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Black Cat

U Street Corridor
5 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
Black Cat, Bars, Washington DC
Photograph: asicophoto/Joy Asico

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
Address: 1811 14th Street, NW
U Street Corridor
Washington, DC

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
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