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It doesn’t matter what your sexual orientation is—getting it on in restaurant restrooms is an activity enjoyed (more frequently than you think) by all types. But the best place to do it? Gay hotspot Nellie’s Sports Bar, by one admittedly unscientific metric. The U Street NW spot ranked No. 1 in Washington City Paper’s Best of D.C. readers’ poll for Best Restaurant to Bang in the Bathroom. (OK, technically, it was second to the write-in answer of “gross.”) Nellie’s owner Doug Schantz wasn’t too thrilled about the win, but he admits his staff catches people in the act about once a month. The restaurant has no tolerance for such shagging shenanigans: If you get caught, you get kicked out. Some exposed patrons later text or email Schantz to apologize. “They don’t like to get kicked out of Nellie’s because they think they’re going to get banned,” he says. He’ll let them come back, but he won’t necessarily accept their apologies. “I never, ever respond. Ever,” he says. “I just let them hang.”