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9:30 Club

9:30 Club

Music Venue, Rock Club, and Bar
U-Street, Washington
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  • Go here. Experience the concerts. It's worth it.
  • Carolina E.
    "You really feel close to the stage and get an awesome experience."(10 Tips)
    Pearl A.
    "Get there early to get a good seat on the 2nd floor balcony!"(12 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
    Of A RevolutionFebruary 29, 2012
    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.
  • Design*Sponge
    Design*SpongeAugust 3, 2014
    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
  • Daniya T.
    Daniya TamendarovaDecember 29, 2013
    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
  • R.A. S.
    R.A. SinnersDecember 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Al C.
    Al CarrollJuly 27, 2015
    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.
  • Lauren R.
    Lauren RossettoAugust 9, 2012
    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!
  • - B.
    - BossiFebruary 17, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • Brad Z.
    Brad ZickafooseOctober 23, 2014
    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.
  • Javien D.
    Javien DawsonOctober 31, 2016
    Went to see LANY & Transviolet here. Great show. There is a room where you can view all of the records and cds of artists who have performed there. They also have non-alcoholic beer
  • Helena N.
    Helena NacinovicMay 17, 2012
    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.
  • Mike A.
    Mike AlvaradoDecember 11, 2014
    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.
  • Melissa G.
    Melissa GoodnightDecember 21, 2016
    Really cool place for a show. Try to get there early for the upstairs stools. Overall, very fun! Bathrooms were also very clean (at least early on).
  • Worthy Sheep
    Worthy SheepJuly 1, 2012
    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.
  • M Squared Real Estate
    M Squared Real EstateSeptember 6, 2011
    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.
  • travel42
    travel42August 3, 2011
    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!).
  • Ben
    BenAugust 8, 2014
    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.
  • Rajkamal Sandhu®
    Rajkamal Sandhu®December 9, 2013
    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...
  • Cupcake Crusaders
    Cupcake CrusadersMarch 20, 2013
    Did you know that the 9:30 Club carries cupcakes from Buzz Bakery? They do! Check out our review: http://cupcakecrusaders.com/2013/03/20/rockin-the-930-club-cupcakes/
  • Mazda
    MazdaOctober 25, 2010
    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.
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostSeptember 11, 2013
    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
  • Matt F.
    Matt FriedmanSeptember 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Jenny S.
    Jenny SlaughterAugust 18, 2010
    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.
  • Kristine U.
    Kristine UntalanMay 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    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!
  • Blair M.
    Blair MJanuary 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WetzelFebruary 25, 2012
    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.
  • Mike
    MikeOctober 18, 2011
    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".
  • Matt D.
    Matt DickerDecember 24, 2013
    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.
  • Brightest Young Things
    Brightest Young ThingsOctober 27, 2010
    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.
  • VH1
    VH1July 22, 2010
    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
  • Jaime W.
    Jaime WojdowskiSeptember 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get here early to get one of the very limited cupcakes they have each night! You will NEVER regret it!
  • Scoutmob
    ScoutmobNovember 28, 2011
    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.
  • Cozmik
    CozmikFebruary 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    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....
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 9, 2011
    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.
  • David K.
    David KingMay 25, 2013
    Contrary to most reviews they did indeed have seats for the Chris Hardwick comedy show. Still first come first serve for the best seats.
  • Pearl A.
    Pearl AOctober 8, 2012
    Get there early to get a good seat on the 2nd floor balcony! Such a great view for concerts!
  • Carolina E.
    Carolina EscobarJanuary 31, 2015
    This place is SO cozy. You really feel close to the stage and get an awesome experience.
  • Jason K.
    Jason KyleFebruary 16, 2012
    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.
  • Matt P.
    Matt PenniniAugust 16, 2010
    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.
  • Christopher P.
    Christopher PopovJuly 6, 2016
    Wonderful venue with great sound. It's easy to let the music carry you away at this hip heaven of superb music
  • B
    BAugust 7, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    I love going to concerts here! Good beer selections. All the good artists. Convenient location.
  • Molly C.
    Molly CushingAugust 16, 2014
    Great venue. If you don't feel like standing, balcony seating is an option, but fills up fast.
  • Jennifer K.
    Jennifer KeeneMay 19, 2011
    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.
  • 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.
  • Yianni K.
    Yianni KonstantopoulosOctober 8, 2010
    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!
  • Andrew N.
    Andrew NazdinDecember 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Write nice things on their wall and MAYBE, just maybe - they will give you free tickets to the 1/14 Purity Ring show...
  • Maggie M.
    Maggie MacGOctober 24, 2014
    Still a great venue. Not too big so there are no bad seats in the house.
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PlacenciaJanuary 5, 2015
    Huge venue, floor can get kind of crazy and crowded but good shows always happening here
  • John T.
    John TaylorMay 13, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Try to get a spot leaning on/standing in front of the balcony facing the stage. Perfect view and sound.
  • Kerrie P.
    Kerrie PateApril 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Go downstairs to the backstage bar to get a drink before the show to avoid the crowd.
  • Kristin S.
    Kristin St. JohnNovember 23, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The basement bar rocks! If you get there early enough, definitely check it out.
  • Paul
    PaulNovember 8, 2014
    One of my favorite places on the planet. Gotta come early to get a good spot.
  • Jacob N.
    Jacob NicholsAugust 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The best indoor venue I have ever been to. Very intimate and not a bad spot in the place.
  • JB F.
    JB FabyNovember 15, 2011
    Really awesome music venues with a good mix of bands coming in, known or less known.
  • Kevin K.
    Kevin KestlerOctober 29, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great, intimate concert venue.
  • Heather W.
    Heather WeyforthOctober 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Always visit the backbar before the doors open. Also, try the house beer!
  • Teri R.
