DC9 (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
Hey folks, DC9 asked the mayor if it could resume business with takeout and delivery of food and alcohol. And the mayor approved!
DC9 had been closed since the DC mayor’s March 13 order to close nightclubs. Other establishments that hold liquor licenses, such as taverns, were able to pivot to takeout food, but DC9 initially was not.
The mayor allowed DC9 to reopen beginning April 22, and now the club’s burgers and Southern-leaning plates are available for online and in-person ordering!
Pearl Street Warehouse (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
Pearl Street Warehouse, located in The Wharf at DC’s Southwest waterfront, could just as easily be at home in Nashville. When I walk up to it, I certainly feel as if I’m off the side streets around Lower Broadway, perhaps around the corner from Acme Feed and Seed along 2nd Ave.
As it happens, Pearl Street Warehouse keeps the vibe going with its selection of touring arts performing country, folk, and Americana.
Songbyrd Music House (Photo by Ben Eisendrath/ Instagram+Twitter: Insomnigraphic/ GrillworksBen)
For music lovers, Songbyrd Music House feeds the body, mind, and soul.
The versatile music venue is divided into three distinct parts — a restaurant, a cafe, and a theatre. In any one of these spaces, you can find music to comfort your ears as well as food and drink to slake your appetite.
The Ottobar (Photo by David LaMason)
There have been few places that have been around in this town as long as the Ottobar.
Union Stage (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
Union Stage is perhaps the most pleasantly surprising music venue in DC.
Opened at The Wharf, located in southwest DC in December 2017, Union Stage was founded by brothers Jonathan, Luke, and Daniel Brindley, who have owned and operated Jammin’ Java in Vienna, Virginia, since 2001.
If you’ve never been to Union Stage, you might wonder if it radiates the same chill coffee house vibes as Jammin’ Java. To its credit, the 7,500 sq. ft. subterranean venue does its own thing and does it with style.
9:30 Club (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
Places have power.
At the very least, entering particular locations steeps you in the sense of the place. Your mind becomes open to the possibilities of what that place has to offer.
Nowhere is this truer than 9:30 Club, the most renowned of DC’s music venues. When you enter 9:30 Club, you’ve entered a place wired for performance, and you feel it right away.
The Metro Gallery (Photo by David LaMason)
Baltimore has been host to some legendary musicians and, I’d say, just as legendary music clubs. In addition to being a gallery space for the visual arts, the Metro Gallery, which is a mixed media space in the heart of Baltimore’s Station North Arts District, has been putting on some of the most eclectic performances by the best artists — local and international — you’ve ever heard of (or shortly will).
The entrance to U Street Music Hall (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
You could learn a lot from DJ Will Eastman. One of the many things: Should you decide on a career change, put your whole heart into it.
That’s what Will did when he opened U Street Music Hall in 2010. You see, he previously worked full-time for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Meanwhile, DJ’ed all around town and beyond at 9:30 Club, Black Cat, and more, and he saw the need for a club wholly dedicated to hot dance nights with big beats.
Enter U Hall, a club for DJs by DJs.
DC9 Nightclub (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
When you Google “DC9 Nightclub,” the search engine giant helpfully informs you that “the live music venue” is a “Tri-level hipster hangout with snug basement bar, music stage with dance parties and rooftop deck.”
What that doesn’t fully tell you, however, is that DC9 is perhaps the most chill spot to discover the best rising bands, find the best affordable cocktail to put you in the zone, and altogether check your troubles at the door.
The Black Cat (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
The Black Cat is regarded as home to DC’s punk music scene. It hosts the likes of Discord bands like Hammered Hulls and traveling skate punk bands like FIDLAR, for sure, but there’s much more to the Black Cat.
With its 700-person capacity, the Black Cat is the touring home to indie rockers of all stripes, whether climbing their way up the charts or legacy bands that have won a consistent and loyal following.