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
2461 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Red Line: Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan; Green, Yellow Lines: U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo
M–Th, Su 5pm–2am, F–Sa 5pm–3am
Adams Morgan, Washington, DC –
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.
Music lovers, dancers, college kids, interns, artists, young professionals, heavy drinkers, and heavy thinkers, early 20s to early 30s+.
Live music nightly. DJ on Fridays and Saturdays on the second floor from 10pm. Free pool table. Seven TVs. Karaoke.
Full menu of southern and soul food, including barbecue, wings, ribs, seafood, and chili. Happy Hour M–Sa 5–8pm.
Cover charge $3–$7, usually free before 9pm. Appetizers $5–$11, entrées $6–$14. Beer $4–$6, wine $6.25, cocktails $5–$10.
Anything goes: jeans, t-shirts, flip-flops, high-end designer slacks, button-downs, polos, khakis, shorts.
Any night for a good crowd, or Fridays and Saturdays for the most revered musical acts, DJs, and busiest scene, especially after 10pm.
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.