Post-Gayborhoods: See Washington, DC’s Historic Logan Circle Before Gentrification Sets In Travel

Post-Gayborhoods: See Washington, DC’s Historic Logan Circle Before Gentrification Sets In

Written by Hornet Staff on December 19, 2016
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post-gayborhoods, gayborhoods, travel, gay travelOver the past decade, the gayborhood has morphed into what’s often termed a “post-gay” neighborhood. At many LGBT-owned businesses, you’re apt to bump into plenty of straight folks as well — and vice versa. And it’s a good bet that the formerly explicitly gay neighborhoods will continue to become steadily more diverse — including the influx of the dreaded “hipster”. But if you can get beyond the sometimes precious conceits of these trendy urban districts, you’ll discover some of the best businesses and restaurants in the country.

Every day for the next two weeks, we’ll be taking a look at a dozen of the most dynamic and interesting post-gay neighborhoods in the United States and Canada. These aren’t necessarily the biggest or the most popular — just a good sampling of especially notable ones. 

To see all the articles in this series, click here.

Logan Circle in Washington, DC

Logan Circle, Washington, District of Columbia, Post-Gayborhood
Logan Circle in Washington DC (Photo: Andrew Collins)

For a couple of decades, Washington’s gay community has been steadily expanding east of the city’s traditional hub of LGBTQ culture, Dupont Circle. The historic Logan Circle neighborhood abounds with beautiful 19th-century townhouses — many of which have been gorgeously restored in recent years.

Logan Circle has morphed from a dodgy and downcast district to one of the hottest spots in town for dining and drinking. As you amble around this area, you’ll spy plenty of rainbow flags — the neighborhood is highly diverse in race, sexual orientation, and style, although rapid gentrification is sadly leading to higher rents and pricing out some artists and younger residents.

Estadio, Logan Circle, Washington DC, Post Gayborhood
A salad from Estadio (Photo: Andrew Collins)

Still, it’s a great neighborhood for walking, and it’s home to one very popular gay video bar Number Nine (there are a few others nearby, including Green Lantern to the south, and Nellie’s Sports Bar and Town Danceboutique to the north). But Logan Circle’s favorite venues for imbibing and eating are all pretty mixed, including the stellar ChurchKey craft-beer bar, Estadio Spanish tapas restaurant, and the trendy French brasserie Le Diplomate, run by celeb-chef-restaurateur Stephen Starr.

Le Diplomate, Logan Circle, Washington DC, Post-Gayborhoods
Le Diplomate in Logan Circle (Photo: Andrew Collins)

At the south end of the neighborhood, you’ll find some hip, inviting, and gay-popular boutique hotels, Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel, Hotel Rouge and The Donovan.

This article is one in a series about post-gayborhoods.

(Featured image via Elvert Barnes/Flickr)

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