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Best Clubs with Live Music in Washington DC

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Eighteenth Street Lounge

Eighteenth Street Lounge does not advertise and there is not much of a sign over the sliver of a door. But despite the lack of marketing, the place is full of beautiful people dancing, singing and drinking. There are two floors of live or DJ-spun tunes. Newcomers should be sure to wear their best threads or risk rejection at the door. The interiors are upscale and antique-looking, with Middle Eastern influences adding an alluring charm to the decor. Sit back and enjoy a well concocted cocktail or simply head on to the dance-floor and groove to the eclectic music.

Washington, DC, United States
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Black Cat

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 bigger names, such as Morphine and The Foo Fighters. Live acts perform in the main space while an eclectic mix of pierced party kids hangs out 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, DC, United States
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U Street Music Hall

This club and music venue opened its doors in March of 2010 and has since become the go-to place in DC to see fresh new acts and well-known artists. Being a DJ-owned establishment, U Street Music Hall features some of the best, from the sound system to cork-cushioned dance floors. The two separate and fully stocked bars means getting your cocktails is a breeze, with none of the usual attention-grabbing antics for the bartender's attention. Check their schedule as there is often a band worth catching at U Street.

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 for its late-night parties. You can choose to enjoy a quiet evening with friends on the patio or in one of its three bars. For real excitement, however, head upstairs for a show and soak in the energy of the vibrant crowds. Award-winning bands, dancers and DJs come here to entertain guests with their mind-blowing performances. People look forward to their dance parties so that they can come here in large groups and party the night away. For a nightclub, this place has a great food menu featuring items like Fried Shrimp Po’boy and The Slawter Burger. You can also create your own burger by choosing from various ingredients. There is no strict dress policy here but guests need to be above 21 years. Book show tickets well in advance for assured entry but table reservations are not necessary.

Washington, DC, United States
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9:30 Club

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 a rather impressive sound and lighting system. Four 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. You can relish a wide range of items like sandwiches, wraps, paninis and sweets among many others during your visit to 9:30 Club.

Washington, DC, United States
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Madam's Organ

An anagram of the DC neighborhood that Madam's Organ calls its home, the vibe at this jazz and blues club reflects the eclecticism that Adams-Morgan has a reputation for. It is a great addition to downtown’s social scene; its patrons would agree that its distinct joie de vivre is key to its fame. Savor a drink and classic grub, shoot some pool, and enjoy nightly live entertainment. If you wish to spend a night that you will remember for days to come, Madam's Organ is surely the place you should explore.

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 Italy and Brazil, and is known for its heady flavors.

Washington, DC, United States
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Blues Alley

This is perhaps the best-known venue 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 can be seen here, 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 is Creole-inspired. On most nights, artists perform two sets, but occasionally a third set is added on the weekend. The cover charge changes each night.

Washington, DC, United States
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Rock N Roll Hotel

Looking for some great cocktails and music? Head to the Rock n Roll Hotel - it isn't a place to stay, but a happening nightclub, popular with locals. Sip on your drink of choice at the spacious bar on the second floor, rent one of the rooms for a private celebration, or take in the live performances by renowned artists and DJs. Their rooftop bar is perfect for taking in the views and discovering new specialty cocktails.

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