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Where to Eat, Drink, and Party for Pride 2022 in D.C.

Glittery cocktails, epic drag shows, and lively brunches are all in the mix this month

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Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken’s Pride vanilla doughnuts with a rainbow glaze return this weekend to benefit SMYAL.
| Scott Suchman for Astro Doughnuts

After a two-year pandemic pause in D.C., Pride is back and brighter than ever this year. The official Capital Pride Opening Party is Friday, June 10 at Northeast club Echostage. The big Capital Pride Parade on Saturday, June 11, takes over the streets in the Logan and Dupont Circle neighborhoods.

New this year is the Pride Block Party along 17th Street NW on Saturday, June 11, with an afterparty at City Winery that night. Pride weekend ends with a festival and concert on Pennsylvania Avenue NW on Sunday, June 12.

This map tracks down select D.C. restaurants, bars, cafes, and clubs offering Pride food and drink deals that benefit LGBTQ+ causes.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. All Set Restaurant & Bar

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Plaza 5, 8630 Fenton St
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 495-8800
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Silver Spring’s All Set brings back its Saturday drag brunch on June 18 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., featuring the queens from Haus of Stone ($10 to enter). All Set will also host a new drag happy hour on Thursday, June 30 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Entry is free, and seats are first come, first served. A portion of proceeds from all Pride-related events will be donated to The Trevor Project. Snag a seat here.

2. DC Brau

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3178-B Bladensburg Rd NE
Washington, DC 20018
(202) 621-8890
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On Saturday, June 11, DC Brau’s Northeast beer garden hosts a WERQ Pride Party & Drag Show (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.); each $15 ticket includes its 5th annual Pride Pils can. This year’s winning design by Chord Bezerra of District Co-Op counters the harmful message of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill. Donations and proceeds go to The Blade Foundation and SMYAL

3. El Tamarindo

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1785 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 328-3660
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D.C.’s El Salvadoran fixture makes a Mucho, Mucho Amor cocktail in homage to LGBTQ+ and Latinx icon Walter Mercado. Sales from the rainbow-hued June cocktail, garnished with an orange slice, a long-stemmed cherry, and rainbow sprinkles around the rim ($12), help support Casa Ruby.

The Mucho, Mucho Amor cocktail at El Tamarindo.
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4. Barkada Wine Bar

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1939 12th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 289-7588
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The gay-owned wine bar off the U Street corridor offers a special Pride flight (a white, rose, skin contact, and red) and “The Gay Iced Coffee 2.0” cocktail (chilled coffee with tequila and honey). A ticketed event on Tuesday, June 28 (7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.), details TBA, includes special guest performances.

5. Tico

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1926 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 319-1400
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Located a block from the parade starting route, this Mexican mainstay has a bevy of Pride events and a new cocktail menu celebrating five historical LGBTQ+ icons; $1 from each Tito’s-sponsored Sylvia Rivera goes to The Capital Pride Alliance. On Thursday, June 9, Vida Fitness throws a happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., or until the keg is kicked. On Saturday, June 11, Tico keeps parade attendees satisfied with to-go quesadillas, snacks, and cocktails sent through open storefront windows. On Thursday, June 16, Tico welcomes Catoctin Creek’s Whiskey Unicorn Fairy for an 80s-themed party from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Tico’s rainbow facade last year.
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6. Don Ciccio & Figli

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1907 Fairview Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 957-7792
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Ivy City amaro makers Don Ciccio & Figli just unveiled a limited line called Eklectika. Tutti Frutti, the first liqueur in the new collection, is a special edition release for Pride. The shimmering spirit is shaded a vibrant purple and made iridescent with edible glitter; $10 of each bottle sold supports local LGBTQ+ organizations.

7. Lyle Washington DC

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1731 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 964-6750
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Lyle’s very own Miss Leggs Benedict will sashay it out for a pre-parade Pride performance on Saturday, June 11 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). The brunch features a Pride cocktail made with Glitta Fades, blueberry, lavender, vodka and egg whites, the Miss Leggs Benedict, and bottomless cocktails. Following brunch, Lyle’s will hand out lavender lemonades and other treats at the Pride Parade Block Party. A “Love at Lyle” hotel package for Pride month includes an in-room candy display, welcome cocktails, and $50 dining voucher. A portion of proceeds go to Capital Pride Alliance.

