In today’s digital age, the thought of a jukebox might conjure up images of greasy diners, or a dusty basement. Yet, plenty of bars in D.C. feature jukeboxes, both old-fashioned and modern-day versions. Whether you enjoy the sounds of jukebox oldies but goodies or modern day tunes, there is a jukebox out there for you.
Hours: Mon – Thurs 4:30 p.m – 2 a.m.; Fri – Sat 5:30 p.m. – 3 a.m.; Sun 12 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Known as the first Tex-Mex saloon in D.C., the Stetson Famous Bar and Grill features food specials, a jukebox, pool tables and darts. Watch the game on one of 4 HDTVs and enjoy happy hour specials all day. Political aficionados can catch debates on the big screen courtesy of an HD projector with surround sound. Even your pooch can get in on the fun with the doggie patio open all day Wednesdays, weather permitting.
Hours: Daily 4 p.m. – Close
Descend beneath the hustle and bustle that surrounds downtown D.C. and and enter the Rocket Bar. This comfortable yet quirky pool hall features vintage 1970s style furniture, tabletop shuffleboard, and classic board and video games. Enjoy drink specials, play a game of darts or just relax on one of many couches and banquettes. Although Rocket Bar does not offer food, it does allow patrons to bring in carryout from neighboring restaurants. Rocket Bar also features two traditional-style jukebox with CDs from various artists including Bruce Springsteen, the Clash and Elvis Costello. While jamming out to your favorite playlist, word is there are plenty partners of the opposite sex to discuss what song comes next.
The Pharmacy Bar is the perfect antidote to the overcrowded D.C. bar scene. Like its name implies, the tabletops inside the Pharmacy Bar feature hundreds of different types of pills encased in plastic. Display cases and shelves around the bar showcase mysterious vials and bottles full of unknown liquids and potions. The Pharmacy Bar features a jukebox with indie and classic rock music. The bar also offers drink specials and delicious menu items you might find at a high-end restaurant, such as buffalo tofu bites and smoked salmon.
Hours: Mon – Fri 5 p.m – Close; Sat – Sun 12 p.m. – Close
Experience the taste of European beers and lagers without leaving D.C. The Toledo Lounge aspires to combine the history, culture and cuisine of Old World Toledo, Spain with the culture and traditions of Toledo, Ohio. The lounge features dive bar-decor, traditional American bar foods and a wide selection of imported beer. Enjoy happy hour and food specials, awesome jukebox tunes, an outdoor patio.
Hours: Mon – Thurs 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Fri 4 p.m. – 3 a.m.; Sat 11 a.m – 3 a.m.; Sun 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Whether you’re looking for a new dining experience or somewhere to dance to jukebox tunes, check out the Wonderland Ballroom. This bar’s motto is summed up in just three simple words: Dining. Dancing. Delirium. Enjoy the Bohemian Beer Garden, or simply enjoy a delicious meal. The beer menu features locally brewed beers, as well as international aperitifs. Monday nights are devoted to trivia games while other nights are devoted to live performances.This ballroom is sure to provide a jiving good time.
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