DC Area Best Live Music Venues

By peter in Dc Nightclubs, DC Nightlife, Get in Style
Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 8:29pm. (Updated: 10/24/13 at 6:01pm) Add comments

Washington, DC is not only the most powerful city in the world… it’s a capital of great live music! While often overshadowed by bigger cities, it has produced its share of incredible musicians, including conductor John Phillips Sousa, jazz pioneer Duke Ellington, and soul singer Marvin Gaye. The birthplace of Go-Go, a bastion for hardcore and punk rock, and home to a huge electronic scene, Washington, DC really does have it all!

Below is our list of the best live music venues in DC and the metropolitan area.

9:30 Club

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The 9:30 Club is a DC tradition!

Address:
815 V Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 265-0930

Website: 930.com

Hours: Check calendar for concert showtimes

The 9:30 Club has long been a staple of DC nightlife, first opening its doors to the public in 1980. Historically a rock venue, the 9:30 Club has featured plenty of legendary acts over the years, including Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and the Beastie Boys. For years, it has been regarded the best places to see live music in DC.

Echostage

echostage
Address:
2125 Queens Chapel Road, NE
Washington, DC 20018
(202) 503-2330

Website: echostage.com

Hours: Saturdays, 10 pm – 4 am

Echostage is Washington DC’s largest, dedicated concert venue. The new home of Club Glow, Echostage primarily hosted the world’s largest DJs during its 3 months of being open. Renovations in the first quarter of 2013, coupled with some exciting new partnerships will provide DC with a nightlife-oriented concert experience for all tastes.

Eighteenth Street Lounge

The front door of ESL DC

18th Street Lounge... located above Mattress Discounters!

Address:
1212 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 466-3922

Website: eighteenthstreetlounge.com

Hours:
Tues-Thurs: 5:30 pm – 2am
Fri: 5:30pm – 3am
Sat: 9:30pm – 3am
Sun: 9:30pm – 2am

Set in an 19th Century Victorian mansion formerly owned by President Theodore Roosevelt, Eighteenth Street Lounge is one of DC’s swankiest nightlife landmarks. Home to live DJ act Thievery Corporation and anything from jazz, funk bands, reggae, Brazilian acts, and more, this lounge is hopping with live vibes!

Learn more about Eighteenth Street Lounge

U Street Music Hall

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Not many photos exist showing the inside U Hall!

Address:
1115A U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 588-1880

Website: ustreetmusichall.com

Hours:
*Live shows: 7 – 10 pm
>(check website for calendar)
*DJ nights: 10 pm – 2 am, 3 am on weekends

U Street Music Hall has been setting the bar for underground dance clubs in Washington, DC. Owned by DJ/producers Will Eastman and Jesse Tittsworth, the venue was designed with dance music in mind, boasting perhaps the most heavenly sound system in town. Its no-photo policy and lack of a dress code suggests its customers should be more concerned about the music than with the door policy. “UHall,” as it is popularly known, is also home to numerous live bands and performances.

Learn more about U Street Music Hall

The Kennedy Center

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The Kennedy Center: an American landmark!

Address:
2700 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20566
(202) 416-8000

Website: kennedy-center.org

Hours: Check calendar for full performance listings

The Kennedy Center is one of the world’s most premier venues for the performing arts. Comprised of three main theaters (the Concert Hall, Opera House, and Eisenhower Theater) and a handful of smaller stages, the Kennedy Center’s live music selection ranges from popular, classical, jazz, folk, and more. The Kennedy Center also regularly hosts theater, dance, and ballet productions.

The Fillmore

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The Fillmore is one of the area's newest venues.

Address:
8656 Colesville Rd.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 960-9999

Website: fillmoresilverspring.com

Hours: Check calendar for concert showtimes

Opened in September 2011, The Fillmore is one of the best new venues in the DC area. In spite of its youth, huge names like Mary J. Blige, Deadmau5, LMAFO, Moby, Black Star, and more have graced its stage. With a great sound system, plenty of floor room, and great balcony views, The Fillmore is a great place to catch a show.

Learn more about The Fillmore Silver Spring

Jiffy Lube Live

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The biggest music venue in the area!

