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Clubs and DJ Events in the Washington, D.C. Area and Beyond
Washington Post Going
Out Guide (entertainment guide, formerly named "City Guide")
9:30 Club - D.C.'s preeminent club (see schedule). With a capacity of 1,200, the venue has hosted downtempo artists like Massive Attack, Zero 7, and Thievery Corporation, as well as numerous artists from other genres.
Black Cat - This site for the club on 14th Street NW in D.C. includes a schedule of shows.
U Street Music Hall - Website of the venue that hosts a range of DJ nights and occasional live bands (see schedule).
Tropicalia - Venue oriented toward Brazilian-influenced music, from the Eighteenth Street Lounge family.
Rock and Roll Hotel - Part of D.C.'s H Street NE scene, this venue (see schedule) has hosted artists such as Vashti Bunyan, Asobi Seksu, Thunderball, and Fort Knox Five, as well as a number of local DJs.
DC9 - U Street-area club. Hosts band performances and DJ
nights (see the schedule)..
Howard Theatre - Newly restored legendary theater, primarily oriented toward R&B and Latin music (see the schedule).
Fillmore Silver Spring - Suburban venue, capacity 2,000. (See the schedule.)
/ Bohemian Caverns - Technically, Bohemian Caverns is the jazz-oriented
basement, Tap and Parlour (formerly Hominy, formerly Mahogany) is the
restaurant at street level, and Liv is the upstairs soul/R&B-oriented
club. The website includes a schedule.
Sixth and I Historic Synagogue - Downtown space that has hosted such artists as Imogen Heap.
Birchmere - Seated venue (see schedule) in Alexandria, Virginia. Caters to an older, nostalgia-oriented crowd.
State Theater - Seated venue (see schedule) in Falls Church, Virginia. Caters to an older, nostalgia-oriented crowd.
Glass Lounge - Neighborhood bar/lounge (see schedule)
in Park View, just south of Petworth.
(Gate 54) - Located in the basement of Cafe Saint-Ex on 14th Street,
Gate 54 (see calendar)
hosts an assortment of local DJs and occasional touring DJs.
- Website of the Columbia Heights club whose upstairs is home to several
DJ nights (see the calendar
Club - Website of the Dupont/Midtown-area lounge. See the
Iota - Venue in Arlington, Virginia near the Clarendon Metro station. Oriented toward acoustic shows and smaller rock/pop shows.
Jammin' Java - Venue in Vienna, Virginia.
Marx Cafe - Washingtonpost.com profile of the Mount Pleasant bar/cafe that hosts the monthly "Taking the Piss" Britpop event and occasional "Soundclash" events, in which DJs of Jamaican music face off against one another.
Gazuza - Washingtonpost.com profile of the Dupont Circle lounge.
Bossa - Washingtonpost.com profile of the Adams Morgan bar.
16 - Official website of the U Street restaurant/club that is part
of the Eighteenth Street Lounge family.
Gua-Rapo - Washingtonpost.com profile of the club located in the Clarendon area of Arlington, Virginia.
Red Maple - Baltimore lounge with some downtempo nights (see the listing of weekly parties).
Modern - Washingtonpost.com profile of the Georgetown bar.
Pharmacy Bar - Washingtonpost.com profile. This low-key Adams Morgan bar has a pharmacy theme, paying homage to the pharmacist grandfather of its Latvian owner. Though the DJ events here are relatively few and far between, the bar boasts a jukebox of cutting-edge music.
Velvet Lounge - Washingtonpost.com profile of the U Street bar/lounge.
- Not a club, but a (relatively) comprehensive national listing of who's
performing where and when.
Selected London Clubs and Bars
Cargo - Hosts numerous DJs and live bands. Past performers have included Quantic and Mint Royale.
Jazz Cafe - Venue run by the Mean Fiddler group. Has hosted Alice Russell, the Nicola Conte Septet, Candi Staton, and more.
Big Chill Bar - A spinoff of the annual Big Chill festival, located in the Brick Lane area (Liverpool Street tube). See the listings.
Big Chill House - The newest Big Chill spinoff, located in Kings Cross. See the listings.
333 - Overly conceptual website for the Old Street-area venue.
Koko - Formerly Camden Palace.
Brixton Academy - Storied venue.
This page created October 1999 - Last modified January 12, 2013
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