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JR.'s Bar and Grill

Neighbourhood: Dupont Circle
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Address: 1519 17th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20036-6233
Phone Number:
+1 202-328-0090
16:00 - 03:00
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Sun 13:00 - 02:00
Mon - Thu 16:00 - 02:00
Fri 16:00 - 03:00
Sat 13:00 - 03:00

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Landmark "Neighborhood" Bar

JR's is one of those landmark gay bars you just have to visit. It's a chain but still has a neighborhood feel. There are a ton of TVs on the walls but not many places to sit... read more

Reviewed 24 August 2014
Richmond, Virginia
via mobile
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Dimock, Pennsylvania
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95 reviews
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Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Good times with friends and celebrating a special birthday. Staff members were fun and easy going. Fun place to visit.

Thank kjhatelklake
Nashville, Tennessee
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19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

Not sure why this bar has such a reputation, perhaps if we attended on show tunes night or something else it would have been a different experience? There was not a good atmosphere. When checking into our hotel front desk recommended Jrs as a nearby neighbourhood gay bar that was friendly and welcoming to all. Well the staff weren't interested... More 

Thank kazzys88
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19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

Amazing staff and amazing clientele. Especially on the night they sponsor show tunes (Monday). Hit em up whether you're a local or out of towner and you won't be sorry!

1 Thank Brent W
Durham, North Carolina
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213 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2015

I do not understand the appeal (or longevity) of this bar. Even way back in the 80's and 90's when my husband and I used to spend a weekend in DC with friends four and five times a year, we all avoided JR's. There is a -reason- so many people say it's the "Best S&M Bar" in town. Ahem, "Stand... More 

4 Thank Dgtl1
Houston, Texas
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66 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2015

great bar, awesome location great service & strong drinks! music was great and loved the front patio!

Thank Villalva
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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152 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2015

Not only are the drinks HUGELY overpriced but trying to get one is akin to winning the Powerball while getting struck by lightning during a shark attack. They spend all their time staring at their phones and when you do get their attention the looks of complete boredom will put you off. Go some place else. Any place else. Even... More 

4 Thank Scott_A_Drake
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 May 2015 via mobile

They called me a the n word completely unacceptable so sad I will never come here again they are completely racist

4 Thank eaglepage
College Station, Texas
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2015 via mobile

It' s a great place to sip an ice-cold beer and exchange glances with other friends of Dorothy. The music is good, non-repetitive and sure to entice you. Not as diverse as the JR's in Houston, but very welcoming to all.

Thank Kudakwashe K
Hobart, Australia
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217 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2014

We found this bar through the gaycities.com web site. We had wanted a night in the Dupont Circle area and the reviews of this bar were positive, along with the fact that it was near to where we'd chosen to eat dinner (Annie's Paramount Steak House - see separate review). We went in and were served by a friendly barman... More 

Thank Steve K
Richmond, Virginia
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72 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2014 via mobile

JR's is one of those landmark gay bars you just have to visit. It's a chain but still has a neighborhood feel. There are a ton of TVs on the walls but not many places to sit - this was probably the biggest annoyance. Thankfully the drinks are good. We ordered two lemon drop martinis with goose and they were... More 

Thank See_Chris_jetset

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