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1. Blues Alley Club

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Blues Alley Club
Environment
5
Prices
5
Location
5
Parking
5
Wifi
5

Address: 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 12:30AM

Telephone: (202) 337-4141

Guy: Jazz club


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Laetitia Monnier: Awesome club ! We went there for a date night and it was a great experience. There is little table around the stage where you can get close and cozy. The atmosphere is dark and felted which is perfect for a romantic date. The music was awesome too. It was a mix of jazz, blues, hip-hop and it was definitely perfect. The food was good too with choice from southern cuisine which we love. I think it’s a must do in DC and we’ll definitely come back and recommend it to our friends and family !

Tom Williams: This spot is dope and laid back, I like the location also. The drinks and food were good, this is a must go I will return for sure. They do ask for your vaccination card so don’t be surprised about that. Give it shot and enjoy yourself.

Michael Goodman: Good little historic jazz club in DC. Good space, nice acts coming through. A bit stuffy for my taste, as I usually prefer walk-in casual spots, and this requires tickets in advance. But forcing ticket sales does at least encourage active listeners rather than a raucous, drunken bar crowd. Pretty good layout, good view of the band from most seats in the house. The food is something awful. Get dinner elsewhere.

Carol F: LOVE Blues Alley! Great venue and line ups always. The drinks and appetizers I've had were all very good. I just wish they had a membership. You know... Something like: pay x amount a year and get go to go x number of shows with a simple click. I'd probably go more often.

Adam Galazka: Decided to try this place out for our first jazz experience in DC. It was good. It does get very congested in there as the tables are very close to each other. There was a minimum of $15 order. You can QR code order everything and even check out online. I thought that process was very smooth. Music was good. You are close to the stage. It did take us asking 3 times for some water. It is also warm in there. Can't imagine how it would feel on a warmer day. They also require to see vaccination card. Photo of one is fine.

Anne Schumann: Blues Alley is open and putting on great shows. Vaccinations are required to enter but masks are optional (as of this review). Expect to pay a cover plus a food and beverage minimum. Tickets can be purchased online in advance and there are shows most nights of the week ranging from school bands, local up and commers and national talent. There is a parking garage right across the street or on weeknights you can usually find street parking.

Kelly Smith: The atmosphere was excellent the music had me on the edge of my seat. Paul Taylor and Michael Lington were awesome 👌. The only thing I didn't like was not getting my drink i ordered. They were slow if they have a drink price minimum we should be able to get what we want. Other than that a Great place to visit

Shantell Hartley: The music was great. However, the service was terrible!!! The show started a little after 10pm. I didn’t get my drink until 11:30pm. Right after I got my drink, the show ended!!! They continually got our drink orders wrong and didn’t have any of the mixers we ordered. They even sent a mixed drink to our table in two different glasses, unmixed. It was a MESS! I finally had to ask for my drink to be mixed with a coke since they didn’t have anything else. It was not delicious. I couldn’t even drink it. I had to ask for extra soda because it was so strong. I am really disappointed by this experience. I should have gotten a refund! The two stars are only because the music was good.

Terri Miller: Blues Alley never disappoints! The pefect venue for enjoying live music. The staff is friendly and professional. I saw one of my favorite artist Kim Waters. It was an amazing performance and outstanding band. I looking forward to going back soon.

J D: Wonderful jazz music in a historic carriage house. The quality of the music and musicians was equal to what we hear at our local concert venue. Owners are hospitable and service is quick and efficient. We enjoyed beverages but want to try the food on our next visit. Check this place out and do your part to support live jazz music and a lively venue.

2. Madam's Organ

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Madam's Organ
Environment
5
Prices
5
Location
5
Parking
5
Wifi
5

Address: 2461 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 2AM

Telephone: (202) 667-5370

Guy: Bar


Review: "If you like blues and jazz, that's where you need to be!"

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Brad Badger: My girlfriend and I made sure to stop here after she had been here years ago and loved it. Our bartender Deborah was 10/10. She made some amazing drinks and was incredibly great to us. We got an appetizer sampler and the fried fish bites were absolutely killer. Live music was great as well. Cool vibes and great service. I will definitely stop by Madams Organ again the next time I am in DC!

Eve Breier: Lovely atmosphere! The music is good, bartenders are friendly, nice mix of club-like dance floor upstairs, seated area on the middle floor, and a bar/performance area downstairs. It has it all. Also pretty funky decor all over.

James Bladen: I really wanted to try this place and menu sounded good, but waited over 15 minutes or more for someone to take my order and never did! I asked the bartender if someone was going to wait on my table and I could not hear what his response was, he just mumbled something. I was being as patient as possible and understand places are short staffed. There was a big table of around 10 people upstairs and I was by myself downstairs, I guess that explains it. The bartender was more interested staring at his phone than making sure his customers were taken care of. I was going to order a large order and I do tip good, but sorry, you just lost a customer and me recommending a place if you ignore solo diners like that.
Response: Sorry it didn’t work out for you. We are having labor issues but that is no excuse

Stacy Walker: Awesome spot, easy bar, and amazing entertainment! Check them out on Tuesday nights for great live music

Marieke Kooymans: Worst service we've ever had.. We were a group of 4 and came for dinner and to perform at the open mic. We were completely ignored when we came into the bar, even though it was quiet. At some point we just sat down and when the waitress finally came we asked for cocktails.She threw (literally) a crumpled stained cocktail menu on the table that looked as if it was taken out of the trash. She later explained they don't serve cocktails anymore which maybe explains..? We felt pretty invisible during dinner, it took a long time to order food/drinks and our plates weren't cleared away. We made a pile ourselves of the dishes and napkins ,and when dessert came the pile was cleared away, but the waitress took off the used napkins and put them back on the table for us to reuse. We ordered 2 desserts and got 1, but decided to let it go and just ask for the bill. We tried to get the attention of the waitress but failed. After 20 minutes we walked around to find her and asked her to pay. She looked at us and then ignored us and walked away. it felt very disrespectful. We considered leaving cash on the table and just leaving (risking the cash to be taken by someone else in a now crowded bar). The kitchen porter then came by to clear the rest of our table and we asked him for the bill as a final attempt. He was very friendly and helped us. The waitress then told us the price to pay but we asked for a receipt. She seemed very annoyed and finally arranged a receipt. It took us in total at least one hour and a lot of effort to pay! At this point we did not feel welcome and just went home without playing at the open mic.

Ieshia E. Butler: Food was just ok. Nothing to write home about. I am from the Caribbean and was expecting the soul food to be a bit more flavorful. The waitress was really nice and the menu was affordable.
Response: Maybe you wanted Caribbean food and not Soul food

Amanda: Great dark chilled atmosphere. Multiple floors with a partially covered roof top bar. Live bands. Friendly speedy service. Reasonable food and drink prices. Pool table available.

