Chris Connelly reviewed 2 years ago
Atmosphere Excellent Decor Very good Service Very good - The Black Cat is one of the best rock clubs in Washington, D.C. Rock clubs are supposed to be a bit gritty, and the Black Cat delivers - it is dark, the bars are cash only, and it has an edge to it. But if you're like me, that can be what you want when you're seeing a smaller show. The bartenders pour a solid drink, and you'll find decent beer available at decent prices. It is a rock club, so it gets busy, and you're going to have to wait since there are always people looking to drink - just be prepared. I've generally found the bartenders get the job done and are cordial, even if not the warmest folks out there. They have a small back stage where locals and smaller touring acts play - word to the wise, it can get crowded back there, and the sound can be pretty variable. I've seen some shows back there that are fantastic, and some...not so much. But the star of the show is the stage upstairs. They book top quality acts, and with a recently updated sound system (as well as a great sound engineer behind the board), you're going to get a show that sounds great. It is all general admission, so if you want to be up front, plan on arriving early.