Washington DC is home to an avid music scene rooted in a strong and eclectic history. Monumental influences from local punk and jazz acts have helped shape the city’s passion for live music while attracting attention from the greater music world at large. This rich history of high-quality local music, combined with the city’s lively and widespread nightlife scene, makes Washington DC a great place to go to a show.

To help guide guests to somewhere fun and suitable to their particular tastes, we’ve put together a short list of the top Washington DC music venues.

Madam’s Organ

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Adams Morgan has been a destination for fun and nightlife in Washington DC for quite a while. At the heart of this north-central DC neighborhood is Madam’s Organ bar and music venue. This multi-level venue is a great place to grab drinks and enjoy some delicious soul food with friends. The venue cycles through great live music acts, many of which are independent blues and jazz bands.

Madam’s Organ
2461 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

Gypsy Sally’s

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Gypsy Sally’s describes itself as the place “where the music never stops,” quite an accurate description of the venue. The club’s calendar is filled with fun, up and coming acts from a wide range of genres and cultural backgrounds, appealing to a variety of tastes. In addition to the spacious music hall, the venue also has the Vinyl Room, a low-key lounge area where you can enjoy food and drinks while listening to records.

Gypsy Sally’s
3401 Water St NW
Washington, DC 20007

U Street Music Hall

U Street is an iconic nightlife destination in Washington DC. The U Street Music Hall is at the heart of this bustling strip of watering holes. This basement live music venue and dance club is geared mostly towards DJs and a more upbeat party scene. The U Street Music Hall is an exciting spot to mingle with Washington DC’s young, artistic crowd while losing yourself in the excitement of loud, high-quality tunes.

U Street Music Hall
1115 12th St NW
Washington, DC 20005