SHIKATSE KPANYAA: Great Place to have fun in DC. Live bands, hip-hop and country. Three different dance floor at the same place. Judy go to where you wanna have fun. They don't have meals so get something to eat around

DiiJay Victorious: Great place. Bouncer is cool and ppl are sociable. Bands are cool. Beware atmospheres change momentarily and without notice (not for badly, just different crowds)

Alison Scott: Loved the live music, bartender was so friendly! Amazing vibes - so glad we stopped in here. One of my favorite stops while visiting DC

3. Jojo Restaurant and Bar

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Jojo Restaurant and Bar
Environment
4.3
Prices
4
Location
4.8
Parking
4.1
Wifi
4.9

Address: 1518 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 4PM Thu

Telephone: (202) 319-9350

Guy: American restaurant


Review: "Amazing live blues/jazz jam bar."

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Fernanda Lanzagorta: The live music is definitely the best asset of this restaurant. Its 10 dollars for the the music. We were expecting more on the food, the fries and apple tart were the best of all. The ambiance is so cozy and inviting. I’ll come back for the music and the desserts.
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Ev B: This place was PERFECTION! Shot out to our waiter we called him DK (I can't remember his real name sorry) who was GREAT‼️ Excellent Customer Service and the food was AMAZING! THE BAND WAS PHENOMENAL! The Lady at the front door who greets everyone was so sweet and nice. Oh I can't wait to go BACK❤️
Response: Thanks Ev, see you soon!

Victoria Little: 20% gratuity added to check, $2 fee to per person because we brought a cake in. Oh and $10 added to tab for the band, was removed since they weren't playing before we departed. It was a little disappointing since none of this was mentioned when I reserved a table for five. Food and drinks were average. Do yourself a favor and go to a better place for the price.
Response: Thank you, and please take a look at our reservation notes, it's mentioned so its clear to our guest.

mletts423: This is a great spot! The Jazz was incredible. It is a small bar with great sound. The bartenders work really hard and make great drinks! I highly recommend this place!
Response: Thamks, you are the best. Check out our happy hours daily from 5pm-7pm.

Vicki J (MylifeMystyle): Jojo’s a vibe ! If you like jazz / live music then check it out when in DC . There’s a $10 cover for the nights the band is playing live for downstairs seats. The food is tasty as well .
Response: Thank you Vicki, we hope to see you soon.

Anita Molina: What a little gem. We came to enjoy some late night jazz. Cozy inside, atmosphere was fantastic. Loved the ambiance. Excellent food, excellent drinks and most importantly excellent music. We will be back.
Response: Thank you

Emerson P. Daniel: interesting. food is great! the bartender pictured here touched my limes with his bare hands… and he kept going to the side to eat like taking chomps,,, i guess he was really hungry 😂😂😂overall— unsanitary and friendly in a fake way. oh and he didn’t know what the menu pictures were.. like what🤣🤣🤣 do you want me to get something?? and i kid you not my friend was asking about the picture and i literally figured out myself so you would THINK the bartender could do the same let alone know off bat—
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Tiffany Frazier: Loved this intimate spot on our weekend visit to DC. We didn't eat but everyone around us was and it looked yummy. We enjoyed the generous drinks and the Sol Roots Trio band. Will visit again on my next visit. Don't find many spots like this anymore.
Response: Thank you, see you soon!

Alex Moore: Came for the jazz and will probably only come back for the live jazz. The drinks were pretty standard, maybe a little too sweet on their fruit based cocktails. We had a reservation but had to wait ~20-30minutes for the table, despite arriving on time, since the party before us took their time to gather up and leave. The food was ok, and took a very long time to come out. Ordered the lamb chops rare, but only one of the 3 were rare. The chops varied in thickness too, which added to the uneven doneness. The dish was supposed to come with garlic mashed potatoes but came out with a few potato wedges instead, the spinach side was good. They add 20% gratuity to your bill and $10/head for live music.
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Charlene Bermudez: Bar seating, unless reservation for a table has been made. Food was probably exactly one notch higher than bar food, which is not bad at all. As for drinks, I ordered the ellington, which is worth trying out for it's originality and bold taste. The live music was great. The Keith Butler Trio was playing on the night I stopped by. Definitely recommend stopping by when they're scheduled to play.
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4. Alice's Jazz & Cultural Society

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135 reviews
Alice's Jazz & Cultural Society
Environment
5
Prices
5
Location
5
Parking
5
Wifi
5

Address: 2813 12th St NE, Washington, DC 20017

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 6PM Sun

Telephone: (202) 515-0209

Guy: Live music venue


Review: "Great place for live jazz"

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V Webster: Walking into Alice's Jazz and Cultural Society, is like walking into a jazz hall of fame. This place is a must see...and don't forget to enjoy the music! I will return!

Lasana Akachi: I checked out the place on one of the off days for performance. I was impressed with the mural and easy access of entry. The mural greatly encompassed the history and feeling of jazz from it's people oriented organic feel. The folksy vibe was definitely authentic. During it's hey-day, I was largely out of the DC area, so I didn't get to catch the performances as I would have liked, but I knew the manager DeAndrey Howard who is a consumate musician who has a love and appreciation for the music that I have witnessed first-hand over many years and countless venues. If anyone could insure the viability of the music and the place, I knew it would be him. The closing of Alice's place is a lost for us all.

Jadon Marianetti: What a lovely homie place to enjoy local jazz and culture. Every Wed and Sunday night from 6-9p. It's a 501(c)3... Alcohol free, $10 cover. Great artists. Great mission. What else is there to say... This is a low-key gem of Brookland and 5 minutes from the metro, right next to a delicious pizza place (menomale) and a great neighborhood gastropub (Brookland's finest) :)

Ashantie L. Taylor: I love this place. Particularly because it’s alcohol-free, but especially because my son, who is a toddler, is welcomed. Very warm and inviting establishment to enjoy some good music.

Patrice Douglas: My guy friend and I adore this place! We don't drink so it was awesome to find a jazz spot that doesn't serve alcohol! The food (fried fish & salad) is delicious! and the music is a feast for our ears. It's $10 to get in and another $10 for a plate. $40 date night in DC is great for the budget :) The staff there treat you like family. I miss it and can't wait for them to open back up after COVID. I can't say enough good things about this place!

Cynde Thomas: Personable staff, gracious host (DeAndre), excellent fish dinner, and great jazz, jazz, jazz in a livingroom set.

Jerry Lowell: Warm, intimate nin-alcohol club to see good local jazz. Diverse audience with love if music in comm.

Dennis Meizys: I am looking forward to the re-opening once it's safe again.

Laurie MJ: The place was like stepping back in time. Where people came to play because they enjoyed it. This night Pepe and Imani Gonzales was the entertainers

Angie Whitehurst: Great music. An old fashioned "hole in the wall" small cozy ," jazz club. A real treat and they only serve sodas, juice and snacks. There are performances scheduled throughout the week. You have to go on line to see who's performing. On Sundays around six the music is on. Go early to get a parking place, seat and or a table.

