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Nightlife Highlights: Decades of Dance, Ruck the Runway, Election Night Drag Bingo and more!

Our picks of the best LGBTQ nightlife in D.C. this week!

Will Eastman / U Street Music Hall — Photo: Jonathan Luna


Dancing through the decades is the theme at three parties over the next week that collectively span the past 40 years in pop music. First up is Can’t Feel My Face, a party at U Street Music Hall featuring music from the last eight years and named after the 2015 hit from The Weeknd. DJs Will Eastman and Ozker will take turns spinning through hits from the current decade by Beyonce, Drake, the Justins, Kanye, Katy, Rihanna, and Taylor, among others, while Kylos adds a little visual magic. Friday, Nov. 2, starting at 10 p.m. at 1115A U St. NW. Tickets are $12 in advance, or $15 at the door. Call 202-588-1880 or visit

The next night, the Black Cat offers Take Me Out, a party celebrating the indie synth-rock and punky pop sound of the 21st century’s first decade and named after the biggest hit from Franz Ferdinand. Expect LCD Soundsystem, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Killers, Hot Chip, Interpol, Gorillaz, and M.I.A. on the playlists of DJs Matt Walter and Craig Boarman. Saturday, Nov. 3, starting at 9:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. Tickets are $10. Call 202-667-4490 or visit


Members of the gay-inclusive amateur rugby team, founded 20 years ago, will ditch their cleats for heels at this second annual drag affair, aided and abetted by show hosts Kristina Kelly and Ba’Naka. Friday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. at Cobalt, 1639 R St. NW. Call 202-232-4416 or visit


Stop by the 18th & U diner on Tuesday, Nov. 6, for the weekly Beer & Burger Night deal of half-priced patties and $4 domestic brews as you watch the results of the midterm elections trickle in. Duplex will add further appeal by presenting free rounds of bingo from 7 to 10 p.m. Goldie Grigio hosts this game night offering shots and prizes. Duplex Diner, 2004 18th St. NW. Call 202-265-9599 or visit


Darryl Strickland was one of the most prolific DJs in gay D.C. in the ’90s, which makes him eminently qualified to serve as VJ for this first-Saturdays party focused on playing the best video hits of the ’80s and ’90s. There’s drink specials on offer and even the ability to make requests all night long — obviously this isn’t quite a regular night out. Saturday, Nov. 3, starting at 9 p.m. at the Green Lantern, 1335 Green Ct. NW. No cover. Call 202-347-4533 or visit


To coincide with the opening of Bohemian Rhapsody, the gay-friendly Wonderland offers one more costume contest this season — a Freddie Mercury lookalike competition. The ultimate goal is “to pack as many Freddies into our bar as possible,” which any ’70s-porn-loving Queen fan can get on board with. The patron who best captures Mercury’s regalia and splendor wins $250, while second prize takes home $100. Third prize is “a ripped $10 bill and bag of chips.” Saturday, Nov. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Wonderland Ballroom, 1101 Kenyon St. NW. Call 202-232-5263 or visit

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