1. 9:30 Club815 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.
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 Hamilton600 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.
5. Blues Alley1073 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 Cat1811 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.
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.
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.