Columbia Station

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Columbia Station Crammed inside a bright purple building that looks more like a Harry Potter hangout than a jazz club, Columbia Station attracts a sophisticated but unpretentious crowd with its roster of live music – and no cover charge. Washington, DC United States 38.920374 -77.041698
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Columbia Station - Jazz Club | Restaurant in Washington, DC.
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Party Earth Review Crammed inside a bright purple building that looks more like a Harry Potter hangout than a jazz club, Columbia Station attracts a sophisticated but unpretentious crowd with its roster of live music – and no cover charge... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    Red Line: Woodley Park- Zoo/Adams Morgan

  • Phone:

    202–462–6040

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    Tu–Th 5pm–2am, F 5pm–3am, Sa–Su 4pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Columbia Station Review

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Crammed inside a bright purple building that looks more like a Harry Potter hangout than a jazz club, Columbia Station attracts a sophisticated but unpretentious crowd with its roster of live music – and no cover charge.

Crammed inside a bright purple building that looks more like a Harry Potter hangout than a jazz club, Columbia Station attracts a sophisticated but unpretentious crowd with its roster of live music – and no cover charge.

Softly lit by a wall display of brass instruments intertwined with twinkling lights, the cozy space features a scattering of tables, comfy suede chairs, and a handful of bar stools where cozy couples and low-key young professionals settle in to listen to the band.

On warm nights, passersby commandeer the tables and chairs on the sidewalk, parking themselves for a free show and a signature “Station-tini” martini.

Weekdays see an after-work crowd stopping in to enjoy a loud set list that runs until 2am, while weekend jam sessions allow neighborhood musicians to showcase their talents with the accompaniment of the Peter Edelman Trio, a well-known band in the jazz and blues world.

And, of course, the most dedicated band member at Columbia Station can be found sitting on the stool in front – namely “Phil,” the tip jar, always ready to accept contributions from appreciative patrons.

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Tip from Jonah:

Hmm…no-cover live jazz in a part of town better known for drunken frat parties… You want a tip? Put it in the jar by the piano!

  • Crowd

    Sophisticated young professionals, jazz enthusiasts, and music-loving travelers of all types, late 20s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live jazz music nightly. Live blues on Tuesday.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Full menu including pasta and burgers. Happy Hour Tu–F 5–8:30pm.

  • Prices

    No cover charge. Appetizers $6–$9, entrées $6–$18, desserts $6. Beer $2.50–$4, wine $6–$9, cocktails $6–$12.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Business casual: nice slacks, sweaters, skirts, blouses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Weekends for the afternoon jam sessions or weeknights for local DC jazz and blues bands.

  • Close By

    Bardia’s New Orleans Café (2412 18th Street NW) offers Cajun/Creole food that keeps the jazz theme flowing.

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