This club is D.C.’s flagship venue for alternative music. When it opened on 14th Street in 1993, the neighborhood was a red-light district and D.C. was not a major player in the live-music scene. So hats off to the Black Cat, which played a part in the changes that have happened since. Today, local, national, and international groups play here, everyone from Arcade Fire to local trio Flasher. The Black Cat has two stages: its main concert hall, which holds more than 600 people, and Backstage, the place for soloists, smaller bands, DJs, film screenings, and poetry readings. The Red Room Bar features pinball machines, a pool table, and a jukebox. Concerts are nightly, sometimes twice in a single night, on different stages.
Washington, D.C.› Nightlife
1811 14th St. NW (btw. S and T sts.), Washington, D.C., USA
Our Rating Neighborhood Downtown Hours Monday-Thursday 5pm-2am, Friday-Saturday 5pm-3am, Sunday 5pm-12am Transportation Metro: U St.-Cardozo (13th and U sts. exit) Phone 202/667-4490 Prices Purchase tickets ($5–$25) online for concerts or arrive with cash, since the club does not accept credit cards; cover charge for Black Cat’s two main stages; no cover in the Red Room Bar. Web site Black Cat
Map1811 14th St. NW Washington, D.C.
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