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9:30 Club

9:30 Club

Music Venue, Rock Club, and Bar
U-Street, Washington
  • Don't forget it is Memorial Day today. You may want to call to confirm this place is open.
  • Carolina E.
    "You really feel close to the stage and get an awesome experience."(9 Tips)
    Pearl A.
    "Get there early to get a good seat on the 2nd floor balcony!"(13 Tips)
    Mike R.
    "Best place to see live music!"(19 Tips)
    Matt F.
    "My favorite music venue in DC."(3 Tips)
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  • Of A Revolution
    Best seat in the house: along the railing in the balcony towards the center. Best place to eat nearby: Ben's Chili Bowl (try the 1/2 smoke all the way w/ cheese fries to share). - Richard On of O.A.R.
    Of A Revolution · February 29, 2012
  • - B.
    Independent local venue brings in top acts. Decent views all around, but best views go fast. Don't worry about food if you're in a rush: they have great food at good prices. This is why I moved to DC.
    - Bossi · February 17, 2011
  • Cozmik
    NO PHOTO/NO VIDEO policy sure doesn't look strict to me...... 9:30 is lax on hacks but still hassles pros. As camera tech gets higher on smart phones the rules will inevitably have to change....
    Cozmik · February 2, 2013
  • Brad Z.
    One of the best places in DC for a concert. If you're taking the Metro there, check the Metro closing hours before you leave home to ensure you don't miss the last train home after the show.
    Brad Zickafoose · October 23, 2014
  • Design*Sponge
    One of the best and most intimate venues for seeing live music in town. For thirty years and counting – the 9:30 Club has brought the best local, indie and international bands to DC. Read more
    Design*Sponge · August 3, 2014
  • Helena N.
    Great sound for a smaller club, great view of the bands. Nice options for food, but real bizarre to leave your credit card to open a tab at the bar. Nice beer selection, don't go for budweiser.
    Helena Nacinovic · May 17, 2012
  • R.A. S.
    Best spot ever. Reasonable beer prices, and right next to the Civil War Memorial metro. There's a little Ethiopian Restaurant across the street with great food and beer specials. Highly recommend.
    R.A. Sinners · December 31, 2012
  • Daniya T.
    Great energy! This is the view from the bar at the back. There are some seats on the balcony (get here about half an hour early for that) but it is more fun to be part of the crowd by the stage
    Daniya Tamendarova · December 29, 2013
  • Al C.
    Has some of the best live acts, from the Pietasters to Public Enemy. The balcony has some of the best views and the only places to sit, but you have arrive early for them.
    Al Carroll · July 27, 2015
  • M Squared Real Estate
    If you wanna have a drink before the show or escape the crowd, sneak down to the back bar (down the stairs before you get to the bathrooms.) It's like a secret bar - never packed, cool space.
    M Squared Real Estate · September 6, 2011
  • Matt P.
    Bring a couple dollar bills if you plan on sitting in line outside during summer shows. There is a nice guy who will stroll down the sidewalk with a cart filled with bottles of water for a buck.
    Matt Pennini · August 16, 2010
  • Mike
    Make sure to bring your earplugs if you're seeing anything but a very quiet band. The soundboard ops here, like at most small venues, believe that the only good volume setting is "all the way up".
    Mike · October 18, 2011
  • Washington Post
    Josh Burdette, who died Sept. 1, 2013 at 36, was called many things. Head of security. Door-staff supervisor. Crew chief. That guy. He said: "I am not a bouncer." Read our obituary for him. Read more
    Washington Post · September 11, 2013
  • Rajkamal Sandhu® {#UH} [.
    Had a great time here. The parking lot behind the venue is great but small. And it is a little expensive for the parking itself. I wish it was included in the cost of the ticket...
  • Shawn R.
    Go to a show with a good opener, and get there in time to hold down the bar stools on the balcony above the VIP area and within arm's reach of the bar. Ideal seated viewing spot.
    Shawn Rider · July 26, 2009
  • travel42
    This is an excellent live music venue. Every seat is a good seat! There's also a small bar in the basement (where it's rumored that some performers hang out after their shows!).
    travel42 · August 3, 2011
  • Jenny S.
    Awesome! My only complaint is that I went there for a show on a Sunday morning so I opted for a coke instead of a beer. It was four bucks! Solution: get a beer. Problem solved.
    Jenny Slaughter · August 18, 2010
  • Lauren R.
    Just saw the Bosstones show here last night and was very impressed with the place. The view from the balcony was top notch, one of the best music venues I've ever been to!
    Lauren Rossetto · August 9, 2012
  • Mazda
    Founded by Dody DiSanto and Jon Bowers, the 9:30 Club was the home for alternative music in D.C. during the early 1980s and was a regular stopping point for bands touring the east coast.
    Mazda · October 25, 2010
  • Scoutmob
    The 9:30 club isn't so named because it has anything to do with any time of the day, but because of its original location, 930 F St. NW, which is now an office building. Womp-womp.
    Scoutmob · November 28, 2011
  • Worthy Sheep
    If you arrive early you can walk around to the side and there is a set of stairs that leads down to 9:30's basement bar with easy access to the main stage room.
    Worthy Sheep · July 1, 2012
  • Kristine U.
