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Black Cat
Night Club$$
Today 5:00 pm – 3:00 am
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1811 14th St NW Washington, DC 20009
1811 14th Street NorthwestUSDistrict of ColumbiaWashington20009
$$Night Club, Bar
Night Club
Live Music Venue
Today 5:00 pm – 3:00 am
Monday 5:00 pm – 2:00 amTuesday 5:00 pm – 2:00 amWednesday 5:00 pm – 2:00 amThursday 5:00 pm – 2:00 amFriday 5:00 pm – 3:00 amSaturday 5:00 pm – 3:00 amSunday 5:00 pm – 12:00 am, 7:00 pm – 2:00 am
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Multilevel spot serves as a bar & cafe with vegan options & indie/rock/alternative live-music venue.- Google
"Cool, intimate music venue."
"Fair prices at the cash-only bar."
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Jordan Wilhelmi
9 months ago
Another cool DC music venue in the heart of one of the best city blocks in the District. Cash-only bar makes for a small inconvenience, but another cool dive bar vibe with great management.
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Ron Mecredy
10 months ago
First of all its about the music and artists and Black Cat delivers. The prices are great if you are fast enough. Let's call it city rustic and nice to see the bathrooms were renovated recently. I haven't eaten here yet but the staff is friendly.
JC Kollmorgen
11 months ago
Great venue with a cool vibe. I like that there are two bars so it's never very hard to get a drink. They also have water jugs to you can get water without having to bother the bartender. There is some seating in the back if you want to rest your feet. They blasted the air conditioning while I was there for a show so it was really cold even with the amount of people in the room.
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Chris Suspect
a year ago
This place filled a niche back in 1992 when it opened. DC had few clubs and those that existed catered to national acts. Black Cat opened up a venue for local bands, both established and emerging, with their two stages. Over the years it got to be more popular with touring bands, and now those acts primarily play on the main stage. Still, many local bands play the backstage in an intimate atmosphere with a great sound system. One gripe is that the bar is cash only, but they do have an ATM.
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Freddie Blicher
7 months ago
In my quest to learn more about DC and its rich history, some friends and I saw an excellent documentary - "Salad Days" about Fugazi, Henry Rollins and other punk bands in DC. Black Cat venue was excellent for this sort of thing. Good intimate ambience and sound system. Looking forward to future events here.
George Smith
11 months ago
Cool venue that attracts great acts. Nice bar situation. Too bad the place suffers from TERRIBLE FRONT STAFF!!!! The girl at the front desk accused me of not buying a ticket. AFTER I produced the ticket stub she continued to be rude and patronizing. An apology would have been nice.
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Colleen Grant
a year ago
Black Cat is one of my favorite music venues in DC. It's smaller than the 9:30 Club, so if you're in the front row, you're basically level with the band. But, it's bigger than somewhere like DC9, which can get really crowded really quickly. At Black Cat, I never have to wait too long to get a drink and have a great view of the stage no matter where I end up standing.
John Singleton Paul
a year ago
Black Cat is a great venue for the music, it's a DC institution that books fantastic bands. However, I had a horrible experience there. After seeing a show I left the venue, then I realized my keys were not in my pocket anymore. I absolutely had to get them back and came back to the Black Cat because I thought I most probably dropped them there. The front staff was rude and unhelpful. They wouldn't let me look for my keys, and two minutes later categorically let me know my keys were not in the room since the cleaning staff hadn't seen anything. In good faith I took them at their word and left to look for my keys in the street. Not finding them, in desperation I came back to the Black Cat, and the rude front staff told me the same thing. I just stood there and a minute later some other staffers mentioned casually that there were keys upstairs. Finally a bartender went and looked and brought me my keys. They had been there the whole time, even though the front staff swore the whole time they weren't and tried to turn me away! I thanked and tipped the bartender, but the front staff were horrible, and this may be the last time I ever attend a show there. There are many other venues in DC with great music.
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