Posts Tagged ‘Cobalt’

City Paper‘s Best of D.C. Poll: Get Your Sex Preferences On

The Washington City Paper's Best Of D.C. reader's poll debuts today, and we're inviting District residents to file their favorites in the worlds of food, drink, shopping—and, of course, the commercialized end of sex. Need some inspiration? Let's revisit some ghosts of Sexist past for possible nominees in the poll's sex-related categories, from Best Strip [...]

Groping at Cobalt, Consensual and Otherwise

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Is there a more grope-centric nightlife destination in the District of Columbia than Cobalt? Out of the dozens of groping stories reported to the Sexist over the past couple of months, two highly non-consensual groping incidents took place inside the Dupont Circle gay bar. In one incident, a man latched onto a woman [...]

Stories From Male Groping Victims (And One Female Groper)

When the Washington Post's Gene Weingarten took the temperature of D.C.'s groping problem this week, he constructed two separate reader polls—one for women, and one for men.
The women's poll asked questions like these: Have you ever been groped? How did you react? Did you report the incident? The men's poll, on the other hand, [...]

Gay Man Arrested For Mocking Police Bigotry

Pepin Tuma, a 33-year-old gay man, was discussing the recent arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates with a few friends as they walked to Cobalt on July 26. At some point in the pre-bar jaunt, the Washington Blade reports, Tuma loudly condemned the alleged bigotry in the case in a sing-song voice: "I hate [...]

Why Cobalt Is Better Than Ever

First, 17th street club Cobalt retired its high-heel ban. Now, it's doing away with another gay bar tradition: "Bad pop remixes from 1998 layered over a thump-thump beat." That's how Michael Adolphson describes the typical music at a D.C. dance club. This Saturday, Adolphson, 26, and Brian Barrera, 27, hope to bend the stereotype with [...]

Ex-Cobalt Employee Weighs In On The Heel Ban

In this week's paper, I wrote a story about 17th Street gay bar Cobalt's recent overturning of its notorious high heel ban. Today, a former employee of Cobalt who asked not to be named, contacted me with an inside perspective on the reasoning behind the rule. The ex-employee's account of Cobalt's efforts to "keep women [...]

Cobalt Retires Its Shoe Fetish

Point taken: Cobalt spikes its high-heel ban.
On a cold February night last year, Sara, a 24-year-old straight woman, slipped on the perfect shoes for winter bar-hopping: suede boots with a chunky 2-inch heel. She and her friends—another straight woman and a few gay men—were heading out for a night of dancing at Cobalt, a gay [...]