9:30 Club

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9:30 Club
U Street Corridor

Once a tiny art-scene dive on F Street, renowned for its heat (and smell), the 9:30 relocated in 1996. It now boasts state-of-the-art sound and ventilation, as well as a healthy slate of microbrews. A few long-lived (or reunited) punk and post-punk bands have played both incarnations, among them Wire, the Feelies and Mission of Burma, but these days you’re as likely to see George Clinton, Jane’s Addiction, Andrew Bird, the Magnetic Fields, Snoop Dogg, Patti Smith or the Walkmen, and Adele has performed here too. The open floor and balcony layout is supposed to guarantee unrestricted viewing of the stage from anywhere in the club, and for the most part it succeeds. However, arriving early, scoping out the best vantage point and then standing your ground for the rest of the night is the best way to ensure a good view.

Venue name: 9:30 Club
Contact:
Address: 815 V Street, NW
U Street Corridor
Washington, DC

Cross street: 9th Street
Opening hours: Varies
Transport: U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Metro or 66, 68, 70, 71, 90, 92, 93, 96, 98 bus
Price: Varies
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