Party Earth Review It’s easy to see where this intimate music venue gets its name – the performance area quite literally looks like a cave – and while the three-story complex is also home to a separate restaurant and dance club, it’s the... ... read full review
2003 11th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Green, Yellow Lines: U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo
Bohemian Caverns: 8pm–1am scheduled shows only
Tap & Parlour: M 5pm–midnight (NFL season only), Tu–F 5–11pm, Sa 11am–3:30pm, 5pm–midnight, Su 11am–3:30pm
Hours vary during NFL season
U Street Corridor, Washington, DC –
It’s easy to see where this intimate music venue gets its name – the performance area quite literally looks like a cave – and while the three-story complex is also home to a separate restaurant and dance club, it’s the basement jazz that has made Bohemian Caverns an historical institution.
Music lovers tunnel down into a subterranean space completely covered in faux rock, with a small center stage that has been graced by Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Miles Davis, and many other jazz giants.
As musicians pipe their notes through the cave, a devoted crowd of young professionals, students, and jive junkies sip wine and cocktails at candlelit tables around the stage, or dine on soul food from the Tap & Parlour upstairs.
The Tap itself features a long marble bar and a massive chalkboard touting the upcoming schedule in the Caverns below, while plush couches near the floor-to-ceiling windows provide a place for dapper couples looking to people-watch, catch the game, or enjoy a quiet dinner by the corner fireplace.
A legendary jazz haunt with a full restaurant right upstairs, Bohemian Caverns is a great choice for patrons looking for left hand rootless voicing and half-diminished chords…or just a crab cake sandwich.
Diverse groups of music lovers, young professionals, well-dressed couples, students, and older jazz fanatics, late 20s to late 50s+.
Live jazz, blues, and internationally-influenced music in the basement. Flat-screens tuned to sports or news in Tap & Parlour.
Bohemian’s building is also home to Liv Nightclub, which hosts special events most weekends for throngs of club kids eager to cram the dance floor and shake it to DJ mixes. Check venue website for schedule of events.
Southern and soul food including turkey burgers, lobster macaroni and cheese, jerk chicken pasta, and fish and chips. Brunch served Sundays until 3pm. Happy Hour Tuesday–Friday 5–8pm.
Cover charge $7–$25/Bohemian Caverns, $0–$20/Liv Nightclub. Brunch menu $8–$18, appetizers $7–$9, soups and salads $6–$13, sandwiches $8–$14, entrées $13–$18.
Beer $6–$9, wine $6–$9, cocktails $7–$12.
Smart casual: polo shirts, khakis, shorts, button-downs, dress shoes, and designer dresses.
Fridays and Saturdays for the biggest-name jazz acts.
Twins Jazz (1344 U Street NW) is another well-known jazz spot on the U Street Corridor that hosts local and national jazz musicians.