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1. The Anthem

5067 reviews
The Anthem
Atmosphere
5
Prices
5
Location
5
Parking
5
Wifi
5

Address: 901 Wharf St SW, Washington, DC 20024

Telephone: (202) 888-0020

Guy: Concert hall


Review: "A nice addition to the Washington concert scene."

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Maria Park: We went to the Anthem Theater to see LP in concert. My husband and I are disabled and we were astonished at how accommodating they were! We were seated in an ADA accessible section, allowed in right on time without having to stand in line. The bathrooms were very close, as was the bar and food. And the music was superb. We had a fantastic time! We will be back.

Vy H.: Came here recently for a Rebelution concert—it was my first time here and wow this venue is so nice— has a fancy vibe, and venue space is huge! There are plenty of bars around the complex, and even an outdoor patio on the second floor to hang out—the 2nd floor lobby bar is even open after the concert ends! Drink prices are reasonable, and they do offer some food options as well. I would recommend getting seats high up versus the general floor—they are like assigned box seats and you get a good view of the stage without any interference. Also, their sound system is amazing, I really enjoyed the concert experience here!

Dan Soukup: Awesome venue! Went for the first time to see Eric Church. Love that most the place is general admission. We ended up right up front. There were what they call super excellent seats that are the first couple of rows in the balconies and were something like double the cost of general admission tix, but they were very hard to get and sold out quickly and also can't be transferred (they check IDs when you arrive to make sure whoever purchased is attending). I heard they also come with a special VIP entrance so you don't have to arrive as early. The balconies also have a couple general admission standing rows behind the super excellent seats. Facility was super clean, the sound was great, plenty of bars ($9+ for beers though) and pretty much ever place in the theater had great views of the stage. This is now my new favorite venue in the area. Do yourself a favor and take the metro in or park 10-15 minute walk away to save some dough on parking. Very expensive and limited parking at The Wharf itself. Great show and can't wait to go to another!

Marc Neilson: This is a lovely venue and very accommodating when it comes to varying levels of viewing options. For example, if you get general admission, you can choose standing room only on the floor, but there are also options on levels 2 and 3 for standing, which is what I did for the last concert. There is plenty of seating options as well. Being a smaller venue, it never felt overcrowded except I guess for those who choose to pack near the front in general admission. I was able to walk around during a concert and choose various viewing areas, plus purchase food and drinks with minimal waiting. Note, there is a lovely coffee bar on level 3 that also serves non-alcoholic beer. I gave it 3 stars as I feel they have an issue with their air conditioning. I am not sure if the venue has air conditioning, or if it was broken that night, or if they simply chose not to use it. It was miserably hot inside (concert was on July 12), and the artist had to stop the show 5 times due to people passing out. Many of the people attending had been waiting in the hot sun for hours before entry, so you can imagine going from an oven outside to an oven inside. I can't imagine seeing any shows mid-summer, as it must be unbearable inside. The venue did distribute free water and tried to help the people suffering, but it definitely took away some enjoyment of the show and of course, I felt bad for those whose night was ruined. So, if you really must see a show during the summer, don't bother waiting in the sun, there are plenty of good viewing points. You can just come when doors open. Be sure to hydrate well before attending and make sure you get water at the venue. Otherwise, wait until the Fall or Winter.

Ashley: I'm SO glad I saw LP live...a tiny angelic pistol, full of fire. The range, the whistles, the vibe...what a great performance! Nice concert hall...plenty of restrooms & bars scattered throughout. The food I ate there was pretty good too.

David Glotfelty: Great aesthetics, really cool location. The acoustics were less than desirable. The bass just sounded like one big hum. (The bottom end was exceeding the speakers power handling capability.) The vocals were all but lost in the bass mush. But what surprised me most was that the opening group used the exact same equipment at the exact same settings. I've attended many concerts and the opening acts are never allowed to use the headliner's stuff. The headliner should blow you away after the opening acts. That was not the case for this concert.

Greg Bollrud: The Anthem is a good time. Big enough for a crowd but still feels intimate. Box seats if you don’t want to be on the floor (which is remarkably clean). Great vibe with drinks and food at a reasonable price.But what got it 5 stars is that it has a water fountain.

Fer Paints: I went to the Louis Tomlinson show and it was amazing. The sound, the lightning, everything. What I saw, though, was lack of support from the venue workers in order to help when things got out of control a bit with camping being allowed or not and then inside the venue. I got the impression that they didn't want to get involved even when it was their job. Anyway, Louis Team was very helpful as usual and the show was amazing either way. I had a great time and the anthem being located in the wharf it's absolutely beautiful.

Em Callahan, she-they: This venue is gorgeous and well kept! I went to concert, drink and bathroom lines and weren't too long. Sound and crowd was fun. There's even a water bottle filling station. 🚰

ghostface: saw MARINA here in February and had the best time! the show was amazing and the venue is so nice. all of the staff was very helpful and had everything well organized. I also appreciate the covid vaccination requirements because it makes me feel a lot safer. entering and exiting the building was very fast and went smoothly unlike other shows i’ve been to in the past. the seats I had were amazing and I had a great view of the stage. I liked that even though they were floor seats they still had comfortable chairs to sit on instead of being forced to stand. overall, it was an amazing experience and went beyond my expectations. I had the best night ever and I will be going to all of my future concerts here. in fact, I just bought tickets to see phoebe bridgers here in June and i’m so excited to return!

