Meet Kiki, an Exciting New Gay Bar Replacing a Pair of Shuttered Shaw Dives

The U Road NW strip will welcome a new LGBTQ-helpful establishment by the stop of the calendar year that ideas to ultimately dwelling a sprawling beer back garden out back and 4 bars in all.

Kiki will fill in the neighboring properties left powering by legendary watering holes Velvet Lounge and Dodge Metropolis (915-917 U Road NW), which permanently closed through the pandemic. The new task comes from Keaton Fedak, the outgoing normal manager at nearby homosexual bar Soiled Goose.

Kiki hopes to debut in mid-December on the Velvet side, finish with two dance floors, a stage for weekly drag demonstrates, and bar serving margaritas on draft.

“We’re not likely to have something way too extensive just due to the fact it is the dance floor place,” he states. “Classic cocktails but almost nothing too ridiculous.”

By following May well, Kiki will increase into Dodge City’s former tackle and include a modern-day lounge and sports activities-themed bar committed to LGBTQ groups (Fedak’s a member of D.C.’s Gay Flag Football League). The crew will also create out a backyard beer garden with a dozen beers on draft. The foodstuff partner is TBA, and Fedak notes there’s ample space for a foods truck out back again.

The landlords of the next-doorway properties are cousins, so the possibility to lease the two came to fruition quickly once he confirmed fascination. Though the walls cannot be knocked down, Kiki will be related by the beer backyard out again. Modifications to the aging spaces involve beauty updates and wall accents integrating all-inclusive hues.

Just one of his beloved offers from Schitt’s Creek — “I like the wine and not the label” — will be manufactured into a mural out back again.

“We want to produce a harmless area for the LGBTQ group and supply some thing a tiny new D.C.’s missing on these days,” he claims. “We’re hoping to make a gayborhood in Shaw.”

He likens the dance ground vibe to that of Dupont’s dearly missed Cobalt. Town Danceboutique still left Shaw soon after a decade in 2018 to make way for condos.

Rotating gatherings will incorporate a Thursday underwear contest and “Brews, Beards, and Dogs” satisfied hour, together with weekly and daily drink discount rates.

Dirty Goose co-founder Justin Parker suggests he’s “happy” for his outgoing common supervisor and agrees the town could use extra LGBTQ-pleasant bars.

“It’s normally great to have competitors — specifically when you are on the same block,” suggests Parker, who expanded his 5-calendar year-outdated bar’s rooftop in the course of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, a new queer dance bar and cafe identified as As You Are Bar just uncovered a residence on Barracks Row.

Across the road from Kiki and Filthy Goose, unaffiliated homosexual institution Nellie’s Athletics Bar made unfavorable headlines this June after a security guard assaulted a Black woman. Following an investigation by D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, the well-liked bar was fined $5,000 and its license was suspended for seven days for violating District code in permitting several altercations inside of an overcrowded house.

“Unfortunately that occurred the 1st Pride back when it was so fantastic to see all people and the total scene was very good,” claims Parker. “[Then] to have it conclusion on that take note … it could have long gone these a unique way.”

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