5. Columbia Station Club

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151 reviews
Columbia Station Club
Environment
4.4
Prices
4.7
Location
4.6
Parking
4.8
Wifi
5

Address: 2327 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 462-6040

Guy: Bar & grill


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Ayaz Khan: A fantastic jazz venue. Had a great experience. The owner, Mahari, personally checks on all the guests. The bartender Lena is lovely.Great service, relaxed atmosphere. Real Jazz start kicking off around 9pm. Great performers. Will certainly be frequenting this place regularly.

cristalebella B: The owner welcomed us in immediately andmade us feel at home. The Jazz was what dragged us in, and it progressively got better and better. I sipped on my dirty martini and enjoyed all the ambiance this place had to offer. Meoowwww all that was missing was Eartha Kitt 😉 😘

Allison Lau: Reliable establishment for good live jazz & blues. Columbia Station is iconic on 18th street - their unadulterated presence breathes life into the streets. Warm atmosphere with a welcoming hostess, and no cover. We usually just order drinks here because food service can be slow. Stay however long you want - you won't be disappointed with the show!

U.B. Abalu: Ha! I should have read the reviews before coming back here :p The jazz music is great. This has always been a favorite spot of mine, until recently. Had the worst dining and service experience. First of all, when you show up you seat yourself, which is fine. The waitress/bartender brought me a menu and didn't even come check on me again after I placed the menu down and was making eye contact, obviously ready to ask for something, while she was chit-chatting with the other waitress in the corner. I was waiting for my partner to arrive, and when he did, they came to take our orders. He ordered wine, and I wanted to start with water with a lemon. They brought his wine but not my water. Took them 10 minutes to get me a simple glass of water (and the lemon was missing by the way) and I had to ask them for it a second time. Then we ordered the seafood pizza, but they brought out the seafood platter (50 minutes later). We said seafood "pizza" very clearly, but the waitress was not listening. We didn't want to be late for a comedy show next door, so we told them to cancel the order and we'd eat somewhere else, yet they insisted that they would bring our order to us next door and even had the audacity to ask us to pay in advance. Pay for what?? We didn't receive any food yet and service was terrible. We ended up receiving the seafood pizza (a full 1 hour and 10 minutes later by the way) which was delicious. It took additional time for them to bring us small plates. The wait staff don't seem to care that much. The place had been picking up and they seemed oblivious to their bad service, and they seemed slow, under-trained, and overwhelmed. My partner usually always, always leaves a generous tip, but this is the first time I've ever witnessed him leaving ZERO tip. The service was that bad. It was such a terrible service experience. And you know what? There are plenty of jazz/dining options in DC, and we simply won't be coming back to this place.

YT White: This place has great music and very cool vibes. The menu is limited but it's not about the food.

Ellie Twigg: Ugh. Great potential in this AdMo spot but unfortunately, the service from bar staff and ownership is so bad. Horrendously overpriced drinks and rude bartenders in a place that hosts amazing live Jazz music and the occasional comedy night. Diverse crowd and a packed house with little to no service to the seated tables or those sat at the bar. Didn’t keep proper tabs on our bill so we were charged a seemingly random amount. We might be back but only for the jazz and comedy.

Genny Henry: Hello. I have been to this establishment three times and all three times the server has been incredibly rude. Once she charged us for a drink that she tossed when I had simply went to the bathroom. This time was the last straw. We came in and sat down, she greeted us by flopping the menus on the table without a word. Then she comes back three minutes later to ask if we're ready, without recommending anything on the menu, in which we replied, telling her that we were waiting for some friends to park before ordering. Five minutes later, she comes back, and places the promotion card on the table, pointing out the fact that it's a $10 minimum to stay, without saying a word, she just pointed and stared at us. Our friends weren't even here yet and 8 minutes into this place, we already feel unwelcomed. At that point, we called our friends back and told them to not even bother. We asked her to speak to a manager, in which she replied with a face of discuss and anger, and said "What?! Why?" We told her that she was simply being rude. Then she replied, "So! I'm busy!" and snatched the menus off if the table. It was a Sunday night, there were maybe five tables and one person at the bar, she was obviously not busy. When she refused to even retrieve a manager, we walked out. We're never coming back. I just want to let someone know so that others won't have to go through what we went through. The Jazz is amazing, and I don't think it's fair to the talented musicians to see someone drive business away.

Keith Lopes: After we sat down, it took some time for the server to get to us. She was the only waitress on a very busy Adams Morgan Festival day. Also we had to wait for quite some time to actually get our food. The food was okay at best. Please don't get the chicken wings they were bready as hell, not crispy. We spent $50 on not so good food. Besides that, there was some pretty great live music, however it was too loud for the tiny space. If only we had walked two or three restaurants further we would have enjoyed our lunch.

Dwayne Evans: Laid back comfortable atmosphere with no pretense. Good service and music

Elizabeth Goodrich: Sat outside while the jazz band played. Highly recommend. Had the calamari for an app. It was SO good, lightly fried. Then we had a chicken pasta, delicious. Lots of vegetables and seasoned amazingly. Then my partner in crime had a steak that was Pittsburgh style. Sooo good. Came on a Sunday night! Jazz until 1am.

6. Black Cat

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503 reviews
Black Cat
Environment
4.7
Prices
4.8
Location
5
Parking
4.3
Wifi
4.3

Address: 1811 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 12AM

Telephone: (202) 667-4490

Guy: Live music venue


Review: "great music bookings and sound."

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Nick Pascale: performed there with my band, The Missing Peace (check us out) and the staff was extremely nice to us and treated us with utmost respect despite opening for a huge artist. Also music venues normally carry a stigma of being stingy with their alcohol in their drinks but Black Cat served great tasting, well mixed drinks - best venue i’ve experienced in the DMV area!

Tom Burke: I've been to this club a few times over the past 15 or so years. Always liked it. It's a long haul for me (~1.5 hr drive), so I don't go often.

Tom Mole: Covid testing requirements were listed clearly and visibly written on the venue's website. The venue was pretty clean and the restrooms were surprisingly kept up which is rare.. The front desk/counter lady was extremely polite and nice. I will definitely return for another awesome musical performance! DC music shows! :)

Saminda Wijegunawardena: Saw Boy Harsher here on April 10th (2022) and it was the first time seeing this duo. Dark, early new wave-inspired songs, very synth-heavy with pounding minimal beats made for a great show at this raw venue. It was my first time back here in about 20 years, still has a great vibe if not the best acoustics. If they had better sound here and some better vantage points for the folks that aren't 6 feet tall, I'd definitely give it 5 stars.

