Promoting Pride!

Photo: Buttercream Bakeshop

We believe in showing our PRIDE all year long! But we shout it loud and proud in June - National Pride Month. Pride is a time to stand with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) community and celebrate the triumphs of those who continue the fight for civil liberties for e.v.e.r.y.o.n.e. You too can do your part, and do it deliciously. The DC Area hospitality industry is raising the (rainbow) flag in solidarity at places like: 

Pride Month in Alexandria, VA
Celebrate Pride Month in historic Alexandria, Virginia, with virtual, in-person and hybrid events hosted by The Garden at Building Momentum, the Torpedo Factory Art Center and more in partnership with regional LGBTQ organizations such as Safe Space NOVA and Queens on King Street. The perfect home base for visitors, Alexandria is mere minutes away from D.C.’s Capital Pride activities occurring throughout the month. Enjoy the Love Your Summer in Alexandria hotel package with rates starting as low as $83 per night, inclusive of up to $200 in added value.

All Set Drag Happy Hour
Silver Spring’s All Set Restaurant & Bar will close out Pride month out with a celebratory Drag Happy Hour on Wednesday, June 30th. The special happy hour menu will be available until the conclusion of a half-hour long performance from the queens of Haus of Stone, scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy $8 specialty drinks such as the Pretty in Pink (tequila, prosecco, lemon, cranberry, triple sec) or Boston Tea Party (tea-infused vodka, lemonade) alongside pulled pork sliders with North Carolina BBQ sauce, Cornmeal Crusted Fish Tacos, and Oysters on the Half Shell. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Casa Ruby, a local bilingual and multicultural non-profit dedicated to providing social services to DC’s LBGTQIA residents. 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. 8630 Fenton Street, Silver Spring, MD;

ANXO Pride Cider
This year's Pride cider is made with 100% Pennsylvania Northern Spy apples sourced within 90 miles of ANXO's DC facility and fermented with wine yeast in stainless tanks.  The resulting liquid is an exceptional expression of the Northern Spy apple: tart, crisp, sessionable and remarkably apple-y.  A portion of the proceeds to benefit DC LGBTQ organization, Casa Ruby.  For more information on Casa Ruby or to make your own donations, click here. Due to high demand, this release is extremely limited.  Order yours today before it disappears!

Capital Pride's Paint the Town Colorful
There’s nothing quite like Pride month in the nation’s capital. This year, the Capital Pride Alliance presents for the first time Paint the Town Colorful with Pride! Your participation will help promote joy, visibility, and PRIDE within your local community, while simultaneously raising awareness and resources for the continuation of Capital Pride events and programs, and the GivePride365 Fund, benefiting local LGBTQ+ charities. Whether you’re a resident, business, or organization, decorate your most public-facing spaces, such as building fronts, patios, balconies, and yards, to show your Pride.

Rainbow Crumb Cake from Clarkson Avenue
During the month of June, Clarkson Avenue will offer a limited edition "Almond Love Crumb Cake" - an almond cake, with a chunky cherry preserve, piled high with almond crumb topping. They will also feature a “Rainbow Crumb Cake” for pride month. A portion of those sales will go to an LGBTQ+ charity. New York readers, crumb get some! 4603 Middle Country Road, Calverton, NY;

Colors of the Rainbow at Dirty Habit DC
In celebration of Pride month, Dirty Habit DC will be hosting "Colors of the Rainbow" - a month-long series during which the restaurant will feature a different color themed food and beverage offering each week. A percentage of sales of every Pride "Colors of the Rainbow" signature food or beverage item will be donated to the Human Rights Campaign and a Place Called Home. 555 8th Street NW;

Pride Doughnuts from District Doughnut
Pride Month is here, and so is a special doughnut to help you celebrate. On June 12th and 13th, Chef Christine of DC Doughnut is serving the Pride doughnut, a colorful treat that's ready to tantalize your tastebuds. With vanilla bean dough, Funfetti sprinkles, and rainbow buttercream, it's a real beauty. The Pride doughnut will be available on June 12th and 13th only at all shops, or they are available for preorder on their website.

