As famous for having Foo Fighter Dave Grohl as a backer as it is for the bands it books, the Black Cat has picked up where the old 9:30 left off when it comes to hosting less mainstream acts. Opened in 1993, the Black Cat began with the Fall, Stereolab and Slant 6 and has been continuing pretty much along those lines ever since. The vibe is dark and homey. A downstairs area—Back Stage—hosts greener local and out-of-town bands, as well as DJ nights that range from ’80s retro to bhangra. Past acts have included Gold Panda, the Thermals and Wire.
|Venue name:||Black Cat|
1811 14th Street, NW
U Street Corridor
|Cross street:||S & T Streets|
|Opening hours:||8pm–2am Mon–Thur, Sun; 7pm–3am Fri, Sat. Red Room Bar 8pm–2am Mon–Thur, Sun; 7pm–3am Fri, Sat|
|Transport:||U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Metro|