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815 V St NW

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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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In 2018, Rolling Stone named Washington’s 9:30 Club one of the 10 best live music venues in America. The iconic club began earning its accolades around the time it opened in 1980, though, and has hosted groups like Nirvana, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Public Enemy. While the 9:30 Club expanded over time, the club is still small enough to feel intimate. The 9:30 Club’s location near northwest Washington’s bustling U Street corridor means that travelers will have no shortage of options for a pre-show dinner or a post-show drink. Alternatively, the 9:30 Club offers a relatively robust menu of bar food, complete with the club’s somewhat ubiquitous cupcakes, if you’d rather eat at the venue.

Past travelers appreciate that the 9:30 Club lends itself an intimate setting, so it’s not too difficult to get up close to your favorite band. The small setting also means that shows at the 9:30 Club get slightly cramped, which irked some recent concertgoers. Still, the quality of your experience will depend on which show you see, so be sure to check the 9:30 Club’s website before your trip.

Those hoping to utilize public transit on their way to the 9:30 Club can walk a few blocks from the Metro’s U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo station or take a variety of buses. The club also offers parking options behind the building, which costs $20 in advance or $25 cash the night of the show. The 9:30 Club welcomes visitors of all ages (unless otherwise posted), while the ticket price varies from show to show.

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Though most agree the Lincoln Memorial is worth checking out during the day or at night, many recent travelers say the most captivating time to visit is after dark when the attraction is lit and less crowded. Plus, evening temps will make peak summer visits more comfortable.

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