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9:30 Club

9:30 Club

Music Venue, Rock Club, and Bar
U-Street, Washington
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  • 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.
  • - B.
    - BossiFebruary 17, 2011
    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.
  • 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
  • Cozmik
    CozmikFebruary 2, 2013
    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....
  • 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
  • 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.
  • R.A. S.
    R.A. SinnersDecember 31, 2012
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • 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!).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kristine U.
    Kristine UntalanMay 10, 2011
    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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Matt F.
    Matt FriedmanSeptember 14, 2011
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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!!!!!!
  • Blair M.
    Blair MJanuary 18, 2012
    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.
  • 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/
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Jaime W.
    Jaime WojdowskiSeptember 23, 2014
    Get here early to get one of the very limited cupcakes they have each night! You will NEVER regret it!
  • Kimberly M.
    Kimberly MeyerSeptember 17, 2011
    Check out the 90s party that happens "occasionally..." It's a BLAST, particularly if you're old enough to remember all the music!
  • 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.
  • Soundproofblog
    SoundproofblogJanuary 28, 2011
    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
  • 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!
  • B
    BAugust 7, 2015
    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.
  • Andrew N.
    Andrew NazdinDecember 27, 2012
    Write nice things on their wall and MAYBE, just maybe - they will give you free tickets to the 1/14 Purity Ring show...
  • Ashley C.
    Ashley ConwayMay 31, 2010
    This is the best place to see a concert in DC, period. Wear comfortable shoes -- standing room only!
  • Carolina E.
    Carolina EscobarJanuary 31, 2015
    This place is SO cozy. You really feel close to the stage and get an awesome experience.
  • 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.
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