Madam's Organ Blues Bar

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Madam's Organ Blues Bar Live music nightly, a full menu of soul food, beers in mason jars, and a crowd as diverse as the United Nations are just a few of the reasons all three floors of Madam's Organ Blues Bar fill up throughout the week. Washington, DC United States 38.922074 -77.04227
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Madam's Organ Blues Bar - Bar | Live Music Venue | Restaurant in Washington, DC.
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Party Earth Review Live music nightly, a full menu of soul food, beers in mason jars, and a crowd as diverse as the United Nations are just a few of the reasons all three floors of Madam’s Organ Blues Bar fill up throughout the week. Everyone... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    Red Line: Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan; Green, Yellow Lines: U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo

  • Phone:

    202-667-5370

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  • Hours:

    M–Th, Su 5pm–2am, F–Sa 5pm–3am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Madam's Organ Blues Bar Review

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Live music nightly, a full menu of soul food, beers in mason jars, and a crowd as diverse as the United Nations are just a few of the reasons all three floors of Madam's Organ Blues Bar fill up throughout the week.

Live music nightly, a full menu of soul food, beers in mason jars, and a crowd as diverse as the United Nations are just a few of the reasons all three floors of Madam’s Organ Blues Bar fill up throughout the week.

Everyone from frat boys to skinny-jeaned jazz lovers crowds this unapologetically rowdy institution, easily recognized by a giant outdoor mural of its buxom redheaded mascot.

The ground floor, whose walls are covered in kitschy finds ranging from street signs to old instruments, features a low stage, open dance area, two bars, and an elevated dining room.

Bands kick off with a mix of blues, funk, and rock that quickly stirs the uninhibited masses into an epic, booty-shaking frenzy, while bartenders sling Rolling Rocks to visiting politicians, artists, and familiar regulars alike.

The second level boasts a free pool table, several TVs, and a small balcony where sweaty revelers can temporarily escape the hustle and bustle downstairs, or continue up through nostalgic saloon doors to the less crowded third floor bar. Also up there is the rooftop deck, which features not only another watering hole, but also hordes of college kids baying and burping into the night air.

For a raucous night of food, music, and dancing, Madam’s Organ rarely disappoints…and those it does rarely remember it anyway.

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Tip from Lucas:

Are you a redhead? For once in your life, that will actually get you somewhere – because at Madam’s Organ, redheads always get half-priced Rolling Rock.

  • Crowd

    Music lovers, dancers, college kids, interns, artists, young professionals, heavy drinkers, and heavy thinkers, early 20s to early 30s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live music nightly. DJ on Fridays and Saturdays on the second floor from 10pm. Free pool table. Seven TVs. Karaoke.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Full menu of southern and soul food, including barbecue, wings, ribs, seafood, and chili. Happy Hour M–Sa 5–8pm.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $3–$7, usually free before 9pm. Appetizers $5–$11, entrées $6–$14. Beer $4–$6, wine $6.25, cocktails $5–$10.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes: jeans, t-shirts, flip-flops, high-end designer slacks, button-downs, polos, khakis, shorts.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any night for a good crowd, or Fridays and Saturdays for the most revered musical acts, DJs, and busiest scene, especially after 10pm.

  • Close By

    Dans Café (2315 18th Street NW) is a nearby dive that serves some of the cheapest liquor in town – in squeeze bottles, no less – and offers a similar rowdy vibe.

