Great Drinks & Company at The Little Gay Pub

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Dusty Martinez, Benjamin Gander and Dito Sevilla own The Little Gay Pub in Shaw. Photo: Courtesy The Little Gay Pub

An iconic three-story-high British telephone booth and rainbow floral mural make The Little Gay Pub (1100 P St. NW) hard to miss. The Logan Circle restaurant, which opened in March 2023, instantly became a little community hotspot.

After working in the hospitality industry for more than two decades, co-owners Dito Sevilla, Dusty Martinez and Benjamin Gander wanted to open a space of their own that celebrated the queer community in DC.

“The gay space has been so static for so long, and it follows the same pattern, which was more clandestine, closed off to the public and shielded,” Sevilla observed, noting that opening the pub was “an opportunity to really shine some light on our kind of nightlife and day life and the activities that we really enjoy as a community.”

The bar itself is “infused and imbued” with history through artwork and culture. The menu is also designed to be inviting and familiar with a variety of snacks and classic drinks. Offerings are highlighted by nostalgic childhood favorites like dinosaur chicken nuggets, ham and cheese sliders and house-made empanadas.

The pub’s drink program works to “reinvent classics that people already know and love,” with a selection of espresso martinis, old fashioneds and more.

The pub’s two bathrooms are beloved on social media as must-see selfie spots. Perfect lighting and decor have made the spaces so popular that the bathrooms have their own Instagram account @Royal_Flush_LGP. Many guests make taking a bathroom selfie the first thing they do upon arrival at the pub.

Sevilla hopes that the neighborhood, and the LGBTQ+ community, will continue to feel seen and celebrated in their “very, very, very welcoming space.”

The Little Gay Pub is open Monday, 5 to 11 p.m., Tuesday, through Wednesday, 5 p.m. to 12 a.m., Thursday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., Friday, 4 p.m. to 3 a.m., Saturday, 1 p.m. to 3 a.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 12 a.m. Visit www.thelittlegaypub.com for more information.

Sarah Payne is a reporter for Capital Community News. She can be reached at sarahp@hillrag.com