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U Street Bar Seeks More Rooftop Drinking Space

Gay bar Dirty Goose is attempting to expand next door

Dirty Goose wants drinkers to congregate on its roof year-round
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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Nearly 2-year-old gay bar Dirty Goose (913 U Street NW) is working on making year-round drinking a thing on its growing rooftop.

“Our goal is to double the size of our current rooftop by occupying the roof of the commercial building next door,” co-owner Justin Parker tells Eater of a plan to take over an adjoining rooftop (911 U Street NW). The expansion would increase seating upstairs from 28 to 43, and total occupancy from 48 to 99, according to an ABRA application first spotted by Popville.

In addition to providing more space, Parker says a quarter of the new addition would be enclosed so that rooftop drinking can occur all year — “and not just during warmer weather.” Of course, all of that is dependent on permitting issues and final approval by local officials.

“We should have a much better idea about the timeline in the first week of August,” Parker says.

Meanwhile, the neighborhood is about to lose an icon in the LGBT industry, with the closure of decade-old nightclub Town on Saturday, June 30. And the music-themed Five to One bar recently shuttered a few doors down from Dirty Goose.