D.C.’s music and fine arts scene has been thriving ever since the jazz era took off from U Street. This is a list of the most popular and unique venues in the District, but there are small, intimate, independent spots as well that are not to be overlooked. Here’s a good place to start for the biggest acts that travel through D.C. — Allie Moore
815 V Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
For all the indie, rock, rap and any other musical act you want to see without the large-arena atmosphere, 9:30 Club delivers. Located on 9th and U streets, its hip location and diverse menu of performers can whet any music lover’s palate. Speaking of food, 9:30 Club serves sandwiches, wraps, paninis and sweets, as well as a full bar to quench your thirst. For a list of upcoming shows, check out the Web site. New shows are posted every Thursday.
1811 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
This 14th Street warehouse look-alike near U Street offers more than meets the eye. Black Cat is not only a two-stage performance space for independent and alternative music, it also houses a no-cover Red Room Bar with pool tables, pinball and a jukebox, as well as the Food For Thought Café, which offers vegan and vegetarian specialties like hummus, falafel, veggies and brown rice, and vegetarian lasagna.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
555 11th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
Named “Best Theatre” and “Best Drinks at the Movies” by “Washingtonian Magazine,” E Street Cinema opened in 2004 and has grown as the theater for foreign-language films, documentaries and classics. It serves your typical movie theater fare, as well as alcohol for those who are of age. The downtown location offers numerous options for dining before or after your film.
DAR Constitution Hall
1776 D Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
Since it opened it 1928, DAR Constitution Hall has hosted many national and international entertainers, including Aerosmith, the New York Philharmonic, Kenny G and Ray Charles. D.C.’s largest concert hall also features speakers, comedians, graduations and opera performances. It has been host to the Country Music Association Awards, “Jeopardy!” and the National Sports Awards. The hall sits on 17th and D Streets NW, just two blocks from the White House.
1299 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004
Built in the 1920s as a movie palace, Warner Theatre now present concerts, dance performances and plays for live theater lovers. Frank Sinatra’s last D.C. performance was at the Warner with Shirley MacLaine. Anything from the Rolling Stones to “Guys and Dolls” can be seen at the Warner, centrally located and overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue.