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Black Cat

Rock Club, Nightclub, and Bar
U-Street, Washington
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  • Peter C.
    "Party Lights, usually in the back room downstairs, is also fantastic"(9 Tips)
    Nicole M.
    "The dance parties in the backstage are the best"(4 Tips)
    AFAR Media
    "pinball or nosh on vegetarian"(3 Tips)
    gravity 5.
    "Food for Thought has great Vegan options!"(3 Tips)
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  • Rian
    RianAugust 18
    Been here 5+ times
    Cash-only, but the shows can be super fun!
  • Roxy K.
    Roxy KozhevnikovaMay 28
    Been here 25+ times
    One of my most favourite venues in D.C.
  • Anthony B.
    Anthony BeharryDecember 3, 2016
    DJ Dredd is awesome
  • Brandon N.
    Brandon NuckeltNovember 18, 2016
    Get here before the show for happy hour, and get a Jameson for 4 bucks!
  • Sophia H.
    Sophia HNovember 9, 2016
    80's theme party was nothing impressive, but good dancing floor and music. Very gay-friendly.
  • Chuq Y.
    Chuq YangAugust 1, 2015
    Great intimate venue!
  • Al C.
    Al CarrollJuly 27, 2015
    Take the train if possible because parking can take 30-40 minutes to find. Downstairs men's room is better than waiting in long lines at the upstairs one.
  • Tali A.
    Tali AvniJune 17, 2015
    One of the only good pinball spots in DC.
  • Jacob M.
    Jacob MooreMay 24, 2015
    The scene is what's good
  • Reaux P.
    Reaux PackardApril 26, 2015
    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.
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PlacenciaMarch 1, 2015
    Great for dancing. Very random in its events. Diverse nights.
  • Nushy S.
    Nushy SCFebruary 12, 2015
    Great bar, first class concerts, dance back room, theme parties, live music and food. One of the best places in DC.
  • Dave H.
    Dave HamelinkJanuary 23, 2015
    Make sure you bring the cash and don't show up late. But a ticket early and hang in the red room.
  • Alex D.
    Alex DobyanDecember 18, 2014
    Was here for a very solid deep house evening.
  • Elizabeth M.
    Elizabeth MitchellDecember 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I see white people
  • Yekaterina B.
    Yekaterina BelyayevaOctober 31, 2014
    Interesting selection of music on the jukeboxes. A lot of punk rock you can't find elsewhere
  • Trish T.
    Trish TheDishAugust 24, 2014
    Show was great and drinks were good. Will be back soon and so should you!
  • Courtney
    CourtneyAugust 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Live show! Throwing Shade!
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HigginsAugust 16, 2014
    Cool atmosphere and great place to catch some indie shows.
  • Chris D.
    Chris Du4August 8, 2014
    Awesome venue for bands.
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    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
  • Design*Sponge
    Design*SpongeAugust 3, 2014
    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
  • Michael H.
    Michael HornJuly 17, 2014
    http://www.blackcatdc.com/shows/pinback.html
  • Herman A.
    Herman AbinetteJune 28, 2014
    Love the back room, but the big room is good, too
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicApril 20, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    They use Ticketfly now, not Ticket Alternative.
  • Tatiana V.
    This is the worst place in DC. Disrespect.
  • John P.
    John PenningMarch 17, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • Marco K.
    Marco KMarch 5, 2014
    Amazing gig by Public Service Broadcasting last night
  • Herman A.
    Herman AbinetteFebruary 25, 2014
    Always a good time!
  • Nicole M.
    Nicole MorrisFebruary 15, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    The dance parties in the backstage are the best
  • John P.
    John PorterFebruary 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Where am I?
  • Víctor S.
    Víctor SanchoJanuary 26, 2014
    Awesome music venue, awful gin&tonic
  • Brian C.
    Brian CooperJanuary 24, 2014
    It was awesome but pee first.
  • Sydney R.