The Pride-themed facade at Lyle.
Lyle/official photo

8. MI CASA

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1647 20th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 450-4595
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KNEAD Hospitality + Design introduces a Pride month cocktail at all of its D.C. restaurants for June, with sales supporting suicide prevention nonprofit Trevor Project. The Unicorn Spritz features Tito’s, Señora Curaçao, lemon verbena, fresh squeezed lemon, Peychaud’s bitters, club soda, and pearl dust. KNEAD also sponsors this year’s DC Front Runners (DCFR) Pride Run 5K on Friday, June 10, at 7 p.m.

9. Pizzeria Paradiso

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2003 P St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 223-1245
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From now until June 12, the pizzeria’s Dupont location will feature pours and canned beers from local, queer-owned breweries and distilleries, with all sales benefitting SMYAL and The Blade Foundation. Opt for a Pride weekend beer flight ($14) or parade-day special: a draft and shot of Civic Pride Vodka for $10.

Civic Vodka reboots its Pride bottles.
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10. DC Vegan

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1633 P St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 297-0886
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The Dupont vegan restaurant does drag shows on June 9, 11, and 30 hosted by D’manda Martini, the resident drag queen of its brand new Botanical Bar downstairs. DC Vegan will grill sausages and “not dogs” during the parade at 2 p.m., complete with special cocktails like the Flora Fauna.

11. HipCityVeg

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1300 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 318-6010
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The vegan fast-food joint in D.C., NYC and Philly brings back its rainbow-hued Love Shake for the month of June. The strawberry shake is topped with rainbow and glitter sprinkles with a compostable rainbow straw. Five percent of all proceeds go to various LGBTQ+ organizations, including Whitman Walker in D.C.

The Love Shake at HipCityVeg.
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12. DAIKAYA Ramen Shop, DAIKAYA Izakaya

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705 6th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 589-1600
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D.C.’s only queer- and women-owned distillery Republic Restoratives is the starring spirit for June at the ramen restaurant. Sales from Representative Patsy Mink ($28), made with RR’s limited edition Madam Bourbon, Honkaku Reserve Crio Shochu, fermented corn, and macadamia orgeat, will help support Whitman Walker Clinic. Each Wednesday in June, a representative from Republic Restoratives will be on-site to chat about pours. Friday night karaoke at Navy Yard sister spot Hatoba is “Gay Icon” themed for June (think: Lady Gaga and Cher), with a rainbow-hued Out & Proud cocktail.

RR’s limited edition Madam Bourbon.
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13. Dirty Habit

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555 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 449-7095
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On Sunday, June 12 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., the hotel bar hosts a “We Say Gay” party hosted by D.C.’s award-winning drag queen Bombalicious Eklaver. Guests can also expect live DJ sets plus festive food and drink specials, including rainbow-colored churros and “Spunk” cocktail made with vodka, lemon, raspberry and spice.  

14. as you are. DC

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500 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 506-1440
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Capitol Hill’s new gay-owned bar hosts a bunch of June events for Pride. There’s a Tagg Magazine Pride kickoff party with DJ Rosie to raise money for Wanda Alston Foundation (Saturday, June 4 at 9 p.m.); a live screening of The Lesbian Bar Project on AMC (Sunday, June 5 at 10 p.m.); “Greetings From Queer Mountain Queer Storytelling” with an ASL interpreter (Thursday, June 9 at 10 p.m.); and a Half & Half Drag Show and tea party dance upstairs (Sunday, June 12, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.).

15. Officina at The Wharf

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1120 Maine Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 747-5222
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Officina Wharf’s high-energy Elevate Drag Brunch by Whispering Angel is set for Sundays this month starting June 12. Each ticket ($25) includes a complimentary welcome cocktail. On Sunday, June 26, Officina will close out Pride with a Studio 54-themed party following brunch.

Officina’s rooftop drag brunch.
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16. Crazy Aunt Helen's

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713 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 750-8140
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The cozy and eclectic American restaurant celebrates its first Pride on Barracks Row with Pride-a-palooza on Saturday, June 25, at 6 p.m. with resident queen Tara Hoot performing with Anja Dick and Tula. Expect special guests, dinner, prizes, and more (tickets are $20). Festivities for June also include a kickoff Pride party, comedians nights, and readings from the Rainbow Theatre Project.

