Phase 1

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THURSDAY: 8:30 P.M. - 1:30 A.M. | FRIDAY - SATURDAY: 8:30 P.M. - 3 A.M. | SUNDAY: 8:30 P.M. - 1:30 A.M. | CLOSED: MONDAY - WEDNESDAY
202.544.6831 | WEBSITE

The fact that Phase 1 is the nation’s oldest operating lesbian bar (it opened in 1970) says less about “The Phase,” as it’s known locally, than it does about the state of lesbian bars in America. Gay women are always hard up for great bars, and recent years have seen the closing of long-established lesbian joints in many cities. Fortunately, Phase 1 seems to be sticking it out. Located in Eastern Market, there was a time when men could enter the bar only when accompanied by a woman. While that rule is gone (it increasingly welcomes gay men, as long as they respect the bar as a space for women) you will still find a mostly female crowd at The Phase.

Known For
  • cheap date
What to drink
A cheap beer, or whatever the special is.
Capitol Hill
Every second Wednesday is Jell-O wrestling night. Booze, girls and over 50 pounds of Jell-O.