Address:
7800 Cellar Door Drive
Bristow, VA 20136
(703) 754-6400 ‎

Website: LiveNation.com

Hours: Check website for concert showtimes

Jiffy Lube Live, formerly known as the Nissan Pavilion, is an outdoor amphitheater with a capacity of nearly 25,000 people, making it the largest music venue in the Washington Metropolitan area. With pavilion seating for 10,000 fans and a huge sprawling lawn, Jiffy Lube Live is a  popular stop for big-name performers and music festivals during the summer. In early 2012 to many fans’ delight, the venue announced it was lifting its tailgating ban.

Wolf Trap

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The Filene Center at Wolf Trap

Address:
1551 Trap Rd.
Vienna, VA 22182
(703) 255-1900

Website: wolftrap.org

Hours: Check calendar for concert showtimes

Located on 13o acres of national park land, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts features numerous indoor and outdoor music venues. Performances are incredibly diverse, ranging from anything between popular rock acts to jazz, ballet and classical music!

Merriweather Post Pavilion

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One of the area's hottest summer venues

Address:
10475 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044
(410) 715-5550 ‎

Website: merriweathermusic.com

Hours: Check website for concert showtimes

Located in Columbia, Maryland, Merriweather Post Pavilion has seen an incredible assortment of live acts over the years, ranging from Led Zeppelin and the Grateful Dead to Kid Cudi and Katy Perry. Perhaps best known in recent years as the home to the Virgin Mobile Free Fest at the end of every summer, this 19,000 person outdoor venue’s calendar is always lined with huge names.

Fridays: POP at Ultrabar Nightclub

By admin in Dc Nightclubs
Tuesday, January 3, 2012, 11:00pm. (Updated: 1/21/12 at 12:23am) Add comments
Fridays in Washington DC nightlife

The main floor at Ultrabar goes off every Friday night!

‘Pop’ aims to bring the hottest DJs, music, performers, after-parties, movie-premiers and guest appearances to DC nightlife!

Pop Fridays at Ultrabar feature 6 bars, 5 levels, 4 dance floors with different DJs and some of the hottest people in DC! Pop brings wild nights for vibrant people who want to party to the newest, hottest music anywhere.

Past guests include Lil’ John, Chachi, PS1, Skeet Skeet, Sam Adams, The Real World, Twilight, Lady GaGa After Party and more!

Pop events from pop DJs spinning the freshest top 40/house mash ups with a splash of popular hip-hop!
Ultrabar Main Floor

Music Format
Main Floor: A rotating schedule of the nation’s top mash up DJs along with resident DJ Geometrix (Top 40, Mashups, Hip Hop)
— Vault: DBK (House)
— Bedroom: DJs Suelto, Enemy & Bomba (Latin Music)
— Chroma: Kid Lucky (Mashups, Dance)

Drink Specials
$4 Stella Beer
$6 Woo Woo Shots
$6 Absolut Vodka mixed drinks till midnight
$5 Blueberry Smirnoff *bedroom & Mini Bar only
$5 Margaritas *bedroom & Mini Bar only
$150 Stoli Vodka (VIP Table Service)

Discount Admission: See Event Passes

Age Requirement and Dress Code:
Open to ages 18+, Proper ID and Attire is Required. Dress Smart. Guys: No shorts, boots, oversized tees, baggy jeans, tennis shoes, etc.. Girls: Keep it classy.

Location, Info:
911 F St. NW Washington DC 20004.  Nearest metro: Gallery Place. 202 638 4663
More details about Ultrabar

Take an inside look at Ultrabar!

Ultrabar Front Door

The front door at Ultrabar DC

Ultrabar Chroma Bottles

Racks of top shelf drinks

Ultrabar Chroma Going Crazy

Partying in Chroma (4th Floor)

Ultrabar Bedroom VIP Tables

VIP Tables in the Bedroom (3rd Floor)

Ultrabar VIP Table Service

VIP Tables in the Mezzanine (2nd Floor overlooking Main Floor)

Ultrabar Table

VIP Tables on the Main Floor

Ultrabar Vault Level Basement

Rocking out in the Vault (Basement Level)

Ultrabar DJ Mixer Pioneer DJM 800 Nightclub DJ Microphone Back Panel RCA Plugs

The best DJs use the Best Equipment at Ultrabar, like the Pioneer DJM 800 mixer and CDJ 1000 MK3s

