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Phase One

Capitol Hill

Phase One has done its best to overcome its image of a rough-gurl hangout where fist-flying bar brawls were the norm, though you’re still most likely to find the place packed out when the Redskins game is projected on to a gigantic screen. The bar recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, no mean feat in a business where operations come and go with alarming regularity. Phase One now hosts occasional open mic events, jello wrestling and even the odd dance night. It also stands alone in presenting drag king shows.


Venue name: Phase One
Address: 525 8th Street, SE
Capitol Hill
Washington, DC

Cross street: F & G Streets
Opening hours: 7.30pm–2am Thur, Sun; 7pm–3am Fri, Sat
Transport: Eastern Market Metro
Price: Free
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