One of the world's largest gay country-western dance clubs, Remington's (639 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 202-543-3113) is a 6,000-square-foot bi-level space with four different bars, two-step and line-dancing (with lessons available for $5 per person on Wednesdays), and appealing happy hour specials. There's a good mix of nightly parties and themes: Monday drag bingo, Tuesday talent nights, a Thursday male and female go-go revue, Sunday tea dance. Saturdays are the most popular nights for country dancing. The upstairs space has pool tables, karaoke, and other diversions. Remington's is very mixed male/female, and tends somewhat toward a 30s to 50s bunch but sees quite a few younger fans of country music, too. It has a jeans-and-T-shirt kind of vibe, but that doesn't mean you won't see some regulars here dressed to the nines in their best line-dancing threads and cowboy boots. The bar is in the heart of Capitol Hill, close to several other gay hangouts in the neighborhood.
The latest in a long line of mega-dance clubs that have catered to DC's fervent circuit-party crowd over the years, massive Town (2009 8th St. NW, 202-234-8696) is in the Shaw/U Street Corridor neighborhood, several blocks northeast of Dupont Circle (it's best to cab it late at night, although the club is also pretty close to the U Street and Shaw metro stops). With two big dance floors and multiple bars and seating areas, Town pulses into the wee hours (around 4 am) and has great drag shows both evenings. It's open only on weekends, starting at 10 pm: Fridays are 18-and-over and draw a younger bunch, although early in the evening - from 6 until 11 pm, the club hosts a very popular "Bear Happy Hour" (21 and over) that caters to the city's considerable Woof set. Saturdays, it's 21-and-over, and you'll typically find a more eclectic crowd - all ages, and more women (although they're in the minority both nights). The club also opens certain Sunday nights preceding holiday Mondays.
Washington, DC is one of the few cities in the country that allows fully nude dancing, and that's one reason it's always been infamous for its gay go-go clubs. The Navy Yard neighborhood, several blocks south of Capitol Hill, has long been the heart of the action, and the Ziegfeld's/Secrets complex (1824 Half St. SW, 202-863-0670) is a must if you're a fan - and not just of nude male dancers, but also if you love drag shows. The first floor of the club is Ziegfeld's, where the drag shows featuring the likes of Patti Lovelace, Ella Fitzgerald, and Gigi-Paris Couture take place on Friday and Saturday nights. Upstairs, every night but Monday and Tuesday, the hot dancers strut their stuff (typically with their flags flying at full-staff). Amateur contests sometimes take place on Wednesdays. Some grumble that Ziegfeld's/Secrets draws too many bachelorette parties (a complaint at many gay strip clubs); the club does have a policy of permitting women only if they're escorted by a male guest. Regardless, most people seem to have a great time at both clubs. It's best to take a taxi to this out-of-the-way neighborhood; the club also contracts with a reliable and competitively priced car service, Black Car Services (703-625-9003).