Ramiro Pena: My past two experiences have been dreadful. They pack the place so full of people it is really concerning. I straight up got panic attacks from just how many people are packed in post pandemic. God bless them but I guess it’s just not for me anymore. It’s so hard to ascertain when the events held here arent packed with a huge huge group of people because besides that I’m sure there are worthwhile acts to watch. I remember one group that did a really cool interpretive dance I’m sorry for the low score but thats me and I think I’m going to add some keywords so that a certain audience can understand. If you have autism or anxiety this might not be the most accesible place for you. The last two times I have been here getting a drink or even approaching the bar has been impossible. The place was so packed inevitability people were rubbing up against me CONSTANTLY. Personally I can’t stand that. This place has pinball which is nice but last time the one machine had a flipper broken. I wish I could enjoy being inside this place but theres no where to sit most of the time I feel awkward walking in and just standing around, I can’t feel comfortable dancing because theres no room to move without brushing up against someone. I just can’t stand that. This is a personal problem but if you have sensory issues like that consider this an advisement

kevin jenkins: Had a great time seeing Flobots. Bartenders are great. Tip them. Well.

JW Francis: I played here on 4/19 and had a wonderful experience! Very cool room with checkered floor. Very kind people behind the bar and working production. Two thumbs wayyyy up!

Jeffrey Hearn (he / him): Limited but welcome seating for a big guy who can't stand for 3 hours at a stretch

Robert Cardoni: Mid size music venue hosting indie and punk acts. Space is long and narrow - so sight lines and sound can be off near the back but it’s still a great space. They recently downsized from 2 levels to one. Kind of sad but at least they weren’t forced out of the neighborhood due to gentrification. Bring cash. No credit cards accepted They no longer have food :(

Marissa Frank: Love going to shows at the black cat. The bar upstairs is no longer cash only, but they will not keep tabs. Drink prices are fine. The bathrooms need some help but it's a small fun venue, it's fine.

7. Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club

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1645 reviews
Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club
Environment
4.9
Prices
4.9
Location
4.9
Parking
4.4
Wifi
5

Address: 7719 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM Thu

Telephone: (240) 330-4500

Guy: Jazz club


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Cory Laws: Four stars for a nice venue and a good variety of performers. Good acoustics. Food is ok. Not great, not horrible. Acceptably decent. Drinks are expensive, but I guess that goes with the situation. Staff was nice, friendly and attentive, especially considering the crowd. I was a bit turned off with the bill. A 20% gratuity was added, with a supposedly "custom" tip. The custom part was on top if the already claimed 20%. Regardless, the music was good, and we had fun. Will be back.

Sassy Sauce: This is a nice club to see performers and enjoy an evening out with friends and family. The tables on the main floor are close together so get there early so you don’t have to navigate through so many people. The food and drinks are pretty good and the prices are reasonable. There is stadium styled seating in the back with approximately 8 rows of chairs. You can order drinks and food from the bar area and bring it back to your seat if you sit in the back stadium seats. The sound quality and acoustics of the musical performances is good as well.

S B: Nice venue and show - we went to a Sunday evening Stokely show and sat in the non-main area and was satisfied. Next time we'll try the table top area. The food was delivered in plastic take-out containers, so it isn't the usual dining experience, perhaps because of the pandemic. Highly recommend.

Dr. DeBo'rah Williams: The venue was nice, however sitting in seats off the floor, at a cost of $75.00; I thought it was inappropriate that we couldn't be served. In order for us mature adults to have to climb stairs and then desend from the Gallery to purchase food and drinks, I was astounded. I drove from Delaware to DC in order to observe the show, I will reconsider in the future.

Charita Mayo: I have been to Bethesda Blues many many times for so many events : live concerts, comedy shows and more. I enjoy myself every time. I love the options of artists they showcase. The tickets are reasonably priced. Now post Covid they changed management or food vendor & their food prices has increased ALOT! I do think that is ridiculous. You could eat before you arrive, but you still have to purchase something like drinks or dessert. Overall I always have a great time and enjoy the performance.

ange nance: I thoroughly enjoyed the show. This is a nice small venue. You get an excellent view of the stage whether you get a table or sit upstairs. The food and drinks are overpriced for the quality and quantity. I suggest eating before you go. But the entertainment was awesome. I will definitely go back again.

T O: We decided to go to a concert here and made a weekend getaway out of it. We drove 4 hours to get here so maybe my expectations were too high but I don’t think so. To start, the venue is ok but old and needs updating. We had two less than great mixed drinks that came in small plastic cups. With tax and gratuity, the total was $45. We ate before we arrived so didn’t order the food. Thank God we didn’t because a lady next to us ordered a $25 salad that came in a plastic container with a lid on it. All food came in a plastic container with a lid on it. If I’m paying this kind of money, there are expectations like a certain quality, glasses to drink from, dinnerware, and silverware. I previously bought tickets to another show here later this summer but am going to think hard about whether I’m coming back. The vibe was completely off and the cost of the tickets may be sacrificed. If you’re going to call yourself a “supper club”, you need to up your game cause this ain’t it.

Stephanie Bullock: Only giving a 1 star because of the Performer . I am in healthcare, and they DO NOT ask to see proof of covid- vaccine as the website stated. We went to see Stockley last Friday evening . The website stated that the doors open at 5pm but the rude security guard peeked his head out the door and said “Well the website is wrong, doors open at 5:30pm” Seeing that it was raining outside , I asked the security guard if I come inside just to use their ladies room, and he stated “ There is a bar across the street that may have a restroom”. My friends and I walked across the street to a beautiful bar owned by the Marriott , where we had the best bartender and the best drinks . We walked back over to the Bethesda Jazz club just in time for the show . Stockley put on a great great performance, but the staff was extremely rude, and I will say eat before you arrive because the food and service was not worth the cost . I will definitely revisit the bar across the street located at the Marriott for happy hour , but will never return to the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Club.

Theressa “T” C: This was my first time here and I had an awesome experience. Bel'a Donna performed and they did an AMAZING job!! I ordered the southern fried wings and it was yummy.

Krista: There's a public parking garage behind the venue with 3 floor so keep driving down if it's full, you'll find something. $20 minimum at the table, which is fine because you'll only have to order one item to achieve. I came to see a comedy show. The tables were reasonably spaced. We sat in front on the lefthand side. Very vintage inside, which I love. The food was a little pricey for what you get. I didn't mind the plastic ware but it was $17 for 6 wings and the same for a small salad. The crew seemed to be organized and attentive to the best of their abilities. I will return... maybe after eating a filling meal 😁

8. Takoma Station Tavern

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614 reviews
Takoma Station Tavern
Environment
4.7
Prices
4.9
Location
4.1
Parking
4.5
Wifi
4.2

Address: 6914 4th St NW, Washington, DC 20012

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 1AM

Telephone: (202) 829-1999

Guy: Live music venue


Review: "Great jam session to honor "Selena McDay" thank you Dave and Mel."

