18th & U Duplex Diner

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MONDAY - WEDNESDAY: 6 P.M. - 11 P.M. | THURSDAY - SATURDAY: 6 P.M. - 2 P.M. | SUNDAY: 11 A.M. - 11 P.M.
202.265.7828 | WEBSITE

The 18th & U Duplex Diner, known as “The Diner” to regular patrons, is a proper restaurant by day, serving delicious greasy spoon fare. At night, however, the tables are cleared away for the drinking crowds. Perhaps the most under-the-radar gay bar to outsiders, as well as the most political of Washington’s gay bars, the Diner is home to high-profile Democratic and Republican operatives who regularly put aside politics when they arrive for the party. Grab a Lemon Squeeze (the bar’s mainstay cocktail), a pile of tater tots and nestle into a booth to see and be seen.

Known For
  • full menu
  • cheap date
  • bar food
What to drink
Longstanding classic the Lemon Squeeze (vodka and lemonade) which packs a wallop or the Rose Kennedy (vodka, soda and a splash of cranberry).
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Don't miss the famous tater tots. Also, “The Diner,” meaning the 18th & U Duplex Diner, is sometimes confused with another diner officially named “The Diner” which is just a few blocks away.