Best Music Concerts Washington Near Me

The Anthem Union Stage Songbyrd Music House State Theatre 9:30 Club Echostage Washington Bach Consort United States Marine Band Black Cat Karma DC Live Music Venue The United States Air Force Band The Theater The Birchmere National Theatre DC DC Armory


1. The Anthem - Washington

· 5067 reviews

901 Wharf St SW, Washington, DC 20024

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The Anthem: what do users think?

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!

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.

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 - Washington



· 497 reviews

740 Water St SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Union Stage: what do users think?

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.

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.

Ann Brennan: Great venue for music. Very intimate without being too crowded. Clean. Easy to park. Good beer selection and attentive staff.

3. Songbyrd Music House - Washington

· 826 reviews

540 Penn St NE, Washington, DC 20002

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Songbyrd Music House: what do users think?

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.

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!

4. State Theatre - Falls Church

· 622 reviews

220 N Washington St, Falls Church, VA 22046

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State Theatre: what do users think?

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.

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?

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 - Washington

· 3418 reviews

815 V St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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9:30 Club: what do users think?

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.

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.

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 - Washington

· 2126 reviews

2135 Queens Chapel Rd NE, Washington, DC 20018

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Echostage: what do users think?

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.

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.

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!

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.

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 - Washington

· 4 reviews

1310 G St NW #740, Washington, DC 20005

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Washington Bach Consort: what do users think?

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

8. United States Marine Band - Washington

· 34 reviews

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

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United States Marine Band: what do users think?

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

9. Black Cat - Washington

· 503 reviews

1811 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

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Black Cat: what do users think?

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!

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!

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 :(

10. Karma DC Live Music Venue - Washington

· 192 reviews

2221 Adams Pl NE, Washington, DC 20018

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Karma DC Live Music Venue: what do users think?

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.

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

Brittany M: Bar tenders were nice, lots of space, big dance floor, coat check, decent bathrooms. I had a nice time

Phillip Cundiff: The music and atmosphere were absolutely amazing. Definitely would go again.

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.

Kevina Smith: The parties are always nice. The drink prices went up tho🤓

derrick Bowens: Great experience. Alot of love from the DC crowd. Beautiful!!!

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.

11. The United States Air Force Band - Washington

· 25 reviews

201 McChord St, Washington, DC 20032

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The United States Air Force Band: what do users think?

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.

ian doaank: Nice

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 - Fort Washington

· 1329 reviews

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

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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.

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 - Washington

· 5 reviews

1400 K St NW #500, Washington, DC 20005

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Washington Performing Arts: what do users think?

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.

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 - Cora Kelly

· 2156 reviews

3701 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22305

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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.

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 - Washington

· 10069 reviews

2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: what do users think?

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!

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.

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 - Washington

· 1134 reviews

1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

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National Theatre DC: what do users think?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 - Washington

· 1105 reviews

2001 E Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003

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DC Armory: what do users think?

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!

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