We don’t know about you, but we are counting down the days until the work week comes to a close. This weekend, we will be reveling with the most fabulous guys, girls, and Bitches in the city. That’s right, Capital Pride has arrived and there are endless options to join in on the non-stop celebration. Before and after partying parade-goers watch the floats go by, they can enjoy drink specials, fuel up (or recover) at brunch, and dance the night away. Check out our picks below and parade that pride, Bitches.
Brunch with a Side of Pride
Pre-game the parade with a complimentary mimosa, specialty Stoli cocktails, and an extensive buffet at the newly renovated Dupont Circle Hotel’s Crack-of-Noon Parade Day Pride Brunch. Afterwards, grab a spot on their patio that is situated perfectly for viewing all of the action. The event lasts from 12-3 p.m. and tickets are available for $65 here. The Dupont Circle Hotel, 1500 New Hampshire Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. (202) 483-6000.
Rural Society is delivering Latin flair to Pride Weekend at their Hail Mary Bloody Mary Brunch. The $35 all-inclusive affair includes bottomless mimosas and a Bloody Mary bar with over-the-top “toppings” like house-made sausages and mini sandwiches. They will also be serving up their signature “Holy Mary Evita” Bloody Mary, as well as their famous chimichurri and yellow tomato varieties. The patio will be streaming live music and endless fun. Tickets to the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., are available here. Rural Society is located inside the Loews Madison Hotel at 1177 15th St. N.W., Washington, D.C. (202) 862-1600.
Drink Specials That Will Make You Dance
Lucking out with locations on the parade route, Commissary and Logan Tavern are both serving up specialty Pride cocktails. Commissary is offering the Shut Up & Dance cocktail, an award-winning concoction featuring vodka, sage, mint, and lime. The special will run from Friday at 4 p.m. through closing on Sunday. Guests can sip their spirits a la carte for $8 or make new friends and split a pitcher for $48. Commissary is located at 1443 P St. N.W., Washington, D.C. (202) 299-0018.
A few doors away, guests can continue parade sight-seeing at Logan Tavern while sampling the aptly-named Stonewall Strawberry cocktail for $9. The libation is made with strawberries straight from their EatWell Natural Farm, mint, simple syrup, St. Germaine, and soda. It will available all day Saturday. Hop on over to Logan Tavern at 1423 P Street N.W., Washington, D.C. (202) 332-3710.
If you find yourself more uptown on your way to the festivities, head to Woodley Park’s Open City. The neighborhood created a pride-themed and beautifully bright rainbow cocktail. Stop by and taste the rainbow! Open City is located at 2331 Calvert Street N.W., Washington, D.C. (202) 332-2331.
Pride on the Patio
Get a glimpse of the fabulous passers-by on sunny patios in the parade neighborhood. All located on the parade route in Dupont East, Hank’s Oyster Bar, Duke’s Grocery, and Level One have sunny spots perfect for people watching. Their al fresco areas aren’t the only draw,though. We head to Hank’s when we’re in the mood for brunch with a seafood twist and have been known to all-too-easily devour the now-famous Proper Burger at Duke’s. Hank’s Oyster Bar is located at 1624 Q Street N.W., Washington, D.C. (202) 462-4265. Stay in the neighborhood with Level One located at 1639 R Street N.W., Washington, D.C. (202) 745-0025. Stroll down the street to Duke’s Grocery located at 1513 17th Street N.W., Washington, D.C. (202) 733-5623.
Brunch in Drag
Two of our favorite brunches for unwinding are perfect for Pride Weekend. Nellie’s Sports Bar offers stylish service at their weekend drag brunch, featuring a $26 buffet and complimentary cocktail. Tickets are available here. Keep the party going on Sunday at Perry’s drag brunch where $25.95 gets you a brunch buffet, not to mention entertainment. Their brunch runs from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. and is first-come first-serve. Nellie’s Sports Bar is located at 900 U Street N.W., Washington, D.C. (202) 332-6355. Perry’s can be found in Adam’s Morgan at 1811 Columbia Road N.W., Washington, D.C. (202) 234-6218.
Party with Pride
Be sure to be at Pride Weekend’s kick-off Flashback party sponsored by Capital Pride and Brightest Young Things. The dance extravaganza is featuring tons of groove-worthy musical acts to help you gear up for the fun. The event is happening on Friday at 8:30 p.m. at Arena Stage. Tickets are available for $20 here. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th Street S.W., Washington, D.C. (202) 488-3300.
Ok, so the Vida Fitness Pride Party isn’t really going to the gym but close enough, right? It’s happening on their rooftop Penthouse Pool Club at Vida’s U Street location. The event takes place on Sunday from 10 a.m. until close featuring all the rainbow cocktails and barbecue you need to get your pride on poolside. Reserve a cabana at [email protected]. The Penthouse Pool is located at Vida U Street at 1612 U Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009. (202) 939-2563.
The Main Events
Float on down to the Pride Parade, which will follow a 1.5 mile route from 22nd & P Streets through the Dupont and Logan Circle neighborhoods. Parade participants will include floats, vehicles, walkers, politicians, drag queens, dogs, and more. Be sure to get there early by coming straight from brunch to secure your sightline. The parade takes place on Saturday from 4:30 until 7:30 p.m.
Dance ‘til you drop at the Pride Concert on the Capitol Concert Stage on Sunday. The concert is flashing back to the 80’s and 90’s with Amber, En Vogue, and Wilson Phillips. Those of you among us too young to remember their tunes, will surely recognize hits from Katy Tiz and Carly Rae Jepsen. Showtime starts at 1:00 p.m. in front of the Capitol. Those wanting a closer view can buy $25 passes to get up close and personal with the action here.