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A veritable storehouse of talent is what you will find at the Velvet. Located in the bustling U Street neighborhood of the city, this music club is a local hit. Opt from a passel of events from stand-up acts, live concerts, DJ nights or a musical extravaganza. With tasty libations and a relaxing ambiance, Velvet is your one stop for a creative dose.
DC9 Nightclub is one of the best concert and partying venues in Washington DC. Known for its eclectic shows and live music events, it attracts hipsters and music lovers from all over the city for its late-night parties. You can choose to enjoy a quiet evening with friends on the patio or in one of its three bars. For real excitement, however, head upstairs for a show and soak in the energy of the vibrant crowds. Award-winning bands, dancers and DJs come here to entertain guests with their mind-blowing performances. People look forward to their dance parties so that they can come here in large groups and party the night away. For a nightclub, this place has a great food menu featuring items like Fried Shrimp Po’boy and The Slawter Burger. You can also create your own burger by choosing from various ingredients. There is no strict dress policy here but guests need to be above 21 years. Book show tickets well in advance for assured entry but table reservations are not necessary.
During the Harlem Renaissance, the U Street neighborhood in DC hosted many jazz greats of the age including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Count Bassie and Washington's favorite son, Duke Ellington. The Lincoln, built in 1921, was renovated and reopened in 1993 as a nonprofit, multicultural arts venue. With a schedule packed with black pop, jazz and soul artists, Hispanic folk music, African dance ensembles, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra series and the Gay Man's Chorus of Washington, this 1225-seat space is rarely quiet and always worth checking out. It was listed on the U.S National Register of Historic Places in the year 1993.
Although its physical location makes Tropicalia easy to walk past, its reputation ensures that people search for the staircase beside the subway that leads to this entertaining space. There is none of the dinginess you would normally associate with a basement space; on the contrary, you will find psychedelic lights in pretty much any color you can think of. Situated in the U Street Corridor, this dance hall attempts to bring some Brazilian flavor to the U Street Corridor of Washington, DC. The DJ ensures that you groove to the Brazilian beats on the dance floor, but there's more to come; you can also catch live Brazilian bands on Sunday nights.
Black Cat is the place to come to see the latest local bands. This club features rock, pop and rhythm-and-blues artists and has been known to book some big names, such as Morphine and The Foo Fighters frequently. Live acts perform in the main space while an eclectic mix of young party animals hangs out in the Red Room. Light fare is available, and the bar has microbrews on tap.
The Chi-Cha Lounge feels more like the home of a good friend than a bar, with its small coffee tables and large, overstuffed, crushed-velvet chairs and sofas. Stop in early to smoke fruit-flavored Arabic tobacco before things get too crowded. The house beverage is a Latin American spiced wine called chi-cha, which comes in red or white. Have a glass of it with one of a dozen tapas. The attentive service means your drinks and light bar fare will be served quickly. Chi-Cha Lounge is open daily 5 pm onwards.
New Vegas Lounge gets crowded fast, especially when the "Out of Town Blues Band" is on stage. If the night is right, the band will indulge in a little audience participation or bring willing people on stage. The bar is small but friendly. Requesting table service is the best option. Patrons must be at least 18.
With an atmosphere that borders on dive, a large number of domestic and imported beers on tap, and boisterous live music, it is small wonder that the Wonderland Ballroom has become a local favorite. Unlike some of the trendier establishments in the city, this unpretentious bar offers a laid-back vibe with its worn wood-paneled interior and roomy outdoor patio (a great place to cool off after a bout of dancing inside). Also be sure to check out the pub-grub menu, with such notable favorites as the Motor City Chili Dog. When in search of a night out that doesn't require the latest in fashion, or if you just want to share an inexpensive pint with new friends, the Wonderland Ballroom has it covered in the Columbia Heights / Mount Pleasant district.