2. Union Stage

497 reviews
Union Stage
Atmosphere
5
Prices
5
Location
5
Parking
5
Wifi
5

Address: 740 Water St SW, Washington, DC 20024

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Guy: Live music bar


Review: "Their concert calendar is chock full of all different kinds of great bands."

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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.

3. Songbyrd Music House

826 reviews
Songbyrd Music House
Atmosphere
4.7
Prices
4.7
Location
5
Parking
4.3
Wifi
4.9

Address: 540 Penn St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5:30PM

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".

4. State Theatre

622 reviews
State Theatre
Atmosphere
5
Prices
5
Location
5
Parking
5
Wifi
5

Address: 220 N Washington St, Falls Church, VA 22046

Telephone: (703) 237-0300

Guy: Live music venue


Review: "Support live music and safely go see musicians you enjoy."

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Daniel W: Lots of fun. Comedy show. Service was good. Show was good Got the grilled wings and blue moon beers. Doors opened at 1900 show started at 2030. Got there at 1930. Place was setup for comedy show specifically. Tables on first floor (half reserved (2 days in advance) half first come first serve with food minimum purchase) upstairs had balcony, movie theatre seats and high chairs with drink rail. The balcony had about 20 seats along rail but is mostly for standing. Bathrooms clean and venue were old (1920s movie theatre) but clean. Will definitely be returning. Configuration is different for different show types (like concerts). Parking was easy (hospital parking garage across street).

N. Moore: Nice Venue! Friendly staff. Enjoyed food and drink, plus comedy show a little over 20 bucks.

Chloie French: I was having a great time. Then a waitress yelled at me to be quiet during a comedy show…….. the people behind me were also laughing very loud. Then when I went to the bar to order a drink she gave me very ugly looks. I felt very uncomfortable and will not be coming back. I really do not understand what I did to deserve this behavior. Other than that the drinks and food were having good. I just felt so uncomfortable from her being nasty to me I will not be coming back. I will also be posting about this on all my social media.

Sally Hamilton-White: The staff was very friendly. They were however UNDERstaffed. My food was cold and took about a hour to get my appetizers, definitely not worth the wait. Parking on weekends is easy,-free at the Kaiser, the drinks were reasonably priced and the talent is subjective. Not sure if I'll go back tho.

Tracy Morris: I attended the $5.00 comedy show on 032522 and it was a bargain for quality entertainment. There were 16 comedians and each was hilarious. Thus was my first attendance at the The State theatre but it won't be my last.

Anthony Shoraka: Good food ... full bar ... attentive and friendly service ... and FREE live music in an outdoor setting ... what more can you possibly ask for?

Ronda Bernstein: It is an interesting venue in that it is a mix of tables and standing area. They could definitely fit more people in if it wasn't for the tables. But it is small enough to have a good view from anywhere (except the tables since people are standing in front of you). Seems to be *the* place to go if you like tribute bands. Parking is free on the Friday nights and the weekends in a garage across the street. Also, staff at the venue are quite pleasant and do a great job helping out and keeping aisles clear.

Ramiro Marquez: We had our wedding reception here and are absolutely thrilled with how everything turned out. The staff was super helpful and really went above and beyond. The communication was great during planning. For the event, we really felt like they were happy to be there. Everything went without any issues whatsoever. If you’re considering this as a venue for a reception, I would highly encourage you to do so.

Adam Grafton: Visited during the Demonatized Tour.A thoroughly excellent venue with a variety of seating, a fantastic menu and wonderful service! I do advise getting the steak & cheese with fries~

Dustin R: Surprisingly spacious inside. Food was good, we has the loaded tots with chili and the tots were crispy even though it was covered in cheesy chili goodness, was definitely enough for 2. Also had the chicken tender and they were good also. Mixed drinks were like $8 but considering the location and that its an entertainment venue i guess thats not too bad. Would definitely attend events here again

5. 9:30 Club

3418 reviews
9:30 Club
Atmosphere
4.1
Prices
5
Location
4.7
Parking
4.6
Wifi
4

Address: 815 V St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Telephone: (202) 265-0930

Guy: Live music venue


Review: "My favourite place to see concerts in DC!"

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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

6. Echostage

2126 reviews
Echostage
Atmosphere
4.1
Prices
4.7
Location
4.8
Parking
4.8
Wifi
4.1

Address: 2135 Queens Chapel Rd NE, Washington, DC 20018

Telephone: (202) 503-2330

Guy: Live music venue


Review: "One of the premier EDM concert venues in the United States."

