Pride Month in D.C. is typically marked by a jubilant parade full of rainbow flags and a surge in business for bars. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the annual celebration of love and support for the LGBTQ community has looked completely different this year. Still, lots of bars, breweries, and restaurants are showing their pride with specials and virtual events through the last week of June.Read More
Where to Find Pride Deals Around D.C. for the Rest of June
Rainbow Jell-O shots, shimmering pretzels, and special beer releases are in the mix
1. Nellie's Sports Bar
Shaw’s resident gay sports bar started selling a variety of frozen alcoholic freeze pops this month. Rotating flavors available of he “alco-pops” at the to-go window include Margarita, Berry Blast, and Hurrican Punch.
2. Capo Italian Deli
The reliable Shaw sub shop expanded its lineup of “Fauci Pouchy” cocktails for Pride. A bright Pride Pouch ($14) comes with Tito’s Vodka, butterfly pea flower, orange liqueur, white cranberry, and lemon.
HalfSmoke is selling a “Wear Your Pride Milkshake” ($5) in June that’s made with vanilla ice cream, pixie sticks, sprinkles, and a whipped cream topper. Make it boozy for $3 more. The restaurant is pledging 5 percent of sales to the Capital Pride Alliance. Available for carryout, delivery, and patio service.
4. Republic Restoratives
The LGBTQ-owned distillery in Ivy City normally celebrates Pride with its annual Not The White House Pride Party fundraiser. This year stuffs the party in a “Pride From Home” goodie bag, with $20 of each $100 bag benefitting Whitman-Walker Health. Each tote is loaded with vodka and products from District of Clothing, Gordy’s Pickle Jar, Salt & Sundry, Little Sesame, Red Bear Brewing Co., Denizens Brewing Co., A League of Her Own, Pitchers, Lil’ Fishy, and Edible DC. Order for delivery or pick-up at Republic Restoratives Distillery.
5. ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar
The D.C. cidery celebrates Pride with the release of a special edition can of its flagship Cidre Blanc cider. A dollar from every four-pack of Cidre Blanc Pride sold (on its patios or via delivery) will go to Casa Ruby, D.C.’s only organization founded and led by transgender women of color. ANXO aims to donate over $1,000 over the course of the month.
6. Shop Made In DC
Washington, DC 20009
The store that represents local makers put together a pride box ($45) that features glittery pretzels by Yoco Confections; a DC Love Pin by Adam Godet Woodworking; and a bandana by All Very Goods.
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The Turkish restaurant in Dupont Circle just released a new Pride-themed cocktail for June. The $10 layered drink comes with grapefruit-peach puree, blue curaçao, and infused vodka.
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8. Red Bear Brewing Co
The year-old, gay-owned brewery in NoMa wraps up Pride month with a week-long series of virtual events including trivia and drag bingo shows. Its brand new Pride 2020 release, a Shandy Pines American Wheat Ale, is available on draft on the patio, in a 16-ounce can, or in a growler.
The fast-casual health food spot from Britain donates $2 from every vegan LOVe Burger towards Center for Black Equity, which aims to improve health and wellness opportunities, economic empowerment, and equal rights for the black LQBTQ community, during the month of June.
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10. Daikaya Group (multiple locations)
The Daikaya Group is selling colorful Jell-O shots ($10 for a flight of six), with 20 percent of sales donated to ActforBlackTransLives.org and the Kween Culture Initiative. Slurp the spiked treats through June at Daikaya, Haikan, Hatoba, and Bantam King.
11. The Yards
Washington, DC 20003
The Navy Yard waterfront neighborhood celebrates Pride with “Rose All Day” sets filled with goods from District Winery, Due South, Maxwell Park, and Shilling Canning Company. The pink party boxes ($20 to $95) are available for purchase through Wednesday, June 24, with $10 of each sale going towards Black Lives Matter DC and Capital Pride Alliance. Available for pick-up at The Yards on Thursday, June 25 and Friday, June 26 ahead of a virtual event on Saturday, June 27, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., featuring guided rosé tastings, flower crown tutorials, and DJs sets.
12. Aslin Beer Company
A portion of proceeds from the Virginia craft brewer’s latest IPA, Now More Than Ever, goes towards Rainbow Families.