From: Friday, May 23, 2025
To: Sunday, June 8, 2025
WorldPride 2025 Washington DC
Celebrate WorldPride 2025 at the 50th edition of Capital Pride in Washington, DC.
- Stay in Dupont Circle in the heart of the gay district. The area fills up fast. Our top choice for Pride is The Ven Hotel with great décor and superb amenities.
WorldPride 2023 – The Events
- The program for WorldPride is currently under development and will be released in late 2023. – Sign up for alerts!
- As home to the Supreme Court and the headquarters for the Human Rights Campaign, the U.S. capital is at the centre of many historical milestones in the LGBTQ+ community
- Worldpride Washington DC 2025 will feature a vibrant and innovative slate of events and cultural programs highlighting the best that Washington, DC, offers.
- From music to film, from the National Mall to Embassy Row, visitors will experience the world through Washington’s multi-faceted and multi-cultural community.
- In addition to the traditional events typically enjoyed at Pride, such as the Pride Parade, Block Party, Capital Pride Street Festival, Capital Pride Concerts and After Parties, organisers plan an array of unforgettable experiences throughout the week that promote the principles of inclusion, affordability, and celebration.
- The 2023 D.C. Pride takes place from the 2nd to the 11th of June.
Gay Washington DC
- Stay close to all the Worldpride events at the Royal Sonesta Capitol Hill with spacious rooms and suites and high-end amenities.
- With rainbow-coloured crosswalks, this Dupont Circle neighbourhood street is the historical home to Washington’s gay nightlife district and home to the famous 17th Street.
- J.R.s – Longtime gay bar does Retro Fridays, Sunday Fundays and even drag-themed trivia on Wednesday nights. Despite the “Grill” in the title, the popular happy hour spot only serves a few small bites, making it a casual retreat with impressive drink specials and daily events.
- Dupont Italian Kitchen – Lovingly referred to as DIK Bar, it is the premier spot for gay karaoke. It’s the kind of place you can come on a Saturday night to drunkenly belt out some Whitney Houston and return on Sunday afternoon for bottomless mimosas.
- Larry’s Lounge – gay neighbourhood pub with always-affordable drinks, solid happy hour specials, mouth-watering pub fare and one of the city’s friendliest patios.
- Logan Circle is home to one of D.C.’s most prominent gay neighbourhoods. 5-minute taxi from Dupont Circle.
- Nellie’s Sports Bar – The first gay venue to open outside of Dupont Circle with a legendary status thanks to its famous events, including trivia and drag bingo, poker nights and karaoke.
- Number Nine – Located in Logan Circle and decked out in mirrors, leather banquettes and dark wood panelling, the Lounge is perfect for nighttime rendezvous. The music video bar upstairs is also a must-see. Get there before 9 pm to enjoy two-for-one drink specials.
- Trade – No-nonsense bar with stiff drinks and a backyard patio, drag queens, and an XL Happy hour, an everyday event until 8 pm, brought to you by the guys at Number Nine.
- Centred on the happening nightlife scene around 18th Street, the Adams Morgan neighbourhood buzzes with eclectic bars, music venues and international restaurants. 7-minute taxi from Dupont Circle.
- Stay in the heart of Adams Morgan at The Line Hotel DC, with beautifully decorated large rooms, a modern gym, highly-rated breakfasts and just steps from the trendy neighbourhood bars and restaurants.
- Pitchers – Set in Adams Morgan, this multi-level gay bar has a sports theme menu and regular party nights.
- Duplex Diner – Find one of the city’s best atmospheres at this 18th Street hub in Adams Morgan. Referred to simply as “The Diner,” make sure you try the house drink of choice: the Lemon (or Lime or Orange) Squeeze, made with a generous pour of vodka and heavy splashes of other liquors.
- Known as Washington’s cultural centre at the turn of the century, U Street has long been the backbone of the city’s homegrown jazz, arts, and civil rights movement. 8-minute taxi from Dupont Circle.
- 9:30 Club – Host of the Bent LGBT party once a quarter featuring theme nights and drag performances.
- The Dirty Goose – In the heart of the U Street corridor, serving great drinks and even better vibes. Choose from an array of martinis with – you guessed it – Grey Goose vodka, kick back and relax. Check out this popular bar during weekday happy hour, when drinks are half-price from 5 – 9 pm.
- Shaw is one of the city’s hippest enclaves, with craft cocktail bars, beer gardens, indie clothing boutiques and trendy global restaurants. 7-minute taxi from Dupont Circle.
