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9:30 Club: Consistently named one of the best clubs in the United States, 9:30 Club is a general-admission venue with a capacity of about 1,100.
The Anthem: Shiny and new, the 9:30 Club’s big sister sits on the newly redeveloped DC Wharf. Parent company IMP built The Anthem (capacity 6,000) to serve as an arena-like space for bands that were too big to play more intimate clubs.
The Birchmere: Located in Alexandria, Virginia, The Birchmere is one of the premiere bars in America for Americana, bluegrass, folk, and country artists. You’ll often find an even wider variety of bands playing at The Birchmere, as the friendly dinner theatre venue welcomes acts of all stripes within its hallowed halls (capacity 500).
Black Cat: The best indie rock bar for both aging punks and young hipsters alike, Black Cat always lands on its feet with a mainstage capacity of about 700. (The fabled backstage, which hosted many shows at Black Cat, sadly closed at the end of 2018.) The Black Cat also has an impressive selection of drinks behind the bar, but it will always be a place best suited for a whiskey and a beer.
City Winery: City Winery Washington DC offers the lovely product of urban vintners but also hosts a great range of rock and folk acts within its concert space. Parklife DC is pleased to support the latest outpost of the consistently terrific City Winery chain, where the concert hall seats 320.
DC9 Nightclub: The coolest little spot at the hottest intersection in the city, DC9 is where every act that’s blowing up first comes to DC. It also has amazing food, focused on burgers and Southern cuisine, and it holds about 200 folks on its stage level.
The Fillmore Silver Spring: Seeking the gods of metal or the kings of hip hop? Your DC-area destination is none other than The Fillmore Silver Spring. This stately location of the chain named for the hallowed concert hall holds 2,000 people. And it’s a very short walk from the WMATA Silver Spring Metro Station, making it a very convenient place to see the world’s biggest touring acts.
The Howard Theatre: The smoothest concert hall for soul and R&B acts, and more than its share of indie rockers as well, the historic Howard Theatre is a cozy place to see some big names. It holds 1,242 people.
U Street Music Hall: A subterranean dream of a club for DJs, founded by DJs. With a capacity of about 500, U Street Music Hall is often pulling double duty with early evening concerts and late night raves.
Union Stage: One of the city’s newest clubs, Union Stage provides bands with an appealing stage and audiences with a good soundsystem, yummy pizza, and a strong selection of beer. The gents who run Jammin’ Java in the suburbs brought Union Stage to life in the city, and it’s doing great things with the capacity to hold 450 people.
Baltimore Soundstage: The best place in Baltimore to see a show! What I call Baltimore’s answer to the Black Cat (hey that’s high praise) is usually your first stop for punk/metal/goth/new wave (and more) in the city. It holds roughly 1,000 max.
Dodge City: Located on trendy U Street, steps away from both 9:30 Club and DC9, Dodge City has an upscale vibe with dive bar sensibilities. It’s got the best tap selection of beer in North Shaw, and it hosts our own little New Wave listening party on the second Thursday of every month.
Armada Trance Music: Our friends in The Netherlands produce the greatest EDM and trance artists in the world. Founded by Armin van Buuren, Maykel Piron, and David Lewis, Armada Music supports artists who habitually spin at U Street Music Hall, Echostage, Soundcheck, 9:30 Club, and more.