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Washington, D.C. Nightlife

JR's Bar & Grill

  • 1519 17th St. NW Map It
  • Dupont Circle
  • Bars/Pubs

Updated 05/22/2014

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A popular institution on the 17th Street strip packs in a mostly male, mostly professional gay crowd. Various nights offer show-tunes singalongs, trivia contests and the like. For the "Sunday Funday" day-long happy hour or any time the federal government shuts down, expect a festive, wall-to-wall crowd in this narrow, window-lined space.

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1519 17th St. NW, Washington, District of Columbia, 20036, United States

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Updated 05/22/2014


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By jsg3

  • Approved

Aug 24, 2009

Straight Up Pathetic

Wow, were we blown away by the treatment my wife got. We live close to JR's, and have been in many times to a terribly luke-warm reception. We are typically made to wait as staff look past us to GLBT patrons, but we always made do because it was important to us to spend time with our many friends in the community, and not always in "straight bars". We are neighbors of JR's, so we assumed we would be welcomed. Not the case. Last night, my wife was

given such a hard time when ordering drinks, that patrons were actually telling her "not to worry about it, he just hates straight women." She and her two friends (alas, gay) promptly decided to go someplace else, when the bartender finally decided to serve drinks to their backs. They went down the street, entered, when said JR's staffer chased them inside and started screaming at her for walking out on their tab, on drinks they never even saw, in front of staff at an entirely different location. The web site states "All are welcome at JR.'s regardless of gender or sexuality," but it was clear to my wife, surrounding patrons, as well as our gay friends that straight people are despised by certain staff members, and are treated accordingly. So, if you are straight, enter at your own risk. You never know when some disgruntled bartender is going to have an unwarranted hissy-fit and chase you down your own street, trying to ruin your reputation in another establishment. However, many patrons were very supportive. To those individuals, I thank you. To the bartender, just because you are gay, it does not give you the right to stalk and threaten a woman, particularly one who did nothing wrong. You are still a man, remember that.

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