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Selinda Boyd-Graham: Had A Blast!! Great Vibes,Great Band and Great Food and Drinks. Deja Vu was experienced since I hadn't been here since College 😍

Janice Temple: So happy to hear 🎵🎶🎼that Jazz Music is back at Takoma Station Tavern on Saturday Nights. I saw the amazing Antonio Parker 🎷🎷😍 Jazz Quartet. Incredible raw emotions! Jazz that moves your soul. The drinks are 👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾 good and so are the Mombo Sauce Wings 🐔🐔🐔

Antoinette Nue: Not at all happy overall with my experience. My rating is 1-1/2 stars, not 2... and that's for the fries 😐 1. I just wanted Wings, shrimp and fries - - wanted to place an order by phone and pick it up around 5:30 before it got busy. There was no way to reach someone directly by phone - no 'press zero' option. I had to go in. 2. Even though they have 'Add shrimp' as a menu option for Caesar salad, I could not add shrimp to my Charlie Parker basket. The manager tried to mansplain why that was the case, but as with all mansplanations, it made no sense at all. He did agree to discuss it with the owners. 🤨 3. Lastly, the old menu is on the website with the price of $12 for what I wanted, and I had to twist the manager's arm to get him to honor that price. In the end, he gave me the $3 difference between what the register rang and what the online menu showed as the price, but having to twist his arm to honor the price dampened the experience. 4. What ruined the experience completely was that the wings were burnt. That's my fault though; I saw that before I left, but I didn't have any fight left in me. I had just finished an acupuncture treatment and was floating and didn't want to ruin my acupuncture high. I reasoned that maybe it was time to change the oil, but the wings would probably taste good. Once I got home, I found the wings to be tolerable - - with hot sauce on them - - and the fries were as good as they've been on past visits. Will I travel the distance for more of their wings? Nope, probably not. My acupuncturist gave me the name of two places that serve soul food. I think I'll try those instead.

Donald “Bulldog Forever” Sullivan: Been going here for years. Went recently on a Friday night and it was great. Nice crowd, great music and a mature setting. Would recommend to anyone. Be advised parking will be a challenge.

Marketta Hoskins: Went here for a bday sip and paint really nice establishment. Food was good they have a $5 happy hour until 8 p.m. only thing is that the chicken wings weren't done after sending them back twice. Other than that I would definitely recommend for a cute night out. Deserve area 420 friendly overall DOPE spot

Sincere Smith: Really enjoyed my visit! Although I'm vaccinated, I remain cautious; I must say that i was able to enjoy my food and beverages feeling comfortable and covid safe. The manager and bar tender were extremely nice gentlemen. The wings and shrimp were scrumptious!

Dresia Vaughn: Don't care 4 one particularly Ethiopian woman with short blonde hair that works at the bar, definitely not a people person. Personality and self attitude is all about self not the customer. Now overall Club 10 Stars

James Greene: Great place to relax after a long day at work at go chill.

W.Y B: Nice spot. People were kind. Drinks ok. It would be great if the food menu was better. I wish them well. Because that place could really really be a cool hang out.

Duncan Bishop: Great atmosphere to watch games and place bets. Wings were fantastic and service was friendly and quick. No complaints.

9. Union Stage

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497 reviews
Union Stage
Environment
4.2
Prices
5
Location
4.9
Parking
4.6
Wifi
4.6

Address: 740 Water St SW, Washington, DC 20024

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 12AM

Guy: Live music bar


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Mrs. Dino: Small intimate venue with great sound and lineups. Can get pretty crowded but still a fun place to see a show. The VIP area is a little weird, I wouldn't pay extra for it, as it's just a few tables roped off behind General Admisson. I doubt you would be able to see if it was a packed show. Easy to Uber or Lyft to, and is located in a super cute part of the Wharf District. If I lived in DC I would definitely come here often.

Dan Rice: What a great little venue! My kid and I went to see Cybertronic Spree in November. The sound system was perfect for the setting. I didn't feel crowded, the bartenders were excellent. I would definitely go back! Being in the southern outskirts of DC is nice for me because I'm coming in from the south.
Response: glad to hear you had a good time at union stage! - luke

Tricia Alletzhauser: We had a great time here. We saw Niko Moon. It was an excellent show and the bar is a decent venue to watch a show. The bar staff was very nice. Overall, we had a great time.
Response: Thank you!

Dave Nemetz: Great little joint to hear some live music. Easy to get to, just a short walk from the L’Enfant Plaza Metro stop. Saw Will Hoge, and was right up next to the stage. Looking forward to seeing more shows here soon.

Chelsea M: Attended a show at Union Stage this weekend with my child & we had a great time! The venue is very intimate so the band can really feed off the crowd's energy and vice versa. I thought it was cool how to venue is basically under the restaurant. The only thing I thought was weird was the "premier plus seating" was only 4 seats roped off to the side... other than that it was great!

Oooma L.: A most excellent venue if standing (as in NO seating for regular ticket holders) amid a sea of mostly unmasked bipeds on a concrete floor in dark, windowless dungeons excites you. Featured music acts are one or two steps above what is offered at local suburban coffee houses. Meh. Most of the staff were polite.
Response: hi oooma. the floor is wood and the acts are all nationally or internationally touring performers. but yes, most of our concert-goers are bipeds!

Mike Davidson: Cool basement bar for live music right in the Wharf with a decent selection of liquor, rotating drafts, and bottles. Small bar food menu and limited seating. I'd recommend parking a few blocks away and walking if it's the weekend.

Maria Cecilia Pinto de Moura: The Union Stage space is very good, but the 80s dance party on June 25 with DJ Dave Paul was disappointing for 2 reasons. First, too many of the songs were covers of the originals. Second, there was a very dominant drum machine added to all the songs. The songs completely lost their character and were blended together into a dull mass-produced soup. The message that came across was that after all the music from that decade couldn't have been that good, if we have to 'improve' it to motivate people to dance.
Response: hi maria. sorry you didn't enjoy the show. email me at luke@unionstage.com and we can take care of you. - luke

Ann Brennan: Great venue for music. Very intimate without being too crowded. Clean. Easy to park. Good beer selection and attentive staff.
Response: Thank you! Glad you enjoyed your time!

natalie !: Be cautious buying tickets from this venue! I was going to see a show on Jan 25 and it was postponed. The band I was going to see posted about their new tour dates and they were no longer going to perform at union stage and instead at a venue called DC9. I never received a refund from union stage, despite their website states you will receive a refund if a show is canceled. There is my $50 down the drain. I emailed them twice and no response. Very unfortunate that they're deciding to take advantage of their customers and ignoring them. I've been to this venue before and enjoyed my time there. But now, I am going to stay away and don't want to support this venue. Edit: I emailed Luke a week ago and still have yet to receive a response. Disappointed and definitely won't be supporting this venue or any of their affiliate venues..
Response: Go ahead and email us at luke@unionstage.com and we’ll take care of it.

