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Best Clubs with Live Music in Washington DC

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Black Cat

If you're a music enthusiast constantly on the lookout for exhilarating live acts, Black Cat is the place to come to see the latest local bands. This club features rock, pop and rhythm-and-blues artists and has been known to book some big names, such as Morphine and The Foo Fighters, frequently. Live acts perform in the main space while an eclectic mix of young partygoers samples tasteful concoctions in the Red Room. Light fare is available, and the bar has microbrews on tap.

Washington, DC, United States
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Tropicalia

Although its physical location makes Tropicalia easy to walk past, its reputation ensures that people search for the staircase beside the subway that leads to this entertaining space. There is none of the dinginess you would normally associate with a basement space; on the contrary, you will find psychedelic lights in pretty much any color you can think of. Situated in the U Street Corridor, this dance hall attempts to bring some Brazilian flavor to the U Street Corridor of Washington, DC. The DJ ensures that you groove to the Brazilian beats on the dance floor, but there's more to come; you can also catch live Brazilian bands on Sunday nights.

Washington, DC, United States
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DC9 Nightclub

DC9 Nightclub is one of the best concert and partying venues in Washington DC. Known for its eclectic shows and live music events, it attracts hipsters and music lovers from all over the city. You can enjoy a quiet evening with friends on the patio or savor a drink at one of its three bars. But for real entertainment, head upstairs for a show and soak in the energy of the vibrant crowds. This place is known for frequently hosting performances by award-winning bands, dancers and DJs. Moreover, it serves a great food menu featuring some delicious items. Though there is no strict dress policy followed here, the only condition to enter this club is to be above the age of 21 years. Also, reservation is not mandatory but is highly recommended before visiting this popular night spot.

Washington, DC, United States
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9:30 Club

Originally established at a different location in 1980, 9:30 Club is widely considered to be among the best live music clubs in the country, hosting notable acts like Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Bangles, Foo Fighters, R.E.M. and many more through the years. This club somewhat resembles Dr. Frankenfurter's laboratory in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The large, open space features a bar and a chest-high stage with an impressive sound and lighting system. Multiple bars are located throughout the venue, serving premium draft and bottled beer. Light snacks are also available for when those late night hunger pangs start kicking in.

Washington, DC, United States
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Madam's Organ

A popular night spot in the DC neighborhood, the vibe at this jazz and blues club reflects the eclecticism that Adams-Morgan has been known for. It is a great addition to downtown’s social scene. The patrons here would agree that the lively atmosphere at this place is the key to its fame. Savor a drink and a classic grub, play a few games of billiards, and enjoy nightly live performances all under one roof at Madam's Organ. If you wish to spend a night that you will remember for a long time, then this place won't disappoint you for sure.

Washington, DC, United States
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Habana Village

Drink, eat, mingle and dance at this Latin club. A bar and restaurant area occupies the first floor of Habana Village, while the second floor offers a quaint dance floor which always packed with people dancing to the latest salsa tunes. The comfortable lounge seating provide a place to kick back and relax your feet between songs. Dance lessons are held every Wednesday through Saturday where patrons can learn to salsa, tango or meringue.

Washington, DC, United States
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Bossa Bistro & Lounge

Bossa provides an atmosphere of unique live music from across the globe. Art lines the walls, and poetry fills the venue every second Monday. Live music can be heard every night, and weekends in the upstairs lounge bring out eclectic crowds who move to world grooves. The menu takes inspiration from Italy and Brazil, and is known for its heady flavors.

Washington, DC, United States
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Blues Alley

Thrumming with the dreamy sounds of jazzy tunes, Blues Alley is one of the best-known venues in Washington for jazz and blues performances. The club is tucked away in lower Georgetown, near the C&O Canal. A number of national acts have serenaded patrons at this beloved establishment, and the atmosphere is sleek and sophisticated. The place bills itself as a "Jazz Supper Club," and the food is almost as good as the music, much of it being inspired by Creole cuisine. Munch on savory bites such as Salmon Cakes and Stuffed Mushroom Caps as you sway to the music that envelops the lively space.

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