A peacock mural is the backdrop for a piano covered in flowers upstairs at Crazy Aunt Helen’s
A peacock mural is the backdrop for a piano covered in flowers upstairs at Crazy Aunt Helen’s.
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1. All Set Restaurant & Bar

Plaza 5, 8630 Fenton St, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Silver Spring’s All Set brings back its Saturday drag brunch on June 18 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., featuring the queens from Haus of Stone ($10 to enter). All Set will also host a new drag happy hour on Thursday, June 30 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Entry is free, and seats are first come, first served. A portion of proceeds from all Pride-related events will be donated to The Trevor Project. Snag a seat here.

Plaza 5, 8630 Fenton St
Silver Spring, MD 20910

2. DC Brau

3178-B Bladensburg Rd NE, Washington, DC 20018

On Saturday, June 11, DC Brau’s Northeast beer garden hosts a WERQ Pride Party & Drag Show (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.); each $15 ticket includes its 5th annual Pride Pils can. This year’s winning design by Chord Bezerra of District Co-Op counters the harmful message of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill. Donations and proceeds go to The Blade Foundation and SMYAL

3178-B Bladensburg Rd NE
Washington, DC 20018

3. El Tamarindo

1785 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009
The Mucho, Mucho Amor cocktail at El Tamarindo.
Carla Sanchez/El Tamarindo

D.C.’s El Salvadoran fixture makes a Mucho, Mucho Amor cocktail in homage to LGBTQ+ and Latinx icon Walter Mercado. Sales from the rainbow-hued June cocktail, garnished with an orange slice, a long-stemmed cherry, and rainbow sprinkles around the rim ($12), help support Casa Ruby.

1785 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. Barkada Wine Bar

1939 12th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

The gay-owned wine bar off the U Street corridor offers a special Pride flight (a white, rose, skin contact, and red) and “The Gay Iced Coffee 2.0” cocktail (chilled coffee with tequila and honey). A ticketed event on Tuesday, June 28 (7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.), details TBA, includes special guest performances.

1939 12th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. Tico

1926 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Tico’s rainbow facade last year.
Tico/official photo

Located a block from the parade starting route, this Mexican mainstay has a bevy of Pride events and a new cocktail menu celebrating five historical LGBTQ+ icons; $1 from each Tito’s-sponsored Sylvia Rivera goes to The Capital Pride Alliance. On Thursday, June 9, Vida Fitness throws a happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., or until the keg is kicked. On Saturday, June 11, Tico keeps parade attendees satisfied with to-go quesadillas, snacks, and cocktails sent through open storefront windows. On Thursday, June 16, Tico welcomes Catoctin Creek’s Whiskey Unicorn Fairy for an 80s-themed party from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

1926 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

6. Don Ciccio & Figli

1907 Fairview Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

Ivy City amaro makers Don Ciccio & Figli just unveiled a limited line called Eklectika. Tutti Frutti, the first liqueur in the new collection, is a special edition release for Pride. The shimmering spirit is shaded a vibrant purple and made iridescent with edible glitter; $10 of each bottle sold supports local LGBTQ+ organizations.

1907 Fairview Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

7. Lyle Washington DC

1731 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009
The Pride-themed facade at Lyle.
Lyle/official photo

Lyle’s very own Miss Leggs Benedict will sashay it out for a pre-parade Pride performance on Saturday, June 11 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). The brunch features a Pride cocktail made with Glitta Fades, blueberry, lavender, vodka and egg whites, the Miss Leggs Benedict, and bottomless cocktails. Following brunch, Lyle’s will hand out lavender lemonades and other treats at the Pride Parade Block Party. A “Love at Lyle” hotel package for Pride month includes an in-room candy display, welcome cocktails, and $50 dining voucher. A portion of proceeds go to Capital Pride Alliance.

1731 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

8. MI CASA

1647 20th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

KNEAD Hospitality + Design introduces a Pride month cocktail at all of its D.C. restaurants for June, with sales supporting suicide prevention nonprofit Trevor Project. The Unicorn Spritz features Tito’s, Señora Curaçao, lemon verbena, fresh squeezed lemon, Peychaud’s bitters, club soda, and pearl dust. KNEAD also sponsors this year’s DC Front Runners (DCFR) Pride Run 5K on Friday, June 10, at 7 p.m.