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Brian Copes: First time checking out this music venue space in DC. I loved the big space for DC standards. Multiple levels with plenty of bathrooms and attendants working the bathrooms too. Went to DC capital pride event and it was nice. Overall, plenty of staff to ensure your safety and good lighting along with DJs. It’s a great place to have a club night in the area.

Lamar Kelliehan: The Griselda concert was live!!!!! Echostage is not huge, so for the price I paid I was way closer than I feel like I should've been. The pics I posted were right before Griselda came out we worked out way way closer to the front. Had a blast going back very soon. Also no violence after the show so that was cool too.

Stefan Kowalewski: Great venue!! I was very impressed by the staff and the cleanliness of Echostage! The staff is very well organized and helpful. The venue is kept clean and well laid out. There's no obstructed view from the main floor, which is awesome! The merch counter is in the corner, out of the way. Restrooms are either side of the building. There is a long bar on one side of the venue. They do have a coat check which is very nice - $5 pet item. I look forward to attending more events at Echostage!

Gavin Chen: Spectacular venue for electronic music. Strict security (goes through wallets). Free water if you walk up to the security near the stages. A lot of bathroom space available. Great audio quality and open space for dancing.

Nik Lathia: I love Echostage! The layout is ideal for concerts and there's easy access to the bar areas for drinks or water. The bathrooms are easily accessible and have plenty of stalls to accommodate large groups. Really well designed venue and the lights and sounds were awesome!

Charlie Butchko: It was awesome! I got to see DJ Diesel (Shaq) perform life. The bathrooms are very clean, with attendants there to soap your hands and hand you paper towels. As well as that, was close to the front during the performance and there was staff handing water bottles out to the crowd. I got a few drinks at the bar (tequila sunrise and 2 shots of vodka,) each were $10. By the end of the show it got pretty crowded, so if you’re claustrophobic make sure to mentally prepare yourself, or stay further away from the stage. All else aside, for sure gather a group of buddies and find a show you like to check out echostage!

Millennial Max: I've lost count of the times I been here! First time I crowd surfed 😂 and I'm a big boy.. Just saw Excision and it was SURREAL, would definitely recommend Just make sure you're good with transportation!

Brian Keith: Great time. The staff were really professional and caring. I liked seeing how they were treating everyone. Make me feel welcome. I would definitely go back.

So Maryn: The dress code here for DJ events seem to gravitate toward “less is more” or think “beach attire”. Pants optional in the sense that bikini bottoms are acceptable as minimum bottom half. Shirt optional for some men. Beware of “bikini trains” moving quickly through a crowd. Noticed an innocent couple who got divided instantly by a train of arrogant bikini wearing club goers. If you don’t pay attention such bikini trains can step on your foot as they stampede you by. Forgot to bring my glow sticks but it was nice to see some colorful glow shoes and even glow fingertips. First level has an open wide space and second level has table service. Restrooms are easy to find and each stall has a note to remind those that only one person per stall is allowed. Once you get in past thorough security it’s not easy to get out as although exit signs are marked, where to actually exit from a lane perspective is hard to find. Parking is challenging near the venue and expect to pay $40-60 right next door. Echostage I thought you were a top notch global venue but you fell short when it comes to servicing your global clientele. An Asian bartender refused to serve us drinks at the bar even when we were standing right in front of her with no one else around. She did however serve others who approached after us asking them what they want. She seemed to be racially profiling my friend who was wearing a religious head covering. We found another bartender who was much more friendlier and we still had fun.

Aaron Shenk: This was my first time at this venue, and I was so so impressed. We saw Chelsea Cutler, and the venue and staff were so great. For starters, there were so many staff on hand to answer any questions and there was plenty of security to keep everyone feeling safe. For the actual experience, the sound system was phenomenal, the security guards passed out water bottles to the crowed between performances (!!!) and just went above and beyond the entire time. I will definitely plan on returning to this venue!

7. Washington Bach Consort

4 reviews
Washington Bach Consort
Atmosphere
5
Prices
5
Location
5
Parking
5
Wifi
5

Address: 1310 G St NW #740, Washington, DC 20005

Telephone: (202) 429-2121

Guy: Orchestra


Review: "... a wonderful place to always hear a great reasonably priced concert!"

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James Davis: This is a wonderful place to always hear a great reasonably priced concert! The Tuesday noon Cantatas are free too!

Monica Daly: One of Washington DC's finest treasures!

8. United States Marine Band

34 reviews
United States Marine Band
Atmosphere
4.8
Prices
4
Location
4.7
Parking
4.1
Wifi
4.9

Address: 7th and L Streets & SE, Washington, DC 20390

Telephone: (202) 433-4011

Guy: Band


Review: "The concert was excellent."

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Kenneth Kaye: The concert was excellent. The combination of various chamber ensembles were unusual and varied in size.

Stephen Vandivere: The Marine Chamber Ensemble always has interesting programs for classical music lovers who want to explore new territory. Performances are always superb. Acoustics of the Sousa Band Hall are also good. One of my favorite places to hear new music.

Michael Meeks: Fantastic opportunity and so thankful to be apart of the organization. What the Marines do there is nothing short of amazing!

