Black Cat

Rock Club, Nightclub, and Bar
1811 14th St NW (btwn Swann & S St NW), Washington, D.C. 20009, United States
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  • Today
    • 8:00 PM–1:00 AM
  • Tue
    • 8:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Wed–Thu
    • 8:00 PM–Midnight
  • Fri–Sat
    • 7:00 PM–2:00 AM
  • Sun
    • 8:00 PM–11:00 PM
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
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Based on 374 votes

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  • What you need to know
    Nicole M.
    "The dance parties in the backstage are the best"(4 Tips)
    Metro Weekly
    "Black Cat screens an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer downstairs"(4 Tips)
    Richard R.
    "Get there early so you can actually hear your jukebox picks."(7 Tips)
    AFAR Media
    "pinball or nosh on vegetarian"(3 Tips)
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  • dancing
  • backstage
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  • jukebox
  • episode of buffy
  • happy hour
  • DJs
  • pinball
  • Pabst Blue Ribbon
  • hipster
  • vegan food
  • burlesque
  • pool tables
  • karaoke
  • casual
  • pad Thai
  • lasagna
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  • pizza
  • Tali A.

    One of the only good pinball spots in DC.

    Tali Avni · 2 weeks ago
  • Jacob M.

    The scene is what's good

    Jacob Moore · May 24
  • Robert P.

    It's a nice, kitschy venue for small bands. Everything is cash only inside, but they do have ATMs. That said, DO NOT waste money on their food downstairs. It's microwaved in front of you and subpar.

    Robert Packard · April 26
  • Jessica P.

    Great for dancing. Very random in its events. Diverse nights.

  • Nushy S.

    Great bar, first class concerts, dance back room, theme parties, live music and food. One of the best places in DC.

    Nushy SC · February 12
  • Dave H.

    Make sure you bring the cash and don't show up late. But a ticket early and hang in the red room.

    Dave Hamelink · January 23
  • Alex D.

    Was here for a very solid deep house evening.

    Alex Dobyan · December 18, 2014
  • Elizabeth M.

    I see white people

    Elizabeth Mitchell · December 7, 2014
  • Yekaterina B.

    Interesting selection of music on the jukeboxes. A lot of punk rock you can't find elsewhere

    Yekaterina Belyayeva · October 31, 2014
  • Trish T.

    Show was great and drinks were good. Will be back soon and so should you!

    Trish TheDish · August 24, 2014
  • Courtney

    Live show! Throwing Shade!

    Courtney · August 17, 2014
  • Joshua H.

    Cool atmosphere and great place to catch some indie shows.

    Joshua Higgins · August 16, 2014
  • Chris D.

    Awesome venue for bands.

    Chris Du4 · August 8, 2014
  • AFAR Media

    Take a break from the loud music and dancing by relaxing in the Red Room with fully stocked bar, pool, and pinball or nosh on vegetarian and vegan-friendly delights at the Food for Thought Café. Read more

    AFAR Media · August 4, 2014
  • Design*Sponge

    Practically around the corner from the 9:30 Club this equally amazing music experience offers DC the best of local, national and international indie and alternative music. Read more

    Design*Sponge · August 3, 2014
  • Michael H.

    Pinback is totally worth getting into and seeing on 9/11/14 at the Black Cat Read more

    Michael Horn · July 17, 2014
  • Michael H.

    Michael Horn · July 17, 2014
  • Herman A.

    Love the back room, but the big room is good, too

    Herman Abinette · June 28, 2014
  • Allison K.

    They use Ticketfly now, not Ticket Alternative.

    Allison Kasic · April 20, 2014
  • Tatiana V.

    This is the worst place in DC. Disrespect.

    Tatiana Van campenhout · March 30, 2014
  • John P.

    Don't go to the Red Room. Go to El Centro or Masa 14 instead. They're way better. I repeat: do not hang out in the Red Room with its awesome bartenders, couches and great jukebox.

    John Penning · March 17, 2014
  • Marco K.

    Amazing gig by Public Service Broadcasting last night

    Marco K · March 5, 2014
  • Herman A.

