Nellie’s Sports Bar

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MONDAY - THURDAY: 5 P.M. - 1 A.M. | FRIDAY: 3 P.M. - 3 A.M. | SATURDAY: 11 A.M. - 3 A.M. | SUNDAY: 11 A.M. - 1 A.M.
202.332.6355 | WEBSITE

When Nellie’s first opened in 2007 at the corner of 9th & U Street, NW, some wondered if a gay bar could thrive in a location so far removed from the center of Washington’s gay nightlife scene. But, as the city’s gay community has moved east, Nellie’s (named for the owner’s grandmothers—yes, multiple grandmothers) now the most popular gay bar in all of D.C. Though it’s billed as a sports bar—and serious sports fans definitely come here to catch a game—the TVs rarely factor in on DJ nights when crowds pack Nellie’s rooftop bar.

Known For
  • sports
  • cheap date
  • live music
  • dancing
  • full menu
What to drink
$12 buckets of bottled beer on Sundays and Mimosas on Sundays at Drag Brunch.
U Street
The line on weekend nights can sometimes snake around the block. However, Nellie's is a great place to start a night as several gay-friendly bars are within walking distance.