Patrick Culver: Magnificent, as always, and free and so special. Everyone should see this band.

Nathan Gregory: This place is awesome, go check out some sweet jams.

Brevon Davis: Performance was outstanding!

Chip Shirley: The USMC Barracks is fantastic.

tstanton _: Ooh Rah !

Kyle Busby: Superb

Brain Soup: Terrible

9. Black Cat

503 reviews
Black Cat
Atmosphere
4.9
Prices
4.2
Location
4.3
Parking
4.9
Wifi
4.6

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

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 7PM

Telephone: (202) 667-4490

Guy: Live music venue


Review: "My fave spot for live music in DC!!!"

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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.

10. Karma DC Live Music Venue

192 reviews
Karma DC Live Music Venue
Atmosphere
4.5
Prices
4.3
Location
4.4
Parking
4.8
Wifi
4.2

Address: 2221 Adams Pl NE, Washington, DC 20018

Telephone: (202) 868-0777

Guy: Event venue


Review: "Nice venue, tucked away in the outskirts of DC"

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Donnell Halford: We went to Karma DC for a Private Party for the Weekend with Mocha Fest. The Establishment was very Spacious with Three Bar Sections. There was a Stage, that allowed the Dancers to be seen from anywhere in the club. A lot of Section Seating. They offered Hookah with some stand up Table as well. The Back outside area was had couch seating as well. It was enough room outside for the Pop up Tent Caterer and a 360° Photo Booth.
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Abigaile M: Parking for an event is a joke. Random people lock off the streets with cones and charge an arm and a leg for parking, even more than the cost for the event. Be mindful of this!Venue itself has a nice atmosphere.

Kathy Neal: I enjoyed the venue not as big as echo stage but it was cute for the two events I attended there
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Brittany M: Bar tenders were nice, lots of space, big dance floor, coat check, decent bathrooms. I had a nice time
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Phillip Cundiff: The music and atmosphere were absolutely amazing. Definitely would go again.
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Artravious Craft: This was the spot Labor day weekend 2018. The music was hitting. The drinks were good. The crowd was even better. This club was one of the highlights of my weekend. I was kinda surprised because I was told it was the teeny bopper spot, but it was young grown and sexy. No fights or catty kids. It was just straight up fun! They even had female strippers and the VIP section with hookahs was cool too! I think they had to pull me out and the end of the night I was having so much fun.
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Kevina Smith: The parties are always nice. The drink prices went up tho🤓
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Jeffrey Van Dam: In general, it seemed the main goal of this place is to grab as much cash as possible. I know businesses are in it to make money, but this seemed excessive. We were given ticket prices and door opening times over the phone. When we got there the prices magically went up and we had to stand outside and wait until it was an hour after the doors open time we were given. We then went in and bought some expensive and tiny drinks. We're were told the tables were $600. Yeah, $600 to sit at a wee little table on the side of the dance floor. Then we were told they were sold out, not that we were going to pay that, but they didn't seem sold out at all, ever. Then we were told we could use a table to stand near the bar for $400. What a joke. First and last visit. Oh, also there seemed to be blocks and blocks of available parking but we were encouraged to park behind a gate and pay $20 because the neighborhood wasn't safe. To be fair that could be true, I don't know. And there were also what looked like broken down cars lining the street outside the club basically bumper to bumper, I'm guessing to take up free street parking, forcing people to pay. Just seemed like a money grab, more so than a cool music venue.

derrick Bowens: Great experience. Alot of love from the DC crowd. Beautiful!!!
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James Boyd: I love this place. It has good lighting, a good sound system and some truly fantastic shows are thrown there. It has an indoor area as well as an outdoor patio. I have nothing at all negative to say about Karma.
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11. The United States Air Force Band

25 reviews
The United States Air Force Band
Atmosphere
4.9
Prices
4.4
Location
4.5
Parking
4
Wifi
5

Address: 201 McChord St, Washington, DC 20032

Schedule: Open 24 hours

Telephone: (202) 767-4310

Guy: Arts organization


Review: "They are an incredible group of musicians that do all ..."

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Susan Spitz: As a former Air Force Brat, (Old Man served 30 years in Army, Army Air Corps, USAF) still get chills whenever I play our CD of the USAF Band playing "Wild, Blue, Yonder

Victor Santiago: They are an incredible group of musicians that do all they can to motivate the troops and the civilians that attend there concerts.
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Fasttrac68: Best band in the world!

Bill Sill: Awesome

Robert Labort: (Translated by Google) Excellent(Original)Excelent

Carlos Gatica: (Translated by Google) 5 stars(Original)5 estrellas

12. The Theater

1329 reviews
The Theater
Atmosphere
4.1
Prices
4
Location
4.1
Parking
4.6
Wifi
4.5

Address: MGM National Harbor Resort & Casino, 101 MGM National Ave, Oxon Hill, MD 20745

Telephone: (800) 745-3000

Guy: Live music venue


Review: "Great concert facility!"

