Party Earth Review Housed in a former mortuary – and possibly haunted, according to some bartenders – The Rock and Roll Hotel is a notoriously high-energy concert hall that is anything but dead. Eccentric yet classy, the two-story venue... ... read full review
1353 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
Red Line: Union Station
M–Th, Su 6pm–2am, F–Sa 6pm–3am
H Street Corridor, Washington, DC –
Housed in a former mortuary – and possibly haunted, according to some bartenders – The Rock and Roll Hotel is a notoriously high-energy concert hall that is anything but dead. Eccentric yet classy, the two-story venue hosts locally and nationally recognized hip-hop, indie, punk, and electronic artists that draw a clientele as diverse as the musical lineup.
The Lobby Bar on the ground floor routinely packs in four hundred tattooed fans, who usually cram against the thirty-foot bar between sets before heading back to the open dance floor in front of the stage.
Well-dressed hip-hop enthusiasts looking to decompress make their way to the Hotel Bar upstairs, which offers quieter hotel-themed rooms, a small bar, and a dance floor overseen by a DJ spinning till the wee hours.
Plush antique sofas and loveseats await partiers in the My Bloody Valentine Suite, while a DC-themed décor and large Ramones wall stencil form the backdrop for groups of outgoing weekend warriors hanging out in the Presidential Suite.
Although mellower, sit-down performances are sometimes booked in the Lobby earlier in the week, Fridays and Saturdays mean a packed house and few vacancies on either dance floor.
It may not be an actual hotel, but Rock & Roll Hotel is nonetheless a home away from home for young urban music lovers.
Depends on event, but usually laid-back music lovers, artists, young professionals, and a few trendy types, some teens, early 20s to early 30s,
Live music and DJs provide a wide range of music. Theme nights on Thursdays and Fridays. Check website for schedule of events.
Typical bar fare including burgers, sandwiches, and vegetarian dishes. Patrons under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian in order to attend all-ages shows.
Cover charge $5–$25 downstairs, free upstairs. Bar menu $5–$10. Beer $4–$7, wine $6, cocktails $5–$10.
Mostly casual to rocker: band t-shirts, jeans, flannel, trendy hipster wear, button-downs, sneakers.
Fridays and Saturdays for live acts downstairs, DJs upstairs, and a good dance crowd.
Red Palace (1210 H Street NE) is another popular venue for live music and vaudeville shows.