Area Businesses Win “The Best” in Washington Blade Reader Poll

by October 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm 1,383 0


“Washington Blade’s” annual reader poll includes numerous favorites in the neighborhood. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT] 

The Washington Blade‘s yearly “Best Of Gay DC” list is out, and one thing is for sure — Borderstan-area businesses are a favorite in the LGBT community. Here are some the neighborhood’s winners from the newspaper’s annual reader poll:

  • Best Dance Club: Town Danceboutique, 2009 8th Street NW
  • Best Happy Hour: Nellie’s Sports Bar, 900 U Street NW
  • Best Gay-Friendly Straight Bar: Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW
  • Best Live Music: 9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW
  • Best Women’s Party: BARE by LURe at Cobalt, 1639 R Street NW
  • Best Neighborhood Bar: Larry’s Lounge, 1836 18th Street NW
  • Best Men’s Party: Mixtape (See our profile on D.J. Shea Van Horn)
  • Best Alternative Party: DC Bear Crue Happy Hour at Town 2009 8th Street NW
  • Best Ethnic: Rice, 1608 14th Street NW
  • Best Brunch: Level One, 1639 R Street NW
  • Best Wine Bar: Cork, 1720 14th Street NW
  • Best Late Night: Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse, 1609 17th Street NW
  • Best New Restaurant: The Pig, 1320 14th Street NW
  • Best Chef: Jamie Leeds, Hank’s Oyster Bar, 1624 Q Street NW
  • Best Date Restaurant: Logan Tavern, 1423 P Street NW
  • Best Local Dish: Half Smokes at Ben’s Chili Bowl, 1213 U Street NW
  • Best House of Worship: Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th Street NW
  • Best Spa/Salon: Bang Salon/Aura Spa, 1517 15th Street NW
  • Best Men’s Clothing Store: Universal Gear, 1529 14th Street NW
  • Best Gym: Vida Fitness, 1517 15th Street NW
  • Best LGBT-owned Business: Hank’s Oyster Bar, 1624 Q Street NW
  • Best Art Gallery: Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW
  • Best Home Furnishings: Miss Pixie’s, 1626 14th Street NW
  • Best Second-Hand Shop: Buffalo Exchange, 1318 14th Street NW
  • Best Nonprofit: Whitman-Walker Health, 1701 14th Street NW
  • Best Hotel: Donovan House, 1155 14th Street NW
  • Best Yoga Studio: Yoga District, 1635 Connecticut Avenue NW (and other locations)

Congratulations to everyone!

Finally, a huge thanks to everyone who voted for Borderstan for Best Local Blog. We were honored to make the ballot along with Dcist, Prince of Petworth, Where The Girls Go and Rage. While we didn’t win the trophy this year as we did in 2011, congratulations to Dcist for winning again.

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