- Stay at the Pure Voyage Shaw, an aparthotel rated “Superb” by guests with stylish apartments and penthouses offering guests high-end amenities and sweeping views.
- Uproar – Located in the Shaw Neighbourhood and a must-do Sunday Funday spot with a famous rooftop and great for dancing and meeting new friends. Spread out over three levels; they also host a bear happy hour on Fridays at 5 pm. Every fourth week you can also look forward to their special BHH: Fetish Fridays when the second level is transformed into “a dark and dirty Bear Cave.”
- Tallboy – Casual dive-y bar serving tallboy cans of beer and satisfying greasy spoon dishes like chicken wings and grilled cheese. Don’t miss their Monday night Drag Social Happy hours.
- Easily walkable, Downtown is home to Swanky hotels, wide avenues, high-end shopping and plenty of must-see museums and attractions. 6-minute taxi from Dupont Circle.
- Stay close to the city’s top attractions at The Citizen M DC Capitol, rated “Fabulous” by guests with stylish suites offering big picture windows overlooking the Capitol.
- Soundcheck – Head downtown for late-night Saturday Dancing. Don’t miss the Kinetic Events, including Uncut and Avalon Saturdays.
- Green Lantern – Located in an alley off Thomas Circle, this decades-old dive is a welcome respite from the rest of the city with fun happy hour specials and events all week long. Best known for its Thursday specials in which shirtless men drink free from 10 to 11 pm, and men in underwear get free drinks for a half-hour after the clock strikes midnight.
- Red Bear Brewing Co – Located in NoMa, the only gay-owned brewery hosts hilarious Tuesday night bingo with fun prizes, crazy hosts and delicious beer.
Recommended Hotels in Washington DC
Here are the hotels we recommend that have good reviews and keep you close to all the action
Gay Map of Washington DC
The gay bars in Washington are a little spread out most are within walking distance from Dupont Circle and U Street Metro stations, so we have chosen Hotels close Dupont Circle Metro gay bars as they have high reviews on booking.com our hotel partner .
Recommended Hotels in Washington DC
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5 Star, Luxury
Each room includes a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom where you will find bath robes, free toiletries and a hair dryer. Select rooms offer a seating area. In-room spa services and a yoga mat are also available for guests. You will find a 24-hour front desk and 24-hour fitness centre
4 Star, Readers Choice
Each modern room at the Royal Sonesta Washington DC features a flat-screen TV and plush bedding. Select rooms offer a deep soaking spa bath or a piece of fitness equipment. In-room massage and spa services. A heated pool and sun deck allow guests to relax. The state-of-the-art fitness centre and business centre
The Dupont Circle Hotel
4 Star, Great Value
This hotel is located at the top of Dupont Circle just minutes from the historical landmarks of Washington, D.C. The Dupont Circle Metro station is 120 m away. The rooms at The are furnished with large windows and marble bathrooms. Modern amenities include an iPod docking station, flat-screen TV and free WiFi.
4 Star, Location
Decorated with bright red accents, the modern rooms at Kimpton Banneker Hotel feature a flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi access, and a work desk. An en suite bathroom and a minibar are also included. Bar Rouge offers breakfast, dinner, and weekday happy hour specials in a sleek, modern environment. Morning coffee and tea are available
Video WorldPride Washington DC
A look at the official bid for WorldPride
Top Gay Neighbourhoods in Washington
Washington, D.C. has a thriving LGBTQ+ community that plays a significant role in the city’s cultural, social, and political life. D.C. hosts a variety of LGBTQ+ cultural events and festivals throughout the year. The Capital Pride Festival and Parade, typically held in June, is one of the city’s most significant gay celebrations, featuring a parade, concerts, and other festivities.
Dupont Circle | Close to the city centre
- Dupont Circle has long been considered the heart of D.C.’s LGBTQ+ community.
- It is home to numerous LGBTQ+-friendly bars, restaurants, and businesses.
- The Dupont Circle Fountain, located in the center of the neighborhood, is a popular gathering spot for the LGBTQ+ community.
- Many of the bars and clubs host special events during the annual Capital Pride Festival in late May.
Adjacent to Dupont Circle, Logan Circle has also become a popular LGBTQ+ neighborhood. It offers a mix of bars, restaurants, & cultural attractions.
U Street Corridor
The U Street Corridor is known for its historic ties to the LGBTQ+ community and its vibrant nightlife scene. With several LGBTQ+ bars and clubs.