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Tammy Farmer: Nice place, and pretty much all seats are good viewing because of the size. Would definitely come back to see other artists here. Easy in and out. Clean and comfortable as well.

Billy Sherman: I loved it. Large enough to feel like an actual venue but also feel quaint. Great time. Great seats. Professional staff.

Brett Skipper: We went the the MGM Theater to see Joe Bonamassaa. The theater is located inside the MGM Casino. It is really easy to get to and to leave from off of 495. It's on the Maryland side of the bridge. The Casino was impressive as casinos go. The theater was well laid out with good acoustics. Everyone was friendly and there was a full bar. We would certainly return.

Jeremy Baker: FANTASTIC VENUE! Floor seats were fantastic. Nice padded chairs so your backside doesn't get too sore. Lots of staff to help you out. Great acoustics and an amazing sound system.

Debra McDonald: Such a beautiful venue. Loved the theatre was there for the Full Circle tour. Will have to go back and stay at the hotel and explore the area.

Naya Moore: Baby Face and Kem kilt it! #periodtParking was great. Avoided Valet was to crowded. Went to overflow parking on the other side. Checkin process went smooth. They didnot check IDs or Vaccination cards!

Flodrica Williams: Went to see Babyface and Kem this past weekend at the MGM Grand Theater and it was the absolute best experience! The venue is so classy, intimate, and clean! I am definitely looking forward to attending more shows here in the future! 😊

Kristen Barrett: The picture in my review is from the 300 area balcony section. The staff was very helpful when getting everyone seated. I would recommend making sure you arrive with plenty of time to park prior to your show.

Troy Mitchell: Very clean and comfy experience. This is not the MGM Grand of Vegas with a grand auditorium but none the less it was nice as I and one of my friends watched the classic game show The Price is Right. Staffing was excellent, kind, warm with great spirits.

Peter McCormick: Very nice place for Concerts. No bad seats. Very convenient to get to. Highly recommend for visits.

13. Washington Performing Arts

5 reviews
Washington Performing Arts
Atmosphere
4.9
Prices
4.4
Location
4.5
Parking
5
Wifi
4.6

Address: 1400 K St NW #500, Washington, DC 20005

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9:30AM

Telephone: (202) 785-9727

Guy: Entertainment agency


Review: "Inspiring work by new and existing musicians and singers."

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The Pink Line Project: The Washington Performing Arts Society does an excellent job at providing classical music to all in the greater Washington, DC area. From top-notch soloists to enticing performances, the WPAS works continuously and tirelessly to dispense exalting productions to all.

ANTHONY BRITTI: We purchased tickets through Washington Performing Arts Society, only to learn later that we had a conflict which did not permit us to go to the performance. WPAS does not allow exchanges of tickets. We're out nearly $100.00, and we're not happy. We will be avoiding WPAS like the plague in the future. Caveat emptor.

Mark Bilfield: Great, innovative programs. Inspiring work by new and existing musicians and singers. Extremely well run organization! Involved and respected for their efforts to promote local community talent as well as well known artists.

Michael Bowie: Top notch organization.

14. The Birchmere

2156 reviews
The Birchmere
Atmosphere
5
Prices
4.4
Location
4.9
Parking
4.9
Wifi
4.3

Address: 3701 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22305

Telephone: (703) 549-7500

Guy: Concert hall


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Christian Lamas: My wife and I went to the High Kings concert here and were very surprised by the building itself. It was really cool to get to watch the High Kings in person. It’s a cool venue, very clean and spacious. Lots of musical history in that building and displayed all over in the artwork. It is a nice blend of modern and vintage. I’m looking forward to coming back again.

Sassy Sauce: This is a great venue and we have gone here for years. There are great performers that come through every month and it never gets old. The venue is relatively small and intimate. I’ve sat al over the venue and there isn’t a bad seat in the place. People get there early to get up close but it’s not necessary. It’s structured where everyone can have a good view of the stage. The menu is smaller post Covid but it still has a few good selections. Stay away from the mozzarella sticks. The bread pudding is good though! They have a great root beer too.

Syerra Carigo: I visited last Friday with my husband for a Judith Hill concert and we had a blast. It was my first time at this venue and I really liked the ambiance. We weren’t really spaced out much, but it was nice being in a communal setting again. The food wasn’t 5 star, but it was good for the moment. I’d definitely recommend eating before you go or just snacking on appetizers. Other than that, our waitress was very lively and friendly. All in all a good experience; I’d definitely go back for another show.

Mike E: A great music venue, and I think that my favorite part is that there really isn’t a bad seat in the house. It was fun enjoying a cold beer while watching a talented band. I can see myself going back often.

Zade Jumaily: We visited yesterday for the Air Supply concert and we had such a great time. It was my first time at this venue and I really liked the atmosphere and the place set up. The food was great too and the server was very friendly. I would recommend being there very early to secure good seats. All in all a great experience; I’d definitely go back for another show.

