Party Earth Review Slightly removed from the bustling U Street Corridor, the unassuming exterior of Town Danceboutique gives little indication of the fantastic flamboyance inside – that is, save for the big-wigged and bedazzled divas primping... ... read full review
2009 8th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Green, Yellow Lines: U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo
F 6pm–4am, Sa 10pm–4am; Su 10pm–3am (holiday weekends only)
Venue can stay open up to an hour later during special events and holidays
U Street Corridor, Washington, DC –
Slightly removed from the bustling U Street Corridor, the unassuming exterior of Town Danceboutique gives little indication of the fantastic flamboyance inside – that is, save for the big-wigged and bedazzled divas primping their costumes on the way through the doors.
Although much of the cavernous two-story venue is taken up by a pair of dance floors – both of which are swarmed by hundreds of revelers long into the night – most patrons start their evening around the stage on the ground floor.
Twice a week, men with tiaras, whips, and curves that would make a woman jealous strut their stuff and seamlessly lip-synch classic hits or Broadway showtunes. Gay and straight men, lesbians, and cheering groups of girls are called up during the shows for lap dances and stripteases, as other performers toss out jokes, lubricants, and condoms.
After the curtain closes, video and light displays erupt throughout the room, and a DJ starts spinning loud dance hits for the suddenly shirtless throngs.
A second DJ brings different music to the equally packed upstairs area, while multiple bars keep the bachelorettes rebellious and the bears on a tear. Sleek elevated lounges give groups a break from busting a move – but nobody at Town Danceboutique tends to drag their feet for long.
Young and older gay men who love to dance, lipstick lesbians, bachelorette parties, and ladies out with their gay besties, 18 to mid-30s.
Drag shows twice a week. DJs spin mostly dance, techno, and house, with different music on each level.
Vending machine snacks. Parking lot next door. Cash only. Multiple ATMs on site.
Cover charge $5–$12. Beer $5–$6, cocktails and rails $5–$7. Coat check $3. Parking $15.
Dance gear: V-necks, designer jeans, tight shirts, ribbed tank tops, tiaras, short dresses.
Either Fridays or Saturdays for the drag show and the dance party that follows.
Nellie's Sports Bar (900 U Street NW) is a straight-friendly gay sports bar with theme nights including Drag Bingo.