Borderstan is a neighborhood steeped in music and cultural history — 100 years after the area’s famous jazz days, it is still home to DC’s music and art scenes. Yes, the area is also booming with restaurants and new development, but if there is one thing that prevails in the neighborhood, it’s music venues.
On any given night, District residents can check out nationally respected and home-grown talent at a variety of locations, all within blocks from each other. So, if you’re looking to hit-up DC’s music scene, here are some of the neighborhood favorites:
Borderstan Music Venues
- 9:30 Club (815 V Street NW). Probably the most widely known music venue in DC, the 9:30 club brings in well-known musicians and sometimes features local artists.
- Black Cat (1811 14th Street NW). Black Cat is a large venue on 14th Street that has two different stages (one main and one downstairs). The club hosts several live music shows, as well as D.J. events and other types of shows.
- DC9 (1940 9th Street NW). The calendar is always full of options at this 9th Street venue that hosts smaller national and local acts. The club’s weekly Liberation Dance Party is also a favorite among frequenters.
- U Street Music Hall (1115A U Street NW). This D.J.-owned and operated dance club also hosts live music in its 500-person capacity basement room.
- Howard Theatre (620 T Street NW). The Howard Theatre is one of DC’s most historic music venues. The calendar is full of eclectic offerings, from R&B artists to indie rock bands and even a Harlem Gospel Choir brunch on Sundays.
- Velvet Lounge (915 U Street NW). Velvet Lounge is another smaller, yet very popular, music venue in the area. The venue attracts local and national musicians and offers live music most nights of the week.
- Vegas Lounge (1415 P Street NW). This Logan Circle bar and lounge hosts a lot blues, R&B and soul music.
- Bohemian Caverns (2001 11th Street NW). Considered one of the best spots for live jazz, Bohemian Caverns is also one of the more historic DC jazz clubs. Today, it still offers live music most every night of the week.
- Patty Boom Boom (1359 U Street NW). Patty Boom Boom is the place in the neighborhood to hear Reggae and Jamaican-influenced dance music. Yes, it’s D.J.’d music, but the club plays some great music.
- Twin Jazz (1344 U Street NW). Another favorite jazz club in the area, Twin Jazz features live jazz music most nights of the week.
- Tropicalia (2001 14th Street NW). Newer to DC’s music scene, this ’60’s Brazilian-inspired club hosts live music and D.J.’d music most nights of the week.