DC9

Bar / Live Music Venue / Restaurant
DC9 Situated in the up-and-coming U Street Corridor, DC9 is a multistory haven for local music enthusiasts, with live acts blasting out its second floor almost every night. Washington, DC United States 38.916686 -77.024273
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DC9 - Bar | Live Music Venue | Restaurant in Washington, DC.
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Party Earth Review Situated in the up-and-coming U Street Corridor, DC9 is a multistory haven for local music enthusiasts, with live acts blasting out its second floor almost every night. Early evenings see the softly-lit street level bar... ... read full review

  • Metro:

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

  • Phone:

    202-483-5000

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–Th, Su 5pm–2am, F–Sa 5pm–3am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth DC9 Review

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Situated in the up-and-coming U Street Corridor, DC9 is a multistory haven for local music enthusiasts, with live acts blasting out its second floor almost every night.

Situated in the up-and-coming U Street Corridor, DC9 is a multistory haven for local music enthusiasts, with live acts blasting out its second floor almost every night.

Early evenings see the softly-lit street level bar festooned with tattooed men in fedoras on a first-name basis with the bartender, while groups of hipster friends gather in the handful of wooden booths toward the back, devouring pulled pork sandwiches and gazing up between bites at a collage of old-timey photographs.

This cozy area tends to remain sparsely populated throughout the night, at least compared to the upstairs space, where packs of dance machines and music addicts crowd around the cramped stage in the corner to see musical performances by bands on the tipping point of underground stardom.

On nights with DJ acts, the stage is converted into a forum for uninhibited indie rockers to show off their moves, as those in need of a breather refuel at the second bar opposite the stage or slink into the handful of booths set against velvety-red walls. Further up, a simple rooftop deck provides a place for a more talkative and less musically-inclined bunch to chat and laugh at the nightly flow of drunkards stumbling down U Street.

For music buffs looking to catch eclectic and avant-garde bands before they erupt onto the scene, music-centric DC9 makes it E-Z.

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Tip from Jonah:

Check out Nerd Nite some Saturday to watch PhD candidates give informative and often hilarious talks on everything from indigenous Paraguayan myths to the history of microscopes.

  • Crowd

    Tattooed and pierced hipsters and music aficionados, early 20s to mid-30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live shows and DJs throughout the week. Liberation Dance Party on Fridays on second floor. Nerd Nite, featuring intellectual presentations on a range of topics, one Saturday per month. Jukebox.

    See website for schedule of performances.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Full bar menu with assorted sandwiches. Open bar F 9–10:30pm on second floor, with cover charge. Free drink specials during certain acts.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $5–$15/second floor only, Liberation Dance Party $7. Bar menu $4–$12. Beer $3.50–$9, wine $6, cocktails $5–$12.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes: band t-shirts, fedoras, funky plaid shirts, jeans.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any night there’s a band of interest playing, or Fridays for the Liberation Dance Party and an outgoing dance crowd.

  • Close By

    9:30 Club (815 V Street) offers bigger dance parties and bigger-name bands.

DC9 User Reviews

Average rating:
Three's The Charm
Nate S. Feb 19, 2013
Everything comes better in threes. Triple cheeseburgers, Destiny’s Child, and the (original) Star Wars Trilogy… the list goes on. That’s why you should check out DC9 at the corner of 9th and U St. Boasting three bars on three floors, DC9 is at the heart of U St’s recent renaissance. If you’re looking for a (relatively) more relaxing evening, grab a booth at the first floor bar. If you want to get your hipster dance moves on, head upstairs to the second floor where the bar hosts bands and DJ’s. Entrance to the dance area usually requires a cover charge ranging from $5 to $15, but it’s well worth it to check out upcoming bands and hip electronic acts. DC9’s highlight, however, is its third floor rooftop. Come up here to cool off after building up a sweat downstairs and to sample great views of the U St. Corridor. While it’s technically more expensive to dance at DC9 compared to other bars on U St. (Velvet Lounge and Dodge City, for example, don’t require cover charges), the bar’s happy hour is a steal, especially if you get a spot on the rooftop. I’ve never been let down by a night at DC9. Come here expecting cool vibes, funky beats, and hipsters galore, and you’ll agree.
Weedy Situation
Helena B. Oct 16, 2012
I'm only reviewing this place because I have AN AWESOME story to tell. I came here on a first date, which was going okay until the dude (he will be referred to as "the dude" from now on) decided to take a bathroom break. He wasn't in there for longer than five seconds...literally...when a very rude server passes by the door and decides to yell to a bouncer-looking dude and the bartender that someone was smoking weed in the bathroom. So they knock ferociously on the door, and "the dude" opens up, at which point he is accused of smoking weed in the bathroom of DC9. Rude server insists on smelling his fingers. ISN'T THAT THE WEIRDEST THING YOU'VE EVER HEARD? Bartender starts getting all up in his face, and telling him to get out of the bar immediately. This is the best part: as this is going down, someone else who works there comes up to me and asks me if I'm with the dude...to which I, with minimal shame, respond "why, yes." He proceeds to essentially proposition me/ask me out, by saying that he would share the weed if he ever took me out and decided to smoke in the bathroom. Charming. Panties melting. That said, the burgers were great.
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