1647 20th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

9. Pizzeria Paradiso

2003 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Civic Vodka reboots its Pride bottles.
Civc Vodka

From now until June 12, the pizzeria’s Dupont location will feature pours and canned beers from local, queer-owned breweries and distilleries, with all sales benefitting SMYAL and The Blade Foundation. Opt for a Pride weekend beer flight ($14) or parade-day special: a draft and shot of Civic Pride Vodka for $10.

2003 P St NW
Washington, DC 20036

10. DC Vegan

1633 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036

The Dupont vegan restaurant does drag shows on June 9, 11, and 30 hosted by D’manda Martini, the resident drag queen of its brand new Botanical Bar downstairs. DC Vegan will grill sausages and “not dogs” during the parade at 2 p.m., complete with special cocktails like the Flora Fauna.

1633 P St NW
Washington, DC 20036

11. HipCityVeg

1300 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
The Love Shake at HipCityVeg.
HipCityVeg/official photo

The vegan fast-food joint in D.C., NYC and Philly brings back its rainbow-hued Love Shake for the month of June. The strawberry shake is topped with rainbow and glitter sprinkles with a compostable rainbow straw. Five percent of all proceeds go to various LGBTQ+ organizations, including Whitman Walker in D.C.

1300 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

12. DAIKAYA Ramen Shop, DAIKAYA Izakaya

705 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
RR’s limited edition Madam Bourbon.
Republic Restoratives/official photo

D.C.’s only queer- and women-owned distillery Republic Restoratives is the starring spirit for June at the ramen restaurant. Sales from Representative Patsy Mink ($28), made with RR’s limited edition Madam Bourbon, Honkaku Reserve Crio Shochu, fermented corn, and macadamia orgeat, will help support Whitman Walker Clinic. Each Wednesday in June, a representative from Republic Restoratives will be on-site to chat about pours. Friday night karaoke at Navy Yard sister spot Hatoba is “Gay Icon” themed for June (think: Lady Gaga and Cher), with a rainbow-hued Out & Proud cocktail.

705 6th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

13. Dirty Habit

555 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

On Sunday, June 12 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., the hotel bar hosts a “We Say Gay” party hosted by D.C.’s award-winning drag queen Bombalicious Eklaver. Guests can also expect live DJ sets plus festive food and drink specials, including rainbow-colored churros and “Spunk” cocktail made with vodka, lemon, raspberry and spice.  

555 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

14. as you are. DC

500 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Capitol Hill’s new gay-owned bar hosts a bunch of June events for Pride. There’s a Tagg Magazine Pride kickoff party with DJ Rosie to raise money for Wanda Alston Foundation (Saturday, June 4 at 9 p.m.); a live screening of The Lesbian Bar Project on AMC (Sunday, June 5 at 10 p.m.); “Greetings From Queer Mountain Queer Storytelling” with an ASL interpreter (Thursday, June 9 at 10 p.m.); and a Half & Half Drag Show and tea party dance upstairs (Sunday, June 12, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.).

500 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

15. Officina at The Wharf

1120 Maine Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024
Officina’s rooftop drag brunch.
Officina/official photo

Officina Wharf’s high-energy Elevate Drag Brunch by Whispering Angel is set for Sundays this month starting June 12. Each ticket ($25) includes a complimentary welcome cocktail. On Sunday, June 26, Officina will close out Pride with a Studio 54-themed party following brunch.

1120 Maine Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024

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16. Crazy Aunt Helen's

713 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
A peacock mural is the backdrop for a piano covered in flowers upstairs at Crazy Aunt Helen’s
A peacock mural is the backdrop for a piano covered in flowers upstairs at Crazy Aunt Helen’s.
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

The cozy and eclectic American restaurant celebrates its first Pride on Barracks Row with Pride-a-palooza on Saturday, June 25, at 6 p.m. with resident queen Tara Hoot performing with Anja Dick and Tula. Expect special guests, dinner, prizes, and more (tickets are $20). Festivities for June also include a kickoff Pride party, comedians nights, and readings from the Rainbow Theatre Project.

713 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

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