Party Earth Review Often touted as the best place to catch a concert in the city, 9:30 Club consistently packs its 1,200-capacity hall by hosting shows ranging from big-name acts and DJs to up-and-comers, noise bands, and everything in between... ... read full review
815 V Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Green, Yellow Lines: U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo
Daily, though hours vary by show
U Street Corridor, Washington, DC –
Often touted as the best place to catch a concert in the city, 9:30 Club consistently packs its 1,200-capacity hall by hosting shows ranging from big-name acts and DJs to up-and-comers, noise bands, and everything in between.
Long before the door opens, eager audiophiles line up outside the brick façade and unmarked door, with each night’s crowd of concertgoers reflecting the venue’s ever-changing performance calendar.
Seating options are limited at the club, so early birds score a quick cocktail at one of the two bars before securing a spot on the open floor in front of the stage, or dart upstairs for dibs on the handful of risers that line the horseshoe balcony.
A third bar on the second level keeps the crowd’s thirst in check and regulars know that the few precious barstools provide great views as well as quick access to another round.
Parents, meanwhile, make sure their wards are safely settled during all-ages shows before escaping to the BackBar downstairs, a fourth watering hole where ample seating and soundproof walls keep Dad from griping about the quality of music these days.
Whether for high-energy dance shows, death metal mosh pits, or mellow country bands, live music lovers in DC know that 9:30 is always a good time.
Varies depending on the show, but can range from ravers with glow sticks to hardcore punks, alterna-types, and mellow acoustic fans. All ages, though mostly 18 to late 30s.
Live music every night. See website for schedule and show times.
Vegetarian-friendly menu of bar food and sandwiches, including meat-free meatball subs, wraps, and chicken breast melts. Happy Hour daily at BackBar one hour before the club opens.
Cover charge varies, usually $15–$40. Appetizers and small bites $5–$13, sandwiches $5–$8, entrées $14–$22. Beer $6–$8, wine $7/glass, cocktails $7+.
Comfortable: jeans, sneakers, graphic t-shirts, casual dresses. Some shows do not allow spiked jewelry, chains, and so on.
Musical tastes will always dictate the hottest nights to attend.
American Ice Company (917 V Street) serves up barbeque and beer long after the show has ended.