Bohemian Caverns

Bar / Jazz Club / Live Music Venue / Lounge / Restaurant
Bohemian Caverns 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... Washington, DC United States 38.917245 -77.026729
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Bohemian Caverns - Bar | Jazz Club | Live Music Venue | Lounge | Restaurant in Washington, DC.
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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

  • Metro:

    Green, Yellow Lines: U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo

  • Phone:

    202-299-0800

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  • Hours:

    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

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Bohemian Caverns Review

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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...

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.

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Tip from Emma:

Unlike many jazz clubs that dictate a drink minimum, Bohemian Caverns takes a truly bohemian stance on the matter with a ‘no minimum’ policy downstairs.

  • Crowd

    Diverse groups of music lovers, young professionals, well-dressed couples, students, and older jazz fanatics, late 20s to late 50s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    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.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    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.

  • Prices

    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.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Smart casual: polo shirts, khakis, shorts, button-downs, dress shoes, and designer dresses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays and Saturdays for the biggest-name jazz acts.

  • Close By

    Twins Jazz (1344 U Street NW) is another well-known jazz spot on the U Street Corridor that hosts local and national jazz musicians.

Bohemian Caverns User Reviews

Average rating:
I love the decor...
marcus b. Sep 11, 2013
I love the décor and variety of artists that perform there. Drinks are reasonably priced for an establishment on the U St corridor. My main, only, gripe is that the food isn't good or prepared well at all. No excuse to have such poor food in place of this quality.
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