    Check out their contests for free ticket giveaways on their listserv -- if you follow them on Facebook or Twitter and comment first, you can score some sold out seats!
    Kristine Untalan · May 10, 2011
  • Mike A.
    Awesome venue. Overall best music going experience I have ever had in terms of getting drinks, food, merch, coat check, and music was LOUD but good sound.
    Mike Alvarado · December 11, 2014
  • Ben
    The club where I spent my youth and got to experience live music the way it should be. Continues to be the standard bearer for mid-size venues on the East Coast.
    Ben · August 8, 2014
  • Brightest Young Things
    Quite possibly the best venue in the world, go see a show here on a Sunday night. Sometimes the bands are amazing and the crowd isn't overwhelming.
    Brightest Young Things · October 27, 2010
  • Amanda B.
    They changed their Backbar policy and claim it's never been a separate line. Except every other concert we've been to HAS been a separate line. BE CAREFUL!!!!!!
    Amanda Boone · April 6, 2012
  • VH1
    Get there a little early and settle in. My favorite spot is on the floor toward the back because it sounds the best. Just grab a beer, a cupcake, and enjoy! – Civil Twilight
    VH1 · July 22, 2010
  • Jennifer K.
    There's no bad spot to hear shows at 9:30 Club. Just be sure to buy tickets directly from 9:30 - counterfeit operations abound on Craigslist.
    Jennifer Keene · May 19, 2011
  • The Feast
    There's not a bad sightline here, but we enjoy watching concerts from the upstairs balcony. Show up early to get one of these sought-after spots.
    The Feast · June 9, 2011
  • Matt F.
    My favorite music venue in DC. I usually arrive an hour after the doors open. That's often just about the time the opening act hits the stage.
    Matt Friedman · September 14, 2011
  • Blair M.
    best place for music in the city. since you're so close to american ice company, stetsons and nellie's, be sure to pop into one for pre-gaming bevs.
    Blair M · January 18, 2012
  • Cupcake Crusaders
    Did you know that the 9:30 Club carries cupcakes from Buzz Bakery? They do! Check out our review:
    Cupcake Crusaders · March 20, 2013
  • Matt D.
    Bob Dylan has played three shows here, two in 1997 and one in 2004. Other greats to have graced the stage include Radiohead, the Beastie Boys, Adele, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
    Matt Dicker · December 24, 2013
  • Yianni K.
    9:30 Club is the best venue for a show in DC! Hands down! Get there early to get a good spot as its standing room only!
    Yianni Konstantopoulos · October 8, 2010
  • Andrew W.
    9:30 burger is killer. Super clean venue. Friendly staff. If your band plays here, don't be a jerk and they'll take care of you.
    Andrew Wetzel · February 25, 2012
  • Michael Patrick Joseph G.
    Be careful where you park. We were vandalized tonight as our car sat on V Street across from the club. In broad daylight.
  • Harley Q.
    If you are feeling energenic, work your way to the middle of the floor and join in the mosh. Lots of jumping and bumping.
    Harley Quinn · February 28, 2011
  • Soundproofblog
    Never give up on a sold out show! There are always people getting rid of extras for face value an hour before the show. Not really surprising giving the flakiness level of this town! Read more
    Soundproofblog · January 28, 2011
  • EmmeGirls M.
    Arrive early and stand upstairs at the famed 930 Club. EmmeGirls Models performed with Sebastian Bach, Dave Navarro, Billy Morrison, Matt Sorum, Chris Chaney & Stevie Stevens at Camp Freddy DC Read more
    EmmeGirls Models · March 22, 2011
  • David K.
    Contrary to most reviews they did indeed have seats for the Chris Hardwick comedy show. Still first come first serve for the best seats.
    David King · May 25, 2013
  • Jaime W.
    Get here early to get one of the very limited cupcakes they have each night! You will NEVER regret it!
    Jaime Wojdowski · September 23, 2014
  • Pearl A.
    Get there early to get a good seat on the 2nd floor balcony! Such a great view for concerts!
    Pearl A · October 8, 2012
  • B
    I love going to concerts here! Good beer selections. All the good artists. Convenient location.
    B · August 7, 2015
  • Andrew N.
    Write nice things on their wall and MAYBE, just maybe - they will give you free tickets to the 1/14 Purity Ring show...
    Andrew Nazdin · December 27, 2012
  • Jason K.
    We saw The Dismemberment Plan here back in January '11. Was a great venue, not really a bad view in the house and acoustics were great.
    Jason Kyle · February 16, 2012
  • Ashley C.
    This is the best place to see a concert in DC, period. Wear comfortable shoes -- standing room only!
    Ashley Conway · May 31, 2010
  • Molly C.
    Great venue. If you don't feel like standing, balcony seating is an option, but fills up fast.
    Molly Cushing · August 16, 2014
  • Jordan R.
    When raining with long lines outside, wait and walk in at 815 totally dry and just push your way to the front.
    Jordan R. · April 22, 2012
  • Carolina E.
    This place is SO cozy. You really feel close to the stage and get an awesome experience.
    Carolina Escobar · January 31, 2015
  • Jeb G.
    After the show, the bar downstairs stays open. Good place to wait out the crowd. If only there was a tunnel from there to Ben's...
    Jeb Gavin · March 26, 2010
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