Mike Tucker: You don't need me to tell you to go experience a premier concert venue that seamlessly combines food, fund, and free parking. Go, just to scan the walls covered with music royalty--past, present, and future. Go, and chill to the tunes while munching tasty snacks, entrees, and cold brews. Go, because it can improve your mood. My recent visit to hear legendary composer, arranger, producer, et al, David Foster--whose portfolio includes Whitney Houston and Chicago--is a case in point. It took me about 20-30 minutes to get my head into the innovative offerings because the tragedy of the Buffalo shootings continued to weigh heavy on my mind. But the talent and humor from the legend, his live guests, and video appearances from Kenny G, Celine Dion, and Josh Groban eventually soothed my troubled spirit and made for a wonderful evening. Ah, the power of music!

Cory Laws: I've been to the Birchmere many times over the years. This time was different. The food was better than before; considerably better. And 8 was taken by the acoustics and sound engineering. As an audiophile, I'm "trained" to listen critically, but I don't usually in concert situations. The best acoustic/sound engineering in recent memory was at The Barns of Wolftrap, known for it's acoustic design. I was stunned at the clarity, crispness, and effortless presentation during the show. From every instrument, including operatic and jazz vocalists, the sound was sublime. I need to get back, as when we left I forgot to pay homage and give props to the sound engineer. It was his show, and he hit it out of the park. Utter perfection.

Jack Hartzman: This is a great place to see a show. There really isn't a bad seat in the house. Come early for a better seat and enjoy he upscale bar food.

Madi L: Went there for the first time yesterday for the MJ Tribute band show. I didn't know such cozy concert venue existed before!! I was super impressed to see the venue checking everyone's COVID vaccine card upon entrance. This is the first time I was ever vaccine carded in Virginia and it made me feel at ease walking into a crowded place. So the seating is first come first serve and we sat at a table near the back. Still, the view was really good until people started standing up. I was kinda upset during the concert because this one family kept standing up and blocked everyone's view (as you can see in the picture. Michael Jackson was COMPLETELY blocked from the view during all the hit songs). Not only me but other families around were visibly upset. I wish the Birchmere staff instructed everyone to remain seated before the concert started. I felt like the staff could have told that family to sit down but I know everyone was busy catering to guests. I am not gonna deduct a star for that though since it's that annoying family who is at fault and not the staff. But please learn from my experience and go get a seat early when they open the door. Dinner portion was surprisingly big and we had spinach dip as an appetizer, fish&chips, vegetable stack couscous, and a sandwich. All of our entrees were tasty and plenty. Our waitstaff, Spencer, was attentive and refilled our drinks without disturbing us during the concert. I had a very good experience at the venue (minus that family) and I plan on returning in the future many more times.

Doris Corley: Great food and customer service. It has live music concerts. I had the honor to purchase tickets for the famouse "Ohio Players". They were excellent and so was the service from the business. Thank you!

15. John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

10069 reviews
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Atmosphere
5
Prices
4.5
Location
4.4
Parking
4.7
Wifi
4

Address: 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

Telephone: (202) 467-4600

Guy: Performing arts theater


Review: "Premier performance venue in the Washington, DC area."

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Amanda Turcotte: I love being a member of the Kennedy Center. I joined during the pandemic because I wanted to support the arts and because a friend told me how much they enjoyed being a member. Fast forward a couple years later and I am finally able to enjoy both indoor and outdoor events at the center. The mission of the Kennedy Center really speaks to me and the community events as well as amazing performances throughout the year definitely make the membership worth while. My husband and I attended our first opera this year. We have also attended a few National Symphony Orchestra performances and a members only rehearsal. It was really special to watch the orchestra rehearse and see how the players and conductor come together to perform beautiful compositions. The Hall of States and Hall of Countries are really something to behold as well. There is so much history to learn about. The Reach is another building on the campus that is also full of great historical moments and an active work area for artists. The grounds have an amazing view of the Potomac River as well. There is parking on site for $25 and members receive a $5 discount on parking if you book in advance. We have not tried the on site restaurant yet, but plan to soon. Definitely check out an event and grounds of the Kennedy Center, if you are in the area. You will want to come back for sure. Thanks! :-)

Joana Ward: Lunar New Year Lanterns. Beautiful Display and family friendly. During COVID everyone was wearing masks even outside. Recommending you go early to park and although the line was long it moved quickly for how long it was (40 minutes). There was a free station for activities the kids could do. Bring two adults for kids so someone can stay in line while the other one has the kids exploring.

Jessica Isbell: We had an absolutely amazing time! The entire experience was just wonderful. My 6 year old thoroughly enjoyed it as well. Venue was incredible, staff exceptional. Weather was a perk too, perfect day. The outside area for intermission with views of DC is fabulous. We will absolutely be back. Thank you for adhering to masking and vaccination policies as well while bringing the arts back into these hectic times.

preservefootprints: We visit there on last 2 days of the Reach Winter Lanterns Festival. It was a huge area filled with lanterns displays celebrating 2022 Lunar New Year, it was so beautiful and bright. They have benches with heater around the open space. The organizer has worked excellent to manage the guests flow!