Ultrabar Front Door Columbia National Bank

Ultrabar is actually housed in a historic turn-of-the-century bank building

Ultrabar Chroma VIP

The VIP in Chroma

Saturdays are Ladies Nights in Washington DC at Ultrabar: 01.07.12

By Ravi in Dc Nightclubs, Past Events
Monday, December 26, 2011, 4:30pm. (Updated: 10/24/13 at 4:17pm) Add comments

One of the best events in DC clubs is Ladies Night Saturdays at Ultrabar Nightclub DC! Featuring 6 Bars, 5 Floors, 4 Dancefloors, 4 DJs, there’s a party for everyone in the group!

From the rich hardwood floors to the marble bartops, the stainless steel accents to the pounding subwoofers, Ultrabar is clearly one of the elite clubs in DC. With VIP areas and private table seating available on all floors, its a place where you can party in style!

Music Format
Main Floor: DJ Saam (Top 40, Mashups, Hip Hop)
— Vault: The House Tribe (Prog, Tech, House)
— Bedroom: DJ Mario (S. American + International)
— Chroma: Ramzy (House, Dance, International)

Drink Specials
Saturday OPEN BAR 9pm-10pm
$4 Stella Beer
$6 Woo Woo Shots
$6 Absolut Vodka mixed drinks till midnight
$5 Blueberry Smirnoff *bedroom & Mini Bar only
$5 Margaritas *bedroom & Mini Bar only
$175 Belvedere Vodka (VIP Table Service)

Discount Admission: See Event Passes

Age Requirement and Dress Code:
Open to ages 18+, Proper ID and Attire is Required. Dress Smart. Guys: No shorts, boots, oversized tees, baggy jeans, tennis shoes, etc.. Girls: Keep it classy.

Learn more about Ultrabar Nightclub DC

Location, Info:
911 F St. NW Washington DC 20004. Nearest metro: Gallery Place. 202 638 4663
More details about Ultrabar

Take an inside look at Ultrabar!

Ultrabar Front Door

The front door at Ultrabar DC

Ultrabar Chroma Bottles

Racks of top shelf drinks

Ultrabar Chroma Going Crazy

Partying in Chroma (4th Floor)

Ultrabar Bedroom VIP Tables

VIP Tables in the Bedroom (3rd Floor)

Ultrabar VIP Table Service

VIP Tables in the Mezzanine (2nd Floor overlooking Main Floor)

Ultrabar Table

VIP Tables on the Main Floor

Ultrabar Vault Level Basement

Rocking out in the Vault (Basement Level)

Ultrabar DJ Mixer Pioneer DJM 800 Nightclub DJ Microphone Back Panel RCA Plugs

The best DJs use the Best Equipment at Ultrabar, like the Pioneer DJM 800 mixer and CDJ 1000 MK3s

Ultrabar Front Door Columbia National Bank

Ultrabar is actually housed in a historic turn-of-the-century bank building

Ultrabar Chroma VIP

The VIP in Chroma

Pop Fridays at Ultrabar Nightclub: 01.06.12

By Ravi in Dc Nightclubs, Past Events, Past Pop Events
Friday, December 23, 2011, 4:41pm. (Updated: 1/07/12 at 1:06pm) Add comments
Fridays in Washington DC nightlife

The main floor at Ultrabar goes off every Friday night!

‘Pop’ aims to bring the hottest DJs, music, performers, after-parties, movie-premiers and guest appearances to DC nightlife!

Pop Fridays at Ultrabar feature 6 bars, 5 levels, 4 dance floors with different DJs and some of the hottest people in DC! Pop brings wild nights for vibrant people who want to party to the newest, hottest music anywhere.

Past guests include Lil’ John, Chachi, PS1, Skeet Skeet, Sam Adams, The Real World, Twilight, Lady GaGa After Party and more!

