106.7 The Fan All News 99.1 WNEW CBS Sports Radio 1580

Best Of

Best Live Music Venues In Washington, D.C.

January 26, 2011 3:48 AM

View Comments
The Red Room Bar is open nightly with no cover charge and has a fantastic jukebox. (Credit: blackcatdc.com)

The Red Room Bar is open nightly with no cover charge and has a fantastic jukebox. (Credit: blackcatdc.com)

One of the best things about the District is the opportunity to see lots of great live music. Most musicians manage to fit D.C. on to their schedules, and the local music scene is hopping. Spend an evening with a great band at one of the best live music venues in Washington, D.C. – Amy Gardner McNeal
redroombar Best Live Music Venues In Washington, D.C.

The Red Room Bar is open nightly with no cover charge and has a fantastic jukebox. (Credit: .blackcatdc.com)

The Black Cat

1811 14th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 667-7960
www.blackcatdc.com

Looking for an evening of live alternative music? Check out who’s playing at The Black Cat. You’ll find some of the best underground acts playing in the Mainstage concert room. In the Backstage room, find an up-and-coming band or DJ. In addition to live music, The Black Cat also has a dinner spot in its Food For Thought Cafe. The Red Room Bar is open nightly with no cover charge and has a fantastic jukebox. Hours: concert venue, varies by act. Cafe: Sunday through Thursday, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Red Room Bar: Sunday through Thursday, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.

The 9:30 Club

815 V Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 265-0930
www.930.com

This unassuming building is the place to go to see some of the best local, national and international acts in the music business. Four bars will keep you well served while watching your favorite artists tear up the stage. Get there early, and try to scoop up spots in the balcony for the best view. There’s no seating anywhere but in the tiny downstairs bar, and the facilities are basic at best, but that’s not why you’re here. You come to The 9:30 to see great bands in an intimate setting, and this place delivers. It is definitely one of the best venues for live music in Washington, D.C. Hours: varying by act, check the box office for details.

Blues Alley

1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 337-4141
www.bluesalley.com

Spend an evening enjoying music and dinner at the oldest continuing jazz supper club in the country. Since 1965, Blues Alley has been bringing the very best in live jazz to the District. Jazz greats like Dizzy Gillespie and Sarah Vaughn have graced the stage at this storied venue. They’re not kidding with the name, either — it really is in an alley, with a tiny sign as the only evidence that the place is even there. Line up early to get close to the action; seating at one of the tiny tables is first-come-first-served. Have dinner and drinks while listening to some of the best jazz in the area. Hours: daily, 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,549 other followers