10. The Pocket

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29 reviews
The Pocket
Environment
4.9
Prices
4.3
Location
4.3
Parking
4.4
Wifi
4

Address: 1508 North Capitol St NW, Washington, DC 20002

Schedule: Closes soon ⋅ 11PM ⋅ Opens 7PM Thu

Telephone: (202) 643-7424

Guy: Live music venue


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Anita Hinnerichs: Great live music, you must absolutely go on a Tuesday night for Open Mic night. See 12 performances in one night! It is amazing to see all the undiscovered talent in the DMV here, and even some professional artist make a performanceas well! Truly a fun and memorable night!
Response: Thanks Anita! So glad you had a great time - we need folks like you to help spread the word to keep the community growing and thriving!

Teddy Proctor: Wonderful venue, super nice staff, and a very clean place. It was my first time going to any concert/show ever, and it was a great time. They sell some drinks and snacks, and have earplugs available if you need them. Definitely worth going again and again

Corey Martin: I saw a show in the top-floor venue. It's a very intimate space with great sound and an appropriately sized bar. I would definitely go here again if the right band comes through.

K S: Phenomenal little venue with great people running it. I particularly appreciate that they've maintained a vaccine requirement, it really helps make getting back into live music a lot more comfortable.

Chris B: A small DIY venue for sure but it's pretty well set up. Good sound and lighting and they even have a bar in the back that serves beer, wine and hard seltzer, plus some non alcoholic drinks like soda and La Croix.
Response: Thanks Chris! Hopefully the sound, lights, and intimacy can leverage the size for your experience. We are thrilled to be a space for young bands to grow and be properly presented, and build community at the same time!

XSkillsX: Great little place with excellent sound and lights.
Response: Thanks so much! We put extra effort into making the sound and lights top shelf so this is much appreciated. :-D

Lisa O: I really enjoyed this venue. It is very small, but allows you to meet other people, hang out with the musicians, and the acoustics are great!
Response: Thanks Lisa! We wish it was bigger, haha. Glad you enjoyed the acoustics and intimacy - the music scene needs good quality small rooms to foster young bands and build community!

Sophie Y: SO CUTE, SUCH A GREAT SPOT. highly recommend!!!

Phillip Gray: Awesome venue. Intimate, very professional sound and lighting, amazing staff, positive vibes.
Response: Thanks Phillip! Great having you; see you soon!

Aljin Hayes: Wonderful place. Wonderful people!!

11. Songbyrd Music House

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826 reviews
Songbyrd Music House
Environment
4.6
Prices
4.7
Location
4
Parking
4.6
Wifi
4.7

Address: 540 Penn St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 12AM

Telephone: (202) 544-5500

Guy: Live music venue


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Omar Abu-sabha: I loved going to this place that was located in Adams Morgan. Halfway between concert hall and cafeteria. They have not been able to maintain the essence in the new location. However, they still have a pretty interesting agenda of events, a fantastic atmosphere, and affordable prices. The Drag Queen's night is quite good, fun, and with many points of clever and spicy humor.

Stacy Walker: Really really love this space! It was so intimate, but still felt like a full house with lots of fun! Bartenders were great, line wasn't too long to get in, and they had a masked & vaxxed requirement

Arthenia “Art” Pendragon: Band was great but the venue wasn't. The area around the place is pretty rough, even for DC. There is no seating at all. Just one small table. And for someone like me with severe back problems having to stand for an entire performance can be very painful. Only reason I stayed was cause it was a band that I really liked. Before we even got in we had to stand in the cold for over half an hour past the opening time cause they took forever to check everyone (and we were at the front of the line). Staff were fairly friendly and there was plenty of parking in the union market parking lot.

Don Knieriem: New live music venue/bar in DC. They recently relocated here from a spot deeper in the city. This place is pretty sparse... an elevated stage in front of a big, flat, concrete floor. I'd guess room for maybe 150 peeps? Not much seating at all. Some limited pub type food offerings, and alcohol of course. Nice stage with decent lighting and sound. Not much parking as with most of DC.

Kelton Higgins: The new location sounds amazing. The old location was fighting some unavoidable / unwinnable small room issues. No longer. Big open space with an unobstructed view of the stage from everywhere. Sound is a perfect balance of clear and punchy without any harshness.

Kristin Dunbar: Love this place. Cozy but never cramped. Sound quality beats most of the bigger venues. Everyone is super friendly (a rarity in DC). Easy to get to via Metro & plenty of on-street free parking.

Amethyst Edmond: Went here for a Saleka concert (check out her music) Lovely, intimate venue. Staff was amazing and the food was really good. They have vegan and vegetarian options as well as food for the omnivores. They've recently moved to their current location and split the business in two. So there are no records/merch sales at this location however, they have a record store called Brydland Records down the road. Shout out to Chadwick for being an amazing bartender as well. Was a great time
Response: We are so glad you like our new space! We love Chadwick too, he is an amazing.

John Barnhart: Nice little live music venue. Went to see a place to bury strangers. Cool show, sound wasn't really dialed in, too much mids and highs but nothing some earplugs won't solve

addie Cookie: saw Ritt Momney here and had an amazing time!! fast line and good drink selection! this venue is just the right size to see your favorite small artists!

Carib Gem: A great place to experience Live local music! Great space. There's a upstairs & downstairs. The food is delicious. The Fully Loaded Tater Tots & West Coast Mac n Cheese are delicious. If you like whiskey or brandy definitely try the "Old Fashion".

12. Vegas Lounge

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22 reviews
Vegas Lounge
Environment
4.1
Prices
4.3
Location
4.8
Parking
4.5
Wifi
4.2

Address: 1415 P St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10PM Fri

Telephone: (202) 483-3971

Guy: Night club


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Hezekiahsmom: They charged $15 dollars to get in. The band was ok but the singer was awful. He couldn't carry a tune at all. There were white people everywhere and I prefer more diversity. The only people of color was the band, the people that worked there and myself and friends. The bartender poured me a drink and it was literally half a shot. I switched bartenders and went with the black chick with locs and she made my drink much stronger. I hope they change bands and it's not always the same because i could have forgiven everything but the guy singing was just awful although he wouldn't know because there were drunk people dancing all over the place smh

Morgan Pearman: This place is absolutely disgusting. We paid the $10 each cover as a bachelorette party, had fun talking to the bartender then went to a bar next door after staff told us we should come back later when it was more lively. When we attempted to reenter the bar as we had been told, the bouncer was rude and called us expletives when we questioned why we weren’t allowed in. The bouncer then threw my friend’s phone into the street as we attempted to escape into an Uber. I am from NYC and have literally NEVER seen behavior like this.

