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Black Cat

1811 14th St. NW, Washington DC, DC (Upper Northwest)
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Ranked #75 of 164 Nightlife in Washington DC
Type: Bar/ Clubs, Dance Club/ Discos
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54 reviews 54 reviews
6 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Ridiculously hot and no one who works here cares. Both of the artists I saw apologized for the heat and their sweat. When I asked if anything could be done for the sauna In the concert hall, the bartender actually informed me with a snide,"Yes, rock and roll is hot." I like dive bars but when they are not so... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Havebeen there in september 2007 for the charlotte Martin concert. The drinks are not too expensives, the place is not too big, great to be near the artist Great memory!

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74 reviews 74 reviews
28 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

great acts. I love the back bar (red room). I love how that hand write the acts for the month and stick it in the window. Nothing pretentious here, just hipsters and music lovers.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1,680 reviews 1,680 reviews
882 attraction reviews
840 helpful votes 840 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014 via mobile

A very simple and dark place, no decor or ambiance. We went there in the early side (around 8pm) and we could find a table very early. The places around where already packed. The drinks are cheap.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

This is not one of my favorite venues in DC, but unfortunately it is necessary for lack of alternatives. Basically this is the smaller club a lot of acts play before getting big enough to fill the far far superior 9:30 club. The mainstage has a capacity of about 700 people vs the 1200 or so that 9:30 can hold.... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Rude staff. Bartender accused me of stealing her bottle opener, I never even saw her with a bottle opener let alone stole it. I won't be coming back, too many other bars that value their customers in the city.

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Washington, DC
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52 reviews 52 reviews
12 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

I love the Black Cat. It's kind of a mid range venue - not as large or as prominent as the 9:30 Club, but not as small as say, DC9. They tend to get a lot of great bands passing through, especially during the summers, and host quite a few very popular dance party events (their Eighties Mayhem Night is... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013 via mobile

Staff and manager are extremely rude to customers. Will never return. Cursed out for holding the door open for staff member with hands full. Manager said it was my fault for holding the door for a female.

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Lake Worth FL
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65 reviews 65 reviews
12 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

What a complete let down. Overcrowded, loud, chaotic venue, rude hipsters, terrible service at the bar - would never go back. Even though the band was scheduled for just another hour, we all paid the $20 cover to meet up with some people who were already there. The guys at the front were taking money and double stamping hands as... More

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Exeter, New Hampshire
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105 reviews 105 reviews
39 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

The Black Cat is an anchor for the restaurants and bars in the area. The sound system in both music spaces is great. The staff is professional and as friendly as the can be on a busy night. Dante, keep of the good work. I have been there 4 times and it is refreshing to go there when I get... More

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