Town Danceboutique

18 and over / 20s / 30s / ATM / Bachelorette Parties / Cash Only / Coat Check / Cover charge / DJ / Dance / EDM / Dance Floor / Designer Jeans / Drag Show / Gay / Gay Bar / Gay Club / Gay-friendly / House / Lesbian / Little Black Dress / Mid 30s / Tank Tops / Techno / Vending Machines
Town Danceboutique 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... Washington, DC United States 38.916922 -77.022899
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Town Danceboutique - Gay Bar | Gay Club in Washington, DC.
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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

  • Metro:

    Green, Yellow Lines: U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo

  • Phone:

    202-234-8696

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    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

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Town Danceboutique Review

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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...

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.

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Tip from Emma:

The bars at Town Danceboutique are cash only, but they do accept credit cards at the door for the cover charge.

  • Crowd

    Young and older gay men who love to dance, lipstick lesbians, bachelorette parties, and ladies out with their gay besties, 18 to mid-30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Drag shows twice a week. DJs spin mostly dance, techno, and house, with different music on each level.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Vending machine snacks. Parking lot next door. Cash only. Multiple ATMs on site.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $5–$12. Beer $5–$6, cocktails and rails $5–$7. Coat check $3. Parking $15.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Dance gear: V-necks, designer jeans, tight shirts, ribbed tank tops, tiaras, short dresses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Either Fridays or Saturdays for the drag show and the dance party that follows.

  • Close By

    Nellie's Sports Bar (900 U Street NW) is a straight-friendly gay sports bar with theme nights including Drag Bingo.

Town Danceboutique User Reviews

Average rating:
One of the Best Places for Dancing and to Just Have a Gay Old Time!
Jessica E. Jun 16, 2013
Town may be a Gay Club but there's always a mixture of sexual orientations roaming around inside. Yes, there are even straight men. Personally, I love the drag shows. The drag queens consistently put on a great show and I love it when they give bride's-to-be a hard time during their bachelorette parties. The club is very spacious. There are two floors, each floor has a bar, there's a space outside for smoking, and a lounge area at the back of the 2nd floor to rest, mingle, and flirt. The music they play is always great. It's never the usual Top 40 you hear on the radio and, if it is, they DJs have remixed it to perfection. Let's not forget the sexy, male, go-go dancers who always put on such a great show on the 2nd floor. It's like they were the choreographers for 'Magic Mike'. Be sure to bring a dancing buddy and don't worry about waiting in line for too long. I've never waited for more than 10 minutes to enter the club. The 20 dollar admission fee is money well spent but drinks can be a little on the expensive side once you're inside, so I would reccomand pre-gaming a bit before heading out. You can find a very decent crowd at Nellie's Sports Bar just down the street, but don't get too sloshed or they won't let you in to Town!
GETTING YOUR INNER DIVA
Roslyn G. Mar 25, 2013
This place is perfect if you love gay men and drag shows and of course dancing! A group of my friends and I went to Town a few weeks ago and it was such a wonderful time. We danced a lot and enjoyed the male dancers! Its $3 for coat check in and $20 to get in. At the beginning they have a show and you see people all dressed up like divas. The music goes from Beyonce, to Britney Spears to DJ Sammie, very upbeat music! Upstairs is a blast as well because the male dancers come up and dance with you! My friend even got one of their hats! There are many disco balls and lots of lights! Great place to show up with your friends and have an amazing time!
The biggest, friendliest gay dance club in DC.
Joan C. Feb 18, 2013
I used to go to Town every weekend with my friend Evan, a coveted 18-year-old Salvadorian. It’s in the heart of DC: not terribly far from where Apex (which we considered a place for less coveted people to go) used to be. You can get in on Friday, their hottest night, if you’re 18-20: you’ll just have to pay $10 instead of $5. Town is the biggest gay dance club in DC. It’s two huge stories of gyrating guys (it’s mostly guys), massive TV screens showing Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, or Rihanna, a stage for the drag show, and little stages in the middle of the dance floor where the hot go-go dancers wearing Calvin Klein or Under Armour briefs will be outdoing your moves. There’s a big cuddly lounge on the second floor that’s usually crowded. Most people are dressed well at Town, and are under 35. There are more groups of straight girls than lesbians. There’s also drag show every Friday and Saturday night at 10:30. I’m not the best person to judge its merits, but it’s consistent, colorful, and draws a crowd. You don’t dance until it’s over. Town is a good place to meet interesting people, not just drag queens but plenty of other nontraditional types. I remember being propositioned by an attractive group of (I’m pretty sure I got it right): a bisexual Hispanic girl, her bisexual white boyfriend, and their straight black friend who has sex with her and whatever girl they bring home. Town’s pretty inclusive so most people will have options. My favorite thing about Town, though, was the friendliness. It’s a high-class club juxtaposed with some dive elements. For instance, the bathrooms are not that tidy and you’ll be standing in line for a while because there are usually people screwing in them. The drinks aren’t exorbitantly priced, and the coat check guy (he was a PR guy named Steve when we were there) is chatty. You don’t have to undergo scrutiny at the door either. Dance clubs can be fast-paced and hostile, but Town is definitely not one of those.
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