Brian Washington: Had a great time....great atmosphere. Everyone was in a great mood and the band gave it all they had and then some. Played some BB KING, FRANKIE BEVERLY, JOHNNY GILL, to SWEET HOME ALABAMA and took requests!

BOOM BLACKA: Great place for the blues.The outside facet is red hot and so is the music.The blues has been apart of of Americana since before it's founding.Many of our fore father's where either slaves or slave owner's. Out of this history of oppression came what we know as the blues.@ it's heart the blues is a historic narrative of the African American's struggle to survive in a inhuman excistence not of their own choosing.Any one can feel the blues but only those who's historical narrative founded and grounded in slavery can clame it as their own.That trial by fire is the badge that can never be appropreated.That being said:"What happen's in the New Las Vegas Lounge stay's in the Lounge. Thank you very much.Viva Las Vegas.BoomBlack has just left the building.

Maria Vargas: I regret not having a minus rate, so my one is way over rated. The doorman didn`t even allowed my wife and I to get in arguing that my wife had too many drinks!!! I guess the guy was drunk, I am glad we did not go !!!

Brent Bjorkman: $10 cover to hear Loverboy covers and $9 drinks with zero booze. These kids are too stupid to know any better. At least on this night, this was NOT a blues bar.

Phil T.: Good for one night.... bathroom smelt like vomit veryyyyy bad. Seemed to be an accepted aspect of the bar.

Jerome Jackson: Cover was well worth it. Play the old school jams with the live music. Can't beat it!

Michele Raglin: Harrassed by members in bar and management did nothing to accept accountability- would not recommend

Nick Depaolo: What a blast. Awesome live music!

13. BloomBars

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16 reviews
BloomBars
Environment
4.4
Prices
4.3
Location
4
Parking
4.3
Wifi
5

Address: 3222 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Telephone: (202) 567-7713

Guy: Live music venue


Review: "Amazing classes for all ages. A very special place woven into the ..."

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Nadirah M: love the vision and creativity! I haven't done any adult programs, but all the children programs my child has participated in have been excellent. staff is great, facility is beautiful, cultural, artistic. programming is excellent.

Jordan Daugherty: Spread the word! And the love! I know a dance instructor here (for kids). Amazing classes for all ages. A very special place woven into the fabric of DC.

James Salt: These people know how to bring people together. Harambe with Baba Ras-d on Mondays 9:30 am, and Thursday and Saturdays at 10:00. Puppet shows and live music for kids on Tuesdays Wednesdays and Fridays. French sing-along on Sunday mornings.

Walter Houser: John Chambers is a living blessing on the community.

Merrie Dodson: Awesome & diverse family programming, and a great community! Definitely worth checking out.

Caroline Dutra: Every Tuesday at 7 PM: Indie Film Night. Really cool.

Mike Samras: A fun, inexpensive option for singalong time with little kids.
Response: Thank you! We hope you'll come back again soon.

Andrés: Amazing community place. Events for people 0-100

Serita Swinton: I’ll be there for your CPR classs!!!!

14. JV's Restaurant

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340 reviews
JV's Restaurant
Environment
4.4
Prices
4.5
Location
4.8
Parking
4.4
Wifi
4.2

Address: 6666 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22042

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 2AM

Telephone: (703) 241-9504

Guy: Live music venue


Review: "Came for the Blues jam and received so much more."

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Natasha Brown: I really enjoyed this place. The food was great. I wanted a low calorie healthy dinner which they had and it was delicious. They served beer and wine only which was ok, I had a chardonnay. I would love to have had a margarita but wine was good enough. Service was great as well but the best part was the live jazz/blues band. Excellent entertainment!

Meg Elizabeth: We were in the area shopping and decided to stop in for a meal due to the ratings on this restaurant. There was music playing which was a nice surprise. The reason for this rating is due to the behavior of the door man. He came to our table three times during the end of our visit asking for $20 for a cover charge. On the first stop to our table, we told him we were just finishing our meal, didn’t have cash and that we were about to head out. At this time, the band was setting up their equipment. The second time he came over, the band started playing and we were waiting on our bill. The service was incredibly slow and it took awhile to get the check however, we did not mind because the waitress was sweet and very busy. On the third visit to our table the doorman just stood there and wouldn’t leave and just stared at us after he made smug expressions demanding $20, watching us sign the receipt. After paying $100+ for a meal and a couple drinks, we were utterly disgusted in his behavior. It is unbecoming to interrupt patrons THREE times demanding money while they are trying to pack up and leave. If people are already in the establishment and a band starts, let them finish eating and leave. I have been to many restaurants with live music and I have never be harassed and treated so poorly over a cover charge. Unfortunately, due to this frustrating experience, we will not be returning. Also, drink prices are not on the menu. We paid $9 for house wine in a plastic glass and $7 for blue moon which seemed steep for a dive bar.

John Velarde: I ate recently by chance, had to come in because it has my initials! I'm glad I did. Came here on a Tuesday or Wednesday night, which happens to be open mic night. Had live entertainment with my meal. They had a number of daily specials. I chose a ribeye steak for about $32. It was fantastic. It was huge and delicious, came with baked potato. I would put this steak against any steak form a fancy steakhouse. It was superb, and for $32 also a great deal. I have been to many fine dining restaurants and expensive steakhouses across the US, and I'm telling you that was one of THE BEST steaks I have ever had, and in that price range it is impressive. The food here is solid. They have music 7 nights a week. My only constructive criticism is the drink prices a re a little high. I had a beer and it was $8 or 9. No beers on tap. This place has been around since 1947. A real landmark. If I was going to recommend only 1 place in Falls Church Virginia, which has many good restaurants to choose from, this would be THE PLACE. My number one recommendation in the entire city.

Victor Espinoza: Brilliant. Magnificent. A work of history and great music. 👍 Don't miss this one if you are in town. Michael is very welcoming and takes ery good care of customer.

Colleen Lanthrip: The food is Like a home cooked meal and well proportioned. The weight staff is kind and friendly. The music is outstanding. There is something happening here every day. Don’t miss out on an adventure add the legendary JV’s.

Robert Sturgis: Can't go in and not hear a great band - whether it be on a Friday or Saturday Night, or any night of the week. Bring your own voice, strings and things and experience your own Rock 'n Roll Fantasy during a Tuesday or Wednesday open mic. Say hello to Loraine and introduce yourself to her staff - they will take care of you. Remember, if you got to make a call - take a ride in the last remaining "Phone Booth" in Northern Virginia...haha. A good time, great food, fine drinks and Triple Chocolate Cake too. It's been 74 years come November. Keep this train rolling.

Devon Hargis: This establishment is a dive bar, but thats what makes this so unique. On first impression you ask what did you get yourself into when you enter, but it grows in you. It has a small dancefloor that will accommodate 15 -20 people, but it's in bad condition and tears up you danceshoe soles.