Madam's Organ Blues Bar User Reviews

Average rating:
Has something for everyone!
Tiara J. Jun 9, 2013
I showed up one Saturday night to meet some friends, and was thoroughly impressed. In the heart of Adam Morgan, this bar is perfectly located. The bar hosts multiple floors with different music styles throughout. The bottom floor has melodic blues playing and space to sit down and enjoy a cold drink, served in cute mason jars. Or if it's dancing you want you can go to the top floor and work it out! There's even a balcony to outside if you need to step out for some fresh are or enjoy a smoke, or just to people watch. I love the atmosphere even, if it does get packed and attracts ALL sorts of people ;-)
The One Bar in Adams Morgan that Everyone Must Visit
Rosie B. Jun 9, 2013
My boyfriend and I sauntered into this blues bar on St. Patty's Day, and what a night! The name of the place is a fun play-on-words, as Madam's Organ is located in the popular bar strip in D.C. known as 'Adams Morgan.' I'm a personal fan of wordplay, so the place earns a couple stars just for the wit. The environment is hearty, sultry, relaxed, yet lively all in one breath of the bar. Even on a busy night like St. Patty's, the service was excellent, the atmosphere was not claustrophobic in the slightest, and Madam's Organ maintained a classy ambiance, despite the excessive drinking going on.
Funk at its finest
Meg M. Mar 25, 2013
When it comes to blues bars in Washington, D.C. there is no contest- Madam’s Organ is the place you want to be. Three floors of funky décor, a fourth floor roof deck, multiple bars, and great bands every night; you may find it hard to pull yourself away on a casual Saturday night barhop through Adam’s Morgan. Unlike many of the typical trendy bars that line this part of 18th street, the dark allure of Madam’s Organ draws you in and instantly makes you feel as if you’ve traveled to down South for some feel good blues. The crowd age ranges, but the music and good vibes are young and alive. Once the band gets going, the floor gets packed with groovin’ bodies. If dancing isn’t your thing, the second floor is Big Daddy’s Love Lounge and Pick-Up Joint, complete with free pool tables and lounge chairs. Go up two more floors for a drink under the stars. Madam’s Organ is legendary to the district. Trust me- this is not a place you want to miss.
Guarantees a good story
Juanita G. Mar 5, 2013
When I first walked in to Madam's Organ last year, my first thought was "THIS is the place that people always refer to as the benchmark for an Adam's Morgan bar?" Dark, with the walls covered in nudes and taxidermy, it certainly doesn't scream "NEIGHBORHOOD HOTSPOT." However, two well-priced and decently strong whiskey gingers in, before 8pm with my roommate, I was pretty pleased with the place. Talkative bartenders and a diverse (in every sense of the word) clientele guarantee no shortage of interesting conversations. If you come here without meeting someone new you're doing something wrong. Upstairs late night the dance floor turns rowdy and pretty messy. If you're ready to drink heavily and let loose, Madam's Organ is the place. And, as a redhead, it doesn't hurt that we're offered discounted beers. Madam's Organ is the kind of bar where you're guaranteed to leave with a good story to tell the next day.
Where the pretty people go to get ugly
Steven W. Jan 17, 2013
What you need to know: this is the best bar you will find in DC. The flagship for Washington's liveliest bar strip, home to the most consistent and consistently diverse, unpredictable scene in the city, it is up there with the best bars you will find anywhere. With 3 floors, 5 bars, 2 outdoor patios, an open-air porch upstairs, 2 dance floors, a pool table and a lavish decor that includes bicycles hanging from the ceiling, stuffed animal heads and strange, nude portraits on the wall, Christmas lights, tiki-torches and everything in between, Madam's Organ is like a baroque cathedral to all things alcohol, a Drinking Heaven as designed by a busty redhead from Hell with an affinity for bikers and New Orleans music. On any given night of the week--all of which feature live music downstairs--you are likely to find four generations of debauchery, a beautiful, ugly picture of what happens when dim lighting meets rail bourbon meets lots of loud blues music. There is simply no better place to see the full cross-section of Washington in spectacular double vision. Go sober, expecting to leave drunk, go drunk, expecting to leave naked--if you do not have fun here on a weekend, it is entirely your fault.
Memories, Memories and Memories!!
Deepak H. Sep 12, 2012
So you think you want put on the attitude of a frat boy and go get bar hop till you crawl back to your place. Well, put on your drinking hats and do a pub crawl in Adam's Morgan and start your crawl right at Madam's Organ. I have lots of memories about this place. One of them is very memorable and the other..well...pretty embarrassing! So for my 23th Birthday my friends took me out to Adam's Morgan to do a "pub crawl". I only put it in quotes because we couldn't last the whole street since we started heavy on the top! Our first stop was Madam's Organ. They had a nice band playing. The crowd, as you expect in any pub crawl friendly neighborhood, is full of college students (Damn! I feel Old!!). Drinks are moderately priced and pretty strong. At least it felt like there was alcohol in it. The place is quite dark and when it gets crowded on weekends, you are pretty much banging into somebody or spilling your drinks because somebody just barged into you. The upstairs has a pool table that is never free. It is always occupied. This is kind of "anything goes" bar. You could walk in wearing a sleeveless, shorts and flip flops and I highly doubt whether you will be turned away. Definitely start your pub crawl with this place and you are bound to have a good time.
Dark and Crazy!
Sandy S. Sep 5, 2012
There are only 2 reasons why this place would appeal to anyone from any walk of life 1) Live Music anytime of the week and 2) the craziness that permeates through this place. Its dark, dingy and crowded with crazy trinkets all over the place but that's what you gotta get used to and they make no excuses about it. The place has 3 floors with enough bar sections all around so you can never be without a drink. The first floor always has some live jazz music playing which goes until the wee hours of the morning. You will find an extremely diverse crowd and it definitely attracts a lot of out of towners. It has all the makings of a great spot for a Friday evening where you can let your hair down with some great music, free flowing liquor and a packed place. The only thing you might be wary about is that it just might bring out the CRAZY in you. P.S - I have heard there is an interesting story about the large outdoor mural which shows off the one and only "Madam", guess you will have to find out from the bartender!
Get Down and Dirty to Blues, Soul, Funk, and Jazz
Danny M. Aug 1, 2012
One of my favorite places in all of DC, the live music at Madam's Organ keeps the crowd dancing all night long. And if the music isn't stimulating enough just take a look around the walls and ceiling at the hodgepodge of random flea-market type items plastered everywhere - instruments, bicycles, trophy animals, wagon wheels, streets signs, and random signage with words of wisdom like 'Beware Pickpockets and Loose Women'. But this scenery just sets the tone for a place where the crowd knows how to get sauced, have fun, and boogie to the bands jamming on stage. There is a quieter upper level with a red felt pool table and some more chill areas but the real action is on the main floor where the dance floor gets packed. One word of advice...be ready to get in the mix right away...the entrance is right next to the stage so everyone must make their way through the dance floor upon arrival...kind of like a run through the guantlet just to make sure you can handle the scene you've just grooved into.
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