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Uproar Lounge & Restaurant, Florida Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC, USA

This Shaw neighbourhood bar is central to the gay scene and is especially busy on sunny days when the rooftop can be enjoyed to the fullest. When the deck isn't packed, the top floor is full of music and dancing and a side of jumbo wings. There's karaoke every Monday night that draws a lively crowd, and since Uproar is DC's premier bear bar, there's plenty of hot men to get to know here.

Bear, Dancing, Food, Outdoor Seating

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