Pop events from pop DJs spinning the freshest top 40/house mash ups with a splash of popular hip-hop!
Ultrabar Main Floor

Music Format
Main Floor: A rotating schedule of the nation’s top mash up DJs along with resident DJ Geometrix (Top 40, Mashups, Hip Hop)
— Vault: DBK (House)
— Bedroom: DJs Suelto, Enemy & Bomba (Latin Music)
— Chroma: Kid Lucky (Mashups, Dance)

Drink Specials
$4 Stella Beer
$6 Woo Woo Shots
$6 Absolut Vodka mixed drinks till midnight
$5 Blueberry Smirnoff *bedroom & Mini Bar only
$5 Margaritas *bedroom & Mini Bar only
$175 Belvedere Vodka (VIP Table Service)

Discount Admission: See Event Passes

Age Requirement and Dress Code:
Open to ages 18+, Proper ID and Attire is Required. Dress Smart. Guys: No shorts, boots, oversized tees, baggy jeans, tennis shoes, etc.. Girls: Keep it classy.

Location, Info:
911 F St. NW Washington DC 20004. Nearest metro: Gallery Place. 202 638 4663
More details about Ultrabar

Take an inside look at Ultrabar!

Ultrabar Front Door

The front door at Ultrabar DC

Ultrabar Chroma Bottles

Racks of top shelf drinks

Ultrabar Chroma Going Crazy

Partying in Chroma (4th Floor)

Ultrabar Bedroom VIP Tables

VIP Tables in the Bedroom (3rd Floor)

Ultrabar VIP Table Service

VIP Tables in the Mezzanine (2nd Floor overlooking Main Floor)

Ultrabar Table

VIP Tables on the Main Floor

Ultrabar Vault Level Basement

Rocking out in the Vault (Basement Level)

Ultrabar DJ Mixer Pioneer DJM 800 Nightclub DJ Microphone Back Panel RCA Plugs

The best DJs use the Best Equipment at Ultrabar, like the Pioneer DJM 800 mixer and CDJ 1000 MK3s

Ultrabar Front Door Columbia National Bank

Ultrabar is actually housed in a historic turn-of-the-century bank building

Ultrabar Chroma VIP

The VIP in Chroma

DJ Dirty Hands - Fri 12.23.11 [Pop at Ultrabar]

By Ravi in Dc Nightclubs, DC Nightlife, Past Events, Past Pop Events
Friday, November 11, 2011, 5:11pm. (Updated: 10/24/13 at 5:58pm) Add comments

best clubs in DCPop Nightlife DC presents:

DJ Dirty Hands
www.djdirtyhands.com

Friday December 23, 2011

Ultrabar Nightclub
911 F St NW
Washington D.C., DC 20004

(202) 638-4663

Opening set by DJ Geometrix
Doors at 9pm, Ages 18+

From: DC | Style: Dance/Soul/Hip-Hop
Best Known For:Being one DC’s top residents, Opening Fly Lounge

Dirty Hands has been flying around DC for years dropping the freshest sounds blended with the classics that you love to hear. He knows the DC concerts faithful better than anyone around. He knows how to command a room, work the crowd and keep the party alive!

Resident DJ Geometrix




Panorama Productions Resident DJ Geometrix is one of DC’s finest. Not only does he hold weekly spots at Pop @ Ultrabar and the hip-hop room at Glow @ Fur; he is also a co-director of the B2R (Back to Rock) Music School’s Beat Refinery in Herndon, VA.
 

The Vault


Ultrabar is currently hosting a contest to find its next resident! We’re down to the final 8 competitors! Check it out every Friday!

Ultrabar Nightclub in Washington DC was once a bank, and this is The Vault! In addition to a bar and dance floor, the Vault features a hall lined with couches, sunken chairs and intimate escapes in case you meet the love of your life on a Friday night!

 

The Bedroom (Latin)


Latest tracks by DJ SUELTO

Mario Salsa feeling the rhythm in the Bedroom at Ultrabar DC

With Mario Salsa on the congas, DJs Suelto and Bomba bring the hype every Friday to The Bedroom at Ultrabar. Pop’s Latin/International party features reggaeton, bachata, house and the best in international beats! The Bedroom at Ultrabar Nightclub in Washington DC is a huge weekly draw!

 

Passes

Print your passes for Pop Fridays at Ultrabar

Or use DC Nightclub passes to get a discount at the door.

 
 

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DJ Enferno - Fri 11.25.11 [Pop at Ultrabar]

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011, 12:26pm. (Updated: 10/24/13 at 5:58pm) Add comments
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