    Sydney RamgolamJanuary 7, 2014
    Don't get here early. They won't let you in. Or get there early and drink next door haha
  • Wil W.
    Wil WNovember 24, 2013
    DJ Rich Morel was burning the turntables tonight at The Backstaget. Mixture of club music genres. New fan!
  • 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
  • Everton B.
    Everton BatistaSeptember 21, 2013
    Great music fun environment. Eclectic fun crowd!
  • Dennis S.
    Dennis ShahAugust 31, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    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!
  • Julia S.
    Julia StrachanJuly 26, 2013
    Doctor Who Happy Hour every Friday @ 7pm
  • Eduardo
    EduardoJune 2, 2013
    bring cash
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WisemanMay 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Black Cat Black Cat. Little change for the hooooomeless
  • 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
  • Veronica M.
    Veronica MaganMay 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Awesome Depeche Mode dance party!!!!
  • BROADS
    BROADSApril 30, 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!
  • Bruno G.
    Bruno GuyFebruary 24, 2013
    Cash bar only.. bring cash
  • Angela M.
    Angela MarinoFebruary 15, 2013
    Cash only bar in the red room
  • James D.
    James DemacekDecember 2, 2012
    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.
  • Kathy S.
    Kathy SaundersNovember 24, 2012
    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.
  • Michael G.
    Michael GoldmanNovember 12, 2012
    If you've been drinking, be careful climbing to the seating area in the back. The stairs are kind of steep.
  • Jim R.
    Jim RolloOctober 22, 2012
    Food was very good, grab a table at the back on the riser for a great view of the evening.
  • Cozmik
    CozmikAugust 5, 2012
    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 ;-)
  • Tara U.
    Tara UrsoMay 18, 2012
    Beware of jingly drink thief!
  • Yvette V.
    Yvette VartanianMay 10, 2012
    If you're not here, you're missing out
  • Kate
    KateMay 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Ararara
    ArararaApril 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    My favorite music venue and great place to meet bands after the show by the merch table or by the side of the mainstage!
  • Levi R.
    Levi RokeyApril 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • D W.
    D WFebruary 24, 2012
    $4 PBR... nuff said.
  • Ararara
    ArararaJanuary 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Use the coat check for only $3, but the line is really long after the show to get the coats back. Be ready to wait for a little.
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WisemanJanuary 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Black Cat, Black Cat! Little change for the hoooomeless
  • Catherine L.
    Catherine LewisDecember 30, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Ear plugs are 50 cents a pair in the red room.
  • Metro Weekly
    Metro WeeklyDecember 17, 2011
    Great stuf coming up at the Black Cat, one of the hippest venues in town.
  • Cristian L.
    Cristian LozaDecember 17, 2011
    Cash only bar??.. The fuck? Thought this was 2011.. Not 1996.
  • Metro Weekly
    Metro WeeklyDecember 11, 2011
    Every Saturday night, Black Cat screens an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer downstairs for free. They call it Hellmouth Happy Hour. Read more
  • David H.
    David HughesDecember 8, 2011
    Black Cat, Black Cat! A little change for the homeless! Black Cat.
  • Washington Blade
    Washington BladeNovember 18, 2011
    Gay/Bash!, a “queer night of rock and pop gems” free event with DJ Joshua Friday 9:30 p.m. Read more
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagNovember 8, 2011
    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.
  • Grace M.
    Grace MarkarianNovember 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Drink specials are Vodka Sunrise or Bloody Mary for $5!
  • Washington Blade
    Washington BladeOctober 14, 2011
    Mixtape D.C. Sat 9:30 - 2:15 dance party for queer music lovers feat. DJs Shea Van Horn & Matt Bailer's eclectic mix of electro, alt-pop, indie rock, house, disco & new wave. All ages $10 Read more
  • Grace M.
    Grace MarkarianOctober 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Enjoy an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer every Saturday at 7:30 pm. The drink special is the Bloody Mary, natch.
  • Lisa J.