Fairmont’s Love Wins Cocktail for Casa Ruby
Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown is serving the Love Wins Cocktail during the month of June in the Lobby, Loggia and Courtyard Garden.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each cocktail will go to Casa Ruby. Made with Empress Gin, Civic Vodka, St. Germain, lemon and rooftop honey syrup, the purple cocktail celebrates love.  The gin-based libation embodying delicate notes of Juniper and Elderflower was inspired by afternoon tea service at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC, Canada. Civic Vodka is from Republic Restorative Distillery, a small batch, women-owned distillery and craft cocktail bar in the heart of Washington, DC.  The Love Wins Cocktail is $16. 2401 M Street NW;

Pride Month at Foxtrot
All June long, Foxtrot Market is partnering with Brooklyn artist Cute Brute to refresh the packaging of their popular Confetti Cake Brownie. Throughout the month, 100% of the proceeds from sales of the brownie will go to local organization Casa Ruby.

The Freshman’s Pride Month Drinks 
The Freshman will celebrate Pride Month with signature drinks to benefit SMYAL, an advocacy organization committed to empowering LGBTQ+ youth in the Washington D.C. area. The cocktails, inspired by LGBTQ+ history, will only be available during Pride Month. These cocktails include The Stonewall Cocktail, The Freshman’s twist on the original -- and a nod to where it all started. Chambord, Vodka, fresh lime juice and ginger beer. Served with a frozen raspberry garnish, and the Marsha P. Johnson Hibiscus Margarita, honoring this LGBTQ+ rights pioneer’s love for flowers, The Freshman has added Hibiscus into its house margarita. 2011 Crystal Drive, National Landing;

Pride in the Sky at Hedy's Rooftop with DJ Tezrah
Warm summer nights call for live music and cocktails with friends. Dance the night away with sounds from DJ Tezrah at Hedy's Rooftop on select Wednesdays in June. Register for free via Eventbrite, space is limited so access is first-come, first-serve. For dinner reservations, book via Opentable. 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. 1430 Rhode Island Avenue NW.

The Love Shake at HipCityVeg
The Love Shake is a pink strawberry shake, with rainbow and glitter sprinkles, and a compostable rainbow straw. HipCityVeg is donating 10% of the sales of the shakes to local organizations that serve the LGBTQ+ community.  In DC, they will be donating the proceeds to SMYAL and Whitman-Walker.  The shake will be available in all stores through June 30th.

Kimpton Hotel Monaco DC Pride Staycation 
Celebrate Pride with a staycation that gives back. Kimpton is the Trevor Project's Premiere National Hotel Partner. When guests make a reservation at Hotel Monaco DC, Kimpton will donate $10.00 per night to The Trevor Project and guests receive 15% off of the hotel's Best Flexible Rate. The initiative is active for guests who book anytime today through December 31, 2021. For additional information and for rules/regulations, click here. 555 8th Street NW.

Drink Your Pride with NRG Provisions
In celebration of Pride Month, NRG is showcasing some of their favorite beverages that are raising funds for LGBTQ causes, such as ANXO Pride, benefitting Casa Ruby DC. And as the seasons change, your beer supply should shift with it. For summer we’re craving refreshing fruited sours and farmhouse ales from the likes of Tripping Animals, Magnanimous, Humble Forager, Oxbow and more. Last but not least in new releases, Equilibrium, J. Wakefield, Maine Beer Company, New Anthem and Marlowe are just some of the names on this week’s 

Officina PRIDE Brunch & Dinner  
Come out for a drag out brunch filled with DJ entertainment, Absolut & G.H. Mumm drink specials and live drag performances throughout the day on June 27th. Raise a glass to all things rainbow, both for brunch and for dinner!