    Always a good time!

    Herman Abinette · February 25, 2014
  • Nicole M.

    The dance parties in the backstage are the best

    Nicole Morris · February 15, 2014
  • John P.

    Where am I?

    John Porter · February 2, 2014
  • Víctor S.

    Awesome music venue, awful gin&tonic

    Víctor Sancho · January 26, 2014
  • Brian C.

    It was awesome but pee first.

    Brian Cooper · January 24, 2014
  • Sydney R.

    Don't get here early. They won't let you in. Or get there early and drink next door haha

    Sydney Ramgolam · January 7, 2014
  • Wil W.

    DJ Rich Morel was burning the turntables tonight at The Backstaget. Mixture of club music genres. New fan!

    Wil W · November 24, 2013
  • dancingqueen f.

    redroom = backbar, 80s, depeche mode vs cure vs smiths vs morrisey, blisspop former home, djs, bands, rock, death, metal, pop, emo, all of the above, seth my fave arnold! jukebox...dive! <3 pass out

    dancingqueen fAMed ca events · October 9, 2013
  • Everton B.

    Great music fun environment. Eclectic fun crowd!

    Everton Batista · September 21, 2013
  • Dennis S.

    If you ever see Punk Rock Karaoke on the schedule, ATTEND THAT EVENT! Not only is the event itself a blast, but all proceeds go toward progressive causes!

    Dennis Shah · August 31, 2013
  • Julia S.

    Doctor Who Happy Hour every Friday @ 7pm

    Julia Strachan · July 26, 2013

    A welcome change from the usual DC nightlife scene. We love coming here for the laidback, rocker vibes. Read more · July 1, 2013
  • Eduardo

    bring cash

    Eduardo · June 2, 2013
  • Andrew W.

    Black Cat Black Cat. Little change for the hooooomeless

    Andrew Wiseman · May 19, 2013
  • Peter C.

    My musical go-to spot in DC for the Cure vs. Smiths, Depeche Mode and Duran Duran/New Order nights alone. Party Lights, usually in the back room downstairs, is also fantastic

    Peter Charbonneau · May 6, 2013
  • Veronica M.

    Awesome Depeche Mode dance party!!!!

    Veronica Magan · May 5, 2013

    The Red Room bar is one of our favorite Happy Hour spots, with an assortment of craft-brews, a pool table, jukebox and pinball machine hang out enough and it will feel like an episode of Cheers!

    BROADS · April 30, 2013
  • Bruno G.

    Cash bar only.. bring cash

    Bruno Guy · February 24, 2013
  • Angela M.

    Cash only bar in the red room

    Angela Marino · February 15, 2013
  • James D.

    White Rabbits put on an amazing show! But the sound mixing on the opening act "Guard" was completely hosed; the drummer overrode the rest of the band and the vocals were incomprehensible.

    James Demacek · December 2, 2012
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    This is the place to see the next big thing! Grab tickets at Read more

    Ticket Alternative · November 27, 2012
  • Kathy S.

    Best place to see your bands up close-- elevated floorboards near the right wall. Tho, Mr. chubby, diva, bartender there is a poop, bet on the left bar pre show for attentive service. 'laxin. B.C<3.

    Kathy Saunders · November 24, 2012
  • Michael G.

    If you've been drinking, be careful climbing to the seating area in the back. The stairs are kind of steep.

    Michael Goldman · November 12, 2012
  • Jim R.

    Food was very good, grab a table at the back on the riser for a great view of the evening.

    Jim Rollo · October 22, 2012
  • Cozmik

    I shoot some great bands here. Must make it a point to hang outside of work like I used to back in my 20s - and the food is way better now ;-)

    Cozmik · August 5, 2012
  • Tara U.

    Beware of jingly drink thief!

    Tara Urso · May 18, 2012
  • Yvette V.

    If you're not here, you're missing out

    Yvette Vartanian · May 10, 2012
  • Kate

    Bring enough five dollar bills and quarters to drink PBR tall boys, play the velvet underground on the jukebox and shoot pool all night long.

    Kate · May 7, 2012

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