David Morar: A true home for the performing arts, the Kennedy Center has numerous stages from the Opera House to a black box theater and everything in between. Created for DC residents and tourists alike, the Center brings or originates amazing shows, events and workshops. It’s both the institutional house for the National Symphony Orchestra and the place that has daily free shows (of all types) at 6pm. It’s truly got something for everyone, and with the recent addition of The Reach its uhm, reach has broadened even further! You can never go wrong with the KC. Highly recommend visiting on a random day even if you’re not going for a show: having just celebrated 50 years, the center is proud of its history and showcases it among other revolving pieces in its vast and airy halls. Check out the terraces (ground level and “terrace” level) and enjoy sweeping views of the city. A true gem in the nation’s capital!

Greg Zillgitt: Our visit to the Kennedy Center a few years ago is one of my fondest memories. Attended a performance of Mendelssohn' violin concerto in E minor, with Hillary Hahn as the soloist. A near-perfect experience, acoustically and visually. A striking venue. Walking distance from the Watergate (also highly recommended).

Mark Capriotti: Arrive early, grab a drink, and walk along the roof top. Perfect way to start the evening looking at many views of DC. Masks are required for the theater.

C F: Beautiful performing arts center with amazing friendly staff. Our family loves to attend shows as well as grab some snacks and walk the grounds. Some beautiful views of the river, some monuments and Georgetown. Also 2 gift shops, a cafe, and multiple snack stations. Underground parking also available or you can grab the shuttle which picks up and drops off at the GW metro station.

spellman1224: Went to see the play "Ain't too proud" it was awesome. We had the last row in Tier 2 and the seats were comfortable. The staff was great and courteous and eager to assist. Was able to take Metro and take the Kennedy Center Bus to get there. Even the bus driver was friendly 😊

Grey TheCat: This place is a lot of things, historic, classy, artsy, fun, accessible, it offers a ton of free activities and events and variety. This is a cultural epicenter and one of the East coast best venues. Spacious, easy parking and overall inexpensive events make it accessible to most people even those on a small budget.

16. National Theatre DC

1134 reviews
National Theatre DC
Atmosphere
4.7
Prices
4.7
Location
4.3
Parking
4.5
Wifi
4.8

Address: 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

Telephone: (202) 628-6161

Guy: Performing arts theater


Review: "One of several Washington DC area venues that provide quality entertainment"

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Sassy Sauce: This is nice theatre and it’s relatively small compared to others in the city. When you’re on the first level, it’s hardly a bad seat there. The view from the back is clear and the acoustics are good. One thing I noticed is, when buying a ticket through Ticketmaster and a seat may be listed as handicapped or wheelchair accessible, it really isn’t. The wheelchair seats listed for this theatre are really regular seats without the capability of being removed for a wheelchair. So keep that in mind for different abled persons. Also, the balcony seats for the first level up are really nice. Highly recommend the seats that are immediately to the left and right of the stage. Great view! The family went from for a kid’s show and had a great time.

Jane L: I have seen several shows here but most recently saw Come From Away. I bought tickets on Goldstar and was given seats in Rear Balcony, Row H, seats 2-6. The show was amazing and you just can't beat the price (other than winning the daily lottery). The slope in the balcony is steep so be prepared for that but the good thing is it's easy to see the entire stage. For this show it was perfect for seeing all characters at all times and they never left the stage to walk through the aisles so we didn't miss anything. We got there 45 min early, breezed through the vaccination verification at the entrance, took the elevator up, and relaxed in the lounge until it was closer to curtain time. There are only 4 stalls in the women's bathroom so a line forms 10-15 min before the start. After the show, the wait for the elevator takes a while and a large crowd forms to take it down. If you opt for the stairs, it seemed like there were 8 sets to take.

Tracy Lindsey: We went to see Come From Away at The National Theatre. All the instructions, directions and details were sent in emails to lay out what was to take place. I was a little apprehensive about all of their guidelines, but let me just say the whole process couldn't have gone smoother. The staff was efficient and courteous. The theatre is beautiful, seats were good, no problems seeing or hearing the performance. I can't say enough good things about Come From Away, what a magnificent show!! We so enjoyed it! Highly recommend it!

Amanda Randall: If there were a 4.5, I would give the theater 1/2 additional points, but the seating area needs upgrading for comfort and visibility. The play was fabulous. I’ve seen the show a couple of times, and this was by far one of the best cast. The National Theatre is lovely but could use some updating of the chairs and inside the theater. Tall people, be prepared for your knees to hit the seats. Other than that, it’s a great location, walking distance to dinner and parking all around.

Michelle Garcia: First week of opening since the pandemic, you can tell the staff needs to get back into the swing of things still. The theater isn't too glitzy, there is enough room between seats, like most theaters its very compact but this was fine. The sounds was good. I don't like that restrooms are only on the second level, what about those on the first! Parking was easy to come by for a decent price. The lobby's are small.