    Lisa JohnsonSeptember 5, 2011
    Go here to check out new bands, u might just find a new favorite. Ladies, check out the pink leopard bathroom stalls, rawr!
  • Elise J.
    Elise JohnsonSeptember 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Ladies, use the bathroom downstairs (or wait forever to use the one upstairs)
  • gravity 5.
    gravity 508August 30, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Food for Thought has great Vegan options! But if you like meat get the three cheese lasagna!
  • Gloria E.
    Gloria ElizabethAugust 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    make sure you attend at least one cryfest... (Smiths vs. The Cure) all night
  • K C.
    K CAugust 15, 2011
    My fave venue, I'm more likely to go To a show here than anywhere else :)
  • Washington Blade
    Washington BladeAugust 11, 2011
    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!
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealJune 19, 2011
    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 Feast
    The FeastJune 9, 2011
    The indie-rock temple features two stages, the larger main room (upstairs) and Backstage downstairs, where you can catch up-and-comers.
  • Roc Nation
    Roc NationJune 8, 2011
    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.
  • 👨 G.
    👨 Gombz.April 26, 2011
    Drink $4 dollar PBR Tall Boys while sporting your deep-v and finely manicured mustache. People will believe you are the real thing.
  • Ana
    AnaApril 24, 2011
    The stage is so low, you can't really see anything unless you're right in the front. It's like someone's basement.
  • Daniel C.
    Daniel CorleApril 18, 2011
    Bells amber-yum
  • amandarants
    amandarantsApril 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you spend too much time here, you'll probably dance with me. I am an excellent dancer.
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WisemanApril 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the pad thai
  • devon r.
    devon roseApril 9, 2011
    miller lite > bud lite
  • OurStage
    OurStageApril 7, 2011
    Great place to play with a huge backstage area in the basement for bands.
  • Danny K.
    Danny KrausMarch 22, 2011
    Come early.
  • Jake M.
    Jake MillerMarch 8, 2011
    Try a pint of the woodchuck
  • Emanuella M.
    Emanuella MariaDecember 22, 2010
    Great music. Cash only. No cider downstairs.
  • NightScene
    NightSceneDecember 6, 2010
    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
  • Vashti J.
    Vashti JNovember 28, 2010
    I loved dancing in the back room. Laid back atmosphere and awesome bartenders
  • Mazda
    MazdaOctober 27, 2010
    Among the first bands to play were the Fall, Rancid, Morphine, Stereolab, Slant 6 and 9353.
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveOctober 17, 2010
    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.
  • Billy M.
    Billy MiltenbergOctober 15, 2010
    Favorite venue in DC. Fact!
  • Jade A.
    Jade AldrighetteOctober 1, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    I love Black Cat with all my heart
  • Derrick D.
    Derrick DailySeptember 29, 2010
    The best small music venue I've ever been to. Period.
  • Justin l.
    Justin leeSeptember 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Bring cash if you want to Drink, cash bar :(
  • Aaron C.
    Aaron CaunterAugust 15, 2010
    Not worth the money and the people are obnoxious.
  • Uncle Q.
    Uncle QuillisJuly 20, 2010
    Every 3rd Friday of the month see DJ Dredd spin Classic Old School Hip Hop!
  • Kim S.
    Kim ShriverMay 4, 2010
    The Wag. Most Excellent.1st Saturday every month/backstage
  • Ellie M.
    Ellie MoondogApril 17, 2010
    Yummy VEGAN lasagna! A couple of comfy pleather couches and tables so, unlike most venues, you don't HAVE to stand the whole time the band plays (though you can).
  • Rapiszal R.
    Rapiszal RusliMarch 2, 2016
    dj kat sini hebat hebat lah
  • Rapiszal R.
    Rapiszal RusliMarch 2, 2016
    konsert anak muda kat sini
  • Arlene H.
    Arlene HerreraAugust 30, 2015
    Ni el restaurante ni el bar aceptan tarjetas, trae efectivo!
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