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Black Cat

Rock Club, Nightclub, and Bar
U-Street, Washington
  • 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)
105 Tips and reviews
  • dancing
  • concerts
  • backstage
  • downstairs
  • jukebox
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  • 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.
    Upvoted Jul 7
  • 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
  • Robert P.
    Robert 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.
    Upvoted Jul 7
  • Alex D.
    Alex DobyanDecember 18, 2014
    Was here for a very solid deep house evening.
  • Elizabeth M.
    Elizabeth MitchellDecember 7, 2014
    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
    Upvoted Jul 7
  • 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
    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
    Upvoted Jul 7
  • 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
  • Herman A.
    Herman AbinetteJune 28, 2014
    Love the back room, but the big room is good, too
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicApril 20, 2014
    They use Ticketfly now, not Ticket Alternative.
  • Tatiana V.
    This is the worst place in DC. Disrespect.
  • John P.
    John PenningMarch 17, 2014
    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
    The dance parties in the backstage are the best
  • John P.
    John PorterFebruary 2, 2014
    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
    Upvoted Jul 7
  • 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
    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!
    Upvoted Jul 7
  • Julia S.
    Julia StrachanJuly 26, 2013
    Doctor Who Happy Hour every Friday @ 7pm
    A welcome change from the usual DC nightlife scene. We love coming here for the laidback, rocker vibes. Read more
  • Eduardo
    EduardoJune 2, 2013
    bring cash
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WisemanMay 19, 2013
    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
    Upvoted Jul 7
  • Veronica M.
    Veronica MaganMay 5, 2013
    Awesome Depeche Mode dance party!!!!
    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
    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.
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