Rita Moore: First time at this theater to see the musical Hair Spray. Great performance! The staff was very organized and friendly. The concession stand is over priced. Only other complaint is that the bathroom could use some deodorizer and the seats are not comfortable.

Scott Ellis: If you can afford to buy orchestra main floor tickets, seat and row space is nice. Otherwise prepared to be crammed into barely comfortable seat areas.The stage area looks completely outdated despite a supposed theater renovation. Sad that this the venue has not evolved.

S King: Great Audio. Comfortable seats. No obstructed views. Convenient to public transportation and multiple parking garages. . . . The only drawback is when there are major events happening downtown that impact road closures. Parades, protests, lighting of the National Christmas tree, marathons, etc.

Aivy League: Such a beautiful theatre, and was such a great experience. My mum in law, sis in law & I watched "come from away" which was ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. A 5/5 for sure, they did such a good job with this show. It was funny, moving and so so entertaining. Can't wait to come back and see another show here. - IG: @SpicyAivy

RR: Saw the Illusionists last week and reminded me just how magnificent this building is. True without elevators and restrooms are on the second floor but there is no bad seat when watching . Nice bars and go to the second floor for no lines . You can bring drinks and food purchased inside . Lots of parking nearby and if you use spot hero I get very convenient parking at a discount . Several restaurants closed by if you arrive early and walk on E over to 12 or beyond.

17. DC Armory

1105 reviews
DC Armory
Atmosphere
4.9
Prices
4.6
Location
4.1
Parking
5
Wifi
4.7

Address: 2001 E Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Telephone: (202) 608-1100

Guy: Arena


Review: "The concert was the best"

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Renée: Was here for Rüfüs Du Sol concert on 6/8/22 and I really have no complaints except it got extremely hot inside! Thankfully I was barricade and they had a giant fan up front. The staff were very helpful and I'd probably go here again :)

Alyson Cunningham: Horrible venue for a concert. Such a shame, since the act was wonderful. Waited in line for a drink for 40+ mins, only to be turned away because they were out of alcohol. Meanwhile, I was waiting for a bottle of water. Security staff was extremely mean. No true air conditioning or ventilation, so we were all dripping and dehydrated, but not able to get water. We left before the main act ended because we just couldn’t take it anymore. Staff in the tech area had CASES of water, and when we asked for one because the line for the bar was from the back of the venue to the stage, he laughed and said no. Don’t waste your money.

Noel K: Literally THE WORST concert venue in DC, by far. The bar line was literally 45+ minutes. There's only *FIVE* bartenders for 3,000+ attendees. AND *if* you ever make it to the bar (which they close at 10pm, or 20 minutes before the show ends), there's no liquor; only beer+wine. Absolutely disgraceful. There's no air conditioning. The temperature inside was 85 degrees. Water is NOT easily accessible (no water fountains). So get ready to become super dehydrated! There's cops walking K9 police dogs INSIDE the venue through the crowd. They spend 10x more resources on busting kids for dab pens than they care about giving their paying customers basic amenities. Absolutely obnoxious. Overall this place is vastly unequipped and understaffed for the events that they hold. 5 bartenders for 3,000+ attendees is not enough. With a revenue of $90/ticket x 3,000 tickets = $270,000. You can afford to hire more than FIVE bartenders, and invest in air conditioning.

Vlad Ursus: Terrible venue. AC is barely keeping up when there is literally no one here. Only tow restrooms per men/women?l, no inclusive restrooms. One bar with a line goes across the entire venue to the stage. I was sober by the time I got another drink. And bartender shamed me into tipping them directly on cash app. That has to be at least some kind of IRS violation. Terrible experience. Never book anything here. Overpriced and disgusting.

David Park: Absolute worst venue for a concert. It was extremely hot and muggy with no ventilation. The bathrooms are not equipped to handle a thousand + people crowd and the concession stand sold out of alcohol halfway through the main act.

Michael Camacho: The venue didn’t allow us to bring in water while making water very difficult to get. We didn’t get any. Watched multiple people pass out due to heat and lack of water access. Venue should be avoided in general. Not a safe place to attend a show, especially given the amount of people attending.

Mitchel Vongbandith: Big venue but nothing particularly nice about it. Alc sales shut down about 40 min before the end, it gets super humid and bathroom lines are super long

Ellen Longton: Fun ! The staff were outstanding. We went to a concert there and it was just absolutely a joy after all the pandemic stuff that’s been going on. They didn’t allow the place to get packed. The show was great we had a great time!

Natasha Black: The venue is nice and we went for the 29rooms event. I was a little disappointed that be then you had two major functions going on at the same time. Whatever was on the other side completely interrupted the art show.

Unknown Noname: 12/18/21 went with a few friends to see Playboi Carti….worst concert experience ever. Security did not pass out water at all!!!!! and i almost passed out and had to be dragged out from the front of the crowd. The preparation for this concert was very poor. There was no type of crowd control. Thanks to the security guard that saved my life but seriously??? You would think after the Astroworld tragedy that more safety precautions would be put in place but like seriously I am terrified of going to a concert at this venue again.

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