Dorothy Patton: Family played music there.Son Micheal, Vernon Santmye, sisters Fledia, Sue, June and daughter of Vernon, Bonnie all great singers. And bar waitress wonderful. Great had by all.

Nate B: We enjoyed this place. They had a good band. Staff was friendly. They only serve wine and bottled beer for beverages. I would definitely recommend this place.

Glue Guy: Great live entertainment but don't recommend the food or service. Waited an hour for eggs and French Toast.

15. 9:30 Club

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3418 reviews
9:30 Club
Environment
5
Prices
4.4
Location
4.9
Parking
4
Wifi
4.3

Address: 815 V St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Telephone: (202) 265-0930

Guy: Live music venue


Review: "Wonderful place to see a jam band"

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Brian Copes: I believe it was my second time at this club and it was a great time! Context - I went to a pride/DJ/ drag show event, but I believe it’s a concert venue in the DC area. Security - I believe they have a metal detector and they check your bags so be prepared and consider that from a time management standpoint. Venue- it’s huge with multiple levels including bars, bathrooms and places to stand/dance/watch. I heard there’s a lower level, but last night I was just on the balcony and main floor near the stage. Vibe - loved the mood and energy. It was packed around 11PM EST even though it started at 10PM. There’s was free water, disco ball, alcohol, lights, go-go dancers and people in the mood to have a fun night. Overall, I would recommend this place for a night out.

Ian Pitts: Cozy venue with multiple bars and some food options. Parking is only a block or two away and there are options for food right nearby within walking distance. The ticket checking process was smooth and they even checked a camera that was deemed "professional" for free during the show.

Saminda Wijegunawardena: First time I went to the 930 Club was the one on F Street in 1990. I was a senior in high school and went to see the Ocean Blue perform. They encored with the Smiths' "There is a Light that Never Goes Out" that night. The experience was incredible and indelible. The energy in that small crowded space embodied everything about live music that I enjoyed and was such a milestone for me in my young musical journey. When they moved to their current location a few years later, I was dubious about how it would be. But it didn't disappoint. I saw countless shows there from Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, Morphine, and so many more. It somehow had the same intimate energy even in such a larger space. Now back after 2 decades in California, I have come to appreciate it even more. Recently saw Caribou and the Midnight and both shows were epic. Great sound, and always can get a good angle on the stage. Look forward to enjoying many more shows here in the years to come.

Anna S: I just took my daughter and her friends to this venue for the first time for an all ages show last night. I am so glad that I did! She and her high school friends had a great time! My friend and I had a nice view from the balcony bar and were able to enjoy ourselves and have our eyes on the girls at all times. We called the club earlier in the evening and the woman who answered the phone gave us great instructions on where to park as well! They take the mask and vaccinations proof seriously as well, which made me feel more comfortable about safety. Bathrooms were clean at the beginning and f the night. Overall, for a place to get 4 decades of people all enjoying the same music and scene, the 9:30 Club did a great job.

Michelle: What an awesome venue! I recently saw one of my favorite bands here and was blown away! The sound in this club is amazing! You can feel every beat and note. Also, great staff! Keeping it safe, but fun. 👍🏻👍🏻

Tori Barker: We barely waited in line and we showed up 15 minutes before the show began which in my opinion was fantastic. When I say barely waited I mean the staff greeted us immediately, looked at our vax cards and IDs and because my boyfriend had lost his mask we had to wait 1 minute so the staff could grab us one. The staff were so kind and even though it was super cold they had such a great attitude and welcoming vibe. So thankful for everything at the venue. The people inside were also great and of course the Bartender, fantastic. I could not ask for more from this venue. The set up inside is stunning and our show was amazing! I am from NC but came up to D.C. to see Misterwives and I am so glad it did. A night to remember from start to finish, thank you 9:30 for all you do to keep entertainment alive during these times.

Kevin Fiol: Great venue! Sound was awesome. Stage allows for great views etc. However... I was charged $2 for a 6oz cup of water. They do not sell bottled water (or intentionally sold me a TINY water) There's no place to smoke or vape once you enter the venue so you have to go outside and then go through the entire line again.

Nathan Faneuf: Amazing venue, been here twice so far. Would definitely see a show here. Bring ear plugs, very loud, but good sound. Drinks are expensive, 9 dollars for a shot of Jack Daniels. Friendly staff.

Osaurus G: This is a pretty good venue. Love all the bars and the openness of the floor. The balcony area offers some great views of bands (Bob Mould for me)

Aida mary: Absolutely fantastic venue for a live show! I watched Saint Paul and the Broken Bones plus Thee Sacred Souls play here. The energy was lit! Great location. Great customer service! Would definitely go again. Highly recommend

16. DC9 Nightclub

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DC9 Nightclub
Environment
5
Prices
4.7
Location
4.3
Parking
4
Wifi
4.8

Address: 1940 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 1AM

Telephone: (202) 483-5000

Guy: Live music venue


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DC9 Nightclub: what do users think?


grant rohland: I like going to concerts here the place has a good vibe and nice staff, the only issue I have is the way it's laid out is a bit strange the merch table is right in front of the door so you get people blocking the door trying to get merch. It's a small complaint but overall this is a good spot to go see music I really enjoyed it.

John T: This dive bar is awesome! In the summer you can relax on the 3rd fl rooftop and laugh at everyone waiting in line for the "popular" bar across the street. In the winter they have small indi bands on the second floor. Great concert space. Staff has seen it all so be respectful!

Katelyn Stenger: Intimate venue and very friendly staff. I would highly recommend if you can! The tickets were shockingly affordable and the folks at the front actually checked vaccination and ID. Much appreciated.

Jessica Strahin: Went there for a small intimate concert. Loved the venue and the staff!!

Robert Cardoni: Great intimate show space to see smaller up and coming bands ... only hold about 150 people - so sold out shows are tight. Staff is super friendly. Beer is cold. Sound is good. What more could a music fan ask for Check set times though. Sometime shows are early with dance parties afterwards ...

Omny Miranda Martone: I love DC9. We go here regularly. The bottom floor is a typical indoor bar, the second floor is for dancing, and the top floor is a rooftop bar. Definitely recommend.

Stacey Brooks: Little but intimate. TTNG played twice here and it was a laid back experience. Bar on every level, food always smells great, bands perform on the second level without it being over crowded! Great place to rock!

Joe Nicol: always a good time, the best unofficial gay bar in DC — great acts, cool space

Chris B: 150 person capacity venue means you can get up close to the bands but shows usually end pretty early and the beer list is not impressive by any means. The food is pretty good tho, and be sure to get their garlic fries as a side to whatever you order.

Daniel Cox: Great place for live music. It is a really small and intimate venue which makes for a much better experience. Bouncer was really nice, drinks are averagely priced, and overall a good experience. Would come to a show here again.