    Teri RushkaMay 13, 2013
    Great venue and great crowd. For my Philly friends, imagine a cross between UT and World Cafe Live (downstairs)
  • Harley Q.
    Harley QuinnFebruary 28, 2011
    If you are feeling energenic, work your way to the middle of the floor and join in the mosh. Lots of jumping and bumping.
  • Brian W.
    Brian WellsJune 9, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    If you want quick drinks, head to the downstairs bar. It's way quieter, and the service is great!
  • Chris Ann M.
    Chris Ann MatteoAugust 9, 2013
    Parking here is easier than you think! Buy parking with TicketFly. Lot is just north of the club (behind the building) on 9th Street
  • Kristen M.
    Kristen MentastiMay 12, 2013
    Awesome and intimate concert venue. Brings hot talent.
  • Soundproofblog
    SoundproofblogJanuary 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    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
  • Shawn R.
    Shawn RiderJuly 26, 2009
    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.
  • Brent B.
    Brent BovenziNovember 27, 2014
    Great music! Down front for the action or up top to just chill.
  • Amanda B.
    Amanda BooneApril 6, 2012
    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!!!!!!
  • EmmeGirls M.
    EmmeGirls ModelsMarch 22, 2011
    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
  • Garrett C.
    Garrett ClayJuly 11, 2011
    One of the hottest venue's around, great idea to check their shows online, and go see one. Read more
  • Eloise T.
    Eloise TweetsAugust 24, 2016
    Some of the best shows... Use your rewards card and get tons of points
  • Ata Can B.
    Ata Can BertayNovember 1, 2016
    Main show starts around 9! Don't forget to bring your earplugs!
  • Matthew J.
    Matthew JordanMarch 30, 2016
    Here is a fun video of the neighborhood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmd15ZQd_Vc
  • Stephani S.
    Stephani SOctober 14, 2010
    One of the best music venues in D.C. I saw Lupe Fiasco and VV Brown here. Standing room only so wear flats!
  • Stacey
    StaceyDecember 21, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Getting tickets from the box office directly is way cheaper - no fees!
  • Jordan R.
    Jordan R.April 22, 2012
    When raining with long lines outside, wait and walk in at 815 totally dry and just push your way to the front.
  • OurStage
    OurStageApril 7, 2011
    About 1,000 times bigger than the original 9:30, but great site lines and free cupcakes backstage if you're lucky.
  • Nicole K.
    Nicole KyleAugust 8, 2014
    Upstairs is great if you can stake out a spot by the railing.
  • Stacey M.
    Stacey MillerNovember 23, 2010
    Get there early to not have to fight your way through the crowd to the front of the stage. Pre-bands are always good.
  • Ashley C.
    Ashley ConwayMay 31, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    This is the best place to see a concert in DC, period. Wear comfortable shoes -- standing room only!
  • Christina
    ChristinaSeptember 25, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the chicken quesadilla! They use a whole wheat tortilla and it comes with salsa and sour cream.
  • Matthew P.
    Matthew PimmMay 13, 2013
    Best spot...1st level balcony (center)
  • Jessica F.
    Jessica ForresterJuly 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Grab a spot on the balcony early- You'll have room to move AND be able to see.
  • Emily T.
    Emily TylerMay 16, 2014
    Dance yourself clean (or nod/sway if that's more your style
  • Terence R.
    Terence RoseJune 10, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Get there early to get to the front of the stage.
  • Mike R.
    Mike RoxasFebruary 21, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Stop by to visit the venue. Best place to see live music! Run by some great people and staff! Read more
  • Mary B.
    Mary BrunelleDecember 13, 2011
    It was a great place to be at the back bar before the show:>)...even a no show:>)
  • Brian G.
    Brian GrunerJanuary 24, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    It's billboard's #1 club in america for a reason, folks. go there!
  • Joe G.
    Joe GizziSeptember 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best concert venue in DC.
  • Kevin H.
    Kevin HarberNovember 24, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    Get there early, hit the coffee bar upstairs and try one of the chocolate cupcakes ($3). Your mouth will thank you afterward.
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle CharlesFebruary 1, 2015
    Always amazing groups! Years of love. Thanks 930 club!
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HigginsApril 28, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Best concert venue in DC.
  • Kathryn C.
    Kathryn CJanuary 1, 2015
    Surprisingly extensive and good food menu.
  • Ben L.
    Ben LaMasterOctober 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Stand in the middle of the horse shoe upstairs for the best view and sound
  • Jordan R.
    Jordan R.April 22, 2012
    On a chilly night, it is recommended to have a sun burn to survive long lines outside.
  • John S.
    John SchubelMay 14, 2016
    Make sure that there isn't another show playing the same night. If so, verify the time- 9:30 isn't ALWAYS 9:30
  • Gina
    GinaAugust 7, 2010
    Best venue for die-hard fans - up close and personal. *Gogol Bordello* on the 1st weekend in January!
  • Humberto M.
    Humberto MartinezJanuary 17, 2012
    The coat check downstairs is for dummies: there are two more upstairs
  • Sam R.
    Sam RendersFebruary 3
    Played here recently, amazing venue
  • Pai J.
    Pai Jr.October 7, 2010
    Great spot for shows....get there early to get in front!
  • Aaron W.
    Aaron WertliebJanuary 11, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Been there since the inception. Like home
  • diane q.
    diane quereyApril 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Best place to see livemusic
  • Claire
    ClaireNovember 15, 2011
    Tip the merch guys, they really appreciate it!
  • Jack A.
    Jack AndryszakJune 30, 2011
    I love this venue. Was last there for Dark Star Orchestra. Great show. Jack
  • Tlacique K.
    Tlacique KinöAugust 7, 2014
    que bueeeen concierto y muy buenas cervezas
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