Black Cat

1811 14th St NW (btwn Swann & S St NW), Washington, D.C. 20009, United States
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  • Today
    • 8:00 PM–Midnight
  • Thu
    • 8:00 PM–Midnight
  • Fri–Sat
    • 7:00 PM–2:00 AM
  • Sun
    • 8:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 8:00 PM–1:00 AM
  • Tue
    • 8:00 PM–11:00 PM
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  • Mazda

    Among the first bands to play were the Fall, Rancid, Morphine, Stereolab, Slant 6 and 9353.

    Mazda · October 27, 2010
  • Victor Z.

    If you're at a main stage and the bar's packed, get your drinks downstairs in the red room.

    Victor Z · June 2, 2009
  • Clayton W.

    cash only.. but they have 2 ATMs

    Clayton Williams · October 25, 2009
  • The Daily Meal

    As one of the mainstays of the D.C. live music scene, the Black Cat is also known for its inventive themed dance nights, from vintage hip hop to a “queer night” of rock and pop. Read more

    The Daily Meal · June 19, 2011
  • Men's Health Mag

    Forget the kids dancing in the boom boom room. Find a seat tucked back in the Red Room. The bar's well stocked, and they serve health food until 2 a.m. Better for that future hangover of yours.

    Men's Health Mag · November 8, 2011
  • Ticket Alternative

    Tickets for all shows at The Black Cat are available from Read more

    Ticket Alternative · April 1, 2010
  • NightScene

    this cash only dive bar, has a great punk sub culture feel, and has a very friendly hipster atmosphere. chill in the 'red room' and go crazy in the concert room. hipster haters beware

    NightScene · December 6, 2010
  • Jade A.

    I love Black Cat with all my heart

    Jade Aldrighette · October 1, 2010
  • Carrie E.

    Food for Thought has the cheapest and some of the tastiest vegan food in the city. A must.

    Carrie Epps · March 9, 2010
  • Pierce M.

    Be extra nice to the cranky yet attractive staff for good service.

    Pierce McLain · April 16, 2010
  • Vashti J.

    I loved dancing in the back room. Laid back atmosphere and awesome bartenders

    Vashti J · November 28, 2010
  • gravity 5.

    Food for Thought has great Vegan options! But if you like meat get the three cheese lasagna!

    gravity 508 · August 30, 2011
  • The Feast

    The indie-rock temple features two stages, the larger main room (upstairs) and Backstage downstairs, where you can catch up-and-comers.

    The Feast · June 9, 2011
  • GourmetLive

    In keeping with Ferrando’s longstanding philosophy of using minimally processed ingredients & top-quality meat, the menu includes flame-grilled mahi mahi, taco salad & a first rate 3-cheese lasagne.

    GourmetLive · October 17, 2010
  • Metro Weekly

    Every Saturday night, Black Cat screens an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer downstairs for free. They call it Hellmouth Happy Hour. Read more

    Metro Weekly · December 11, 2011
  • Billy M.

    Favorite venue in DC. Fact!

    Billy Miltenberg · October 15, 2010
  • David H.

    Black Cat, Black Cat! A little change for the homeless! Black Cat.

    David Hughes · December 8, 2011
  • Roc Nation

    Jack-of-all-trades, Black Cat has something for everyone. When there isn’t a show, the jukebox plays timeless tracks. When there is a show, go downstairs for a close encounter with local bands.

    Roc Nation · June 8, 2011
  • Levi R.

    If you're here for a concert than shut your stupid mouth while they're playing. Otherwise may the Gods of Zeus splash your face with cheap, rancid beer.

    Levi Rokey · April 3, 2012
  • Catherine L.

    Ear plugs are 50 cents a pair in the red room.

    Catherine Lewis · December 30, 2011
  • Elise J.

    Ladies, use the bathroom downstairs (or wait forever to use the one upstairs)

    Elise Johnson · September 5, 2011
  • Richard R.

    Get there early so you can actually hear your jukebox picks.

    Richard Ranallo · January 16, 2010
  • Andrew W.

    Black Cat Black Cat. Little change for the hooooomeless

    Andrew Wiseman · May 19, 2013
  • Metro Weekly

    Great stuf coming up at the Black Cat, one of the hippest venues in town.

    Metro Weekly · December 17, 2011
  • Washington Blade

    Check out Right Round, an ‘80s alt-pop dance night with DJ lil’e, backstage Friday at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $7. Cash only!

    Washington Blade · August 11, 2011
  • Justin l.

    Bring cash if you want to Drink, cash bar :(

    Justin lee · September 24, 2010
  • Kim S.

    The Wag. Most Excellent.1st Saturday every month/backstage

    Kim Shriver · May 4, 2010
  • John P.

    Where am I?

    John Porter · February 2, 2014
  • 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

    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
  • Andrew W.

    Black Cat, Black Cat! Little change for the hoooomeless

    Andrew Wiseman · January 5, 2012
  • Cristian L.

    Cash only bar??.. The fuck? Thought this was 2011.. Not 1996.

    Cristian Loza · December 17, 2011
  • Gloria E.

    make sure you attend at least one cryfest... (Smiths vs. The Cure) all night

    Gloria Elizabeth · August 25, 2011
  • amandarants

    If you spend too much time here, you'll probably dance with me. I am an excellent dancer.

    amandarants · April 17, 2011
  • devon r.

    miller lite > bud lite

    devon rose · April 9, 2011
  • Derrick D.

    The best small music venue I've ever been to. Period.

    Derrick Daily · September 29, 2010
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • D W.

    $4 PBR... nuff said.

    D W · February 24, 2012
  • Grace M.

    Enjoy an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer every Saturday at 7:30 pm. The drink special is the Bloody Mary, natch.

    Grace Markarian · October 8, 2011
  • Lisa J.

    Go here to check out new bands, u might just find a new favorite. Ladies, check out the pink leopard bathroom stalls, rawr!

    Lisa Johnson · September 5, 2011
  • Keeley C.

    My fave venue, I'm more likely to go To a show here than anywhere else :)

    Keeley Connelly · August 15, 2011
  • Ticket Alternative

    Download Black Cats's free iPhone app, available on the app store. Advance tickets for all shows are available from

    Ticket Alternative · August 7, 2011
  • Ana

    The stage is so low, you can't really see anything unless you're right in the front. It's like someone's basement.

    Ana · April 24, 2011
  • Danny K.

    Come early.

    Danny Kraus · March 22, 2011
  • Emanuella M.

    Great music. Cash only. No cider downstairs.

    Emanuella Maria · December 22, 2010

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