Rock & Roll Hotel

Bar / Club / Live Music Venue
Rock & Roll Hotel 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. Washington, DC United States 38.900089 -76.986577
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Rock & Roll Hotel - Bar | Club | Live Music Venue in Washington, DC.
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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

  • Hours:

    M–Th, Su 6pm–2am, F–Sa 6pm–3am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Rock & Roll Hotel Review

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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.

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.

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Tip from Jonah:

The smaller bar in the Presidential Suite is almost always the best spot to grab a drink and avoid the crowd.

  • Crowd

    Depends on event, but usually laid-back music lovers, artists, young professionals, and a few trendy types, some teens, early 20s to early 30s,

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live music and DJs provide a wide range of music. Theme nights on Thursdays and Fridays. Check website for schedule of events.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    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.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $5–$25 downstairs, free upstairs. Bar menu $5–$10. Beer $4–$7, wine $6, cocktails $5–$10.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Mostly casual to rocker: band t-shirts, jeans, flannel, trendy hipster wear, button-downs, sneakers.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays and Saturdays for live acts downstairs, DJs upstairs, and a good dance crowd.

  • Close By

    Red Palace (1210 H Street NE) is another popular venue for live music and vaudeville shows.

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