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Top 10 Live Music Clubs in Washington, DC


Washington, DC has a variety of live music clubs featuring a wide range of music including rock, punk, hip-hop, jazz, country, gospel, and alternative. Here's my list of top picks.

1. 9:30 Club

815 V St, NW. Washington, DC. (202) 393-0930. The 9:30 Club features local, national and international live musical performances. Tickets are required and can be purchased in advance. This club is a local favorite with four bars and the largest dance floor in DC.

2. U Street Music Hall

1115A U Street. NW Washington, DC (202) 588-1880. Opened in 2010. The live music and dance club is the newest addition to the U Street entertainment district. The nightclub features a state-of-the-art sound systems, a 1200 square foot dance floor, and two fully stocked bars.

3. The Hamilton

600 14th Street, NW Washington, DC. (202) 787-1000. Opened in December 2011. Located just a few blocks from the White House, the live music venue operated by Clyde’s Restaurant Group features performances by local, national and international musicians. The restaurant is open 24 hours.

4. Bohemian Caverns

2001 Eleventh St., NW Washington, DC (202) 299-0801. This is the largest jazz club in Washington, DC. The list of jazz legends who have played here include Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cab Calloway, Count Basie, and Thelonious Monk. Tickets available in advance.

5. Blues Alley

1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC (202) 337-4141. Located in the heart of Georgetown, this jazz supper club is the oldest continuing club in the country. Internationally renowned artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Grover Washington Jr., and Ramsey Lewis, have played here.

6. Black Cat

1811 14th St. NW, Washington, DC (202) 667-7960. Black Cat is a live music venue featuring local, national, and international independent and alternative music. Tickets are available in advance. There are two performance spaces, the Mainstage and the Backstage, in addition to the no-cover Red Room Bar. Performances are open to all ages.

7. Howard Theatre

620 T Street NW Washington, DC (800) 653-8000. The historic theater re-opened in April 2012 after a $29 million renovation and features a wide-range of live musical performances. A full dining menu features American cuisine with classic soul influences.

8. Gypsy Sally's

3401 K Street, NW Washington DC. (202) 333-7700. Located under the Whitehurst Freeway in Georgetown, the music venue features local, regional and national performers. The dining area offers comfortable seating for 156. There is also bar seating and standing room for 144 patrons. The menu includes casual bar food, sandwiches and pizza.

9. Echostage

2135 Queens Chapel Rd. NE, Washington, DC.  (202) 503-2330. Echostage is the region's newest and largest standing room concert venue, a 30,000 plus sq. ft. space, equipped with top tier sound design and advanced LED visual displays. The massive nightlife destination has  attracted the biggest names in the music industry, from Jay Z to Calvin Harris and Avicii to Tiesto.

10. Hill Country Live

410 7th St. NW Washington, DC (202) 556-2050. The barbecue restaurant showcases American Roots Music found in Texas such as Honky-Tonk, Western Swing, Rockabilly, Roots Rock, Alternative Country, Blues and Americana. Many of Hill Country Live's performances are free to the public.

See also, Best 10 Live Music Clubs in Northern Virginia and Top 9 Live Music Venues in Maryland

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