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The Iota Club & Cafe

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Address: 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201
Phone Number: 703-522-8340
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Most entertainers perform country and rock music acts at this club, but...

Most entertainers perform country and rock music acts at this club, but there is also a series for poets and an open mic night.

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Good Local Bar

Visited during a trip to DC - decent local music bar with a claim to fame mention in The West Wing! We had dinner - place is nothing fancy but service was exemplary and food... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 5, 2014
Andy A
Winchester, England, United Kingdom
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Arlington, Virginia
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

IOTA is locally owned and very hospitable, offering delicious food and drinks and a small but cozy and accommodating setting that hosts regular music (usually a small fee) and poetry (no fee) events that draw wonderful performers. Do come! We go there often.

Thank Marilyn M
Saratoga Springs, New York
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We love this place. hey always have great bands. Very diverse, but always good. Superb beer selection... local brews plus other great craft brews from around the country. Even PBR on tap for hipsters that like to pretend it's a craft beer. The food is solid as well, plus they have the same coffee they serve at the White House.

Thank richswthx
Winchester, England, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Visited during a trip to DC - decent local music bar with a claim to fame mention in The West Wing! We had dinner - place is nothing fancy but service was exemplary and food reliable, band was setting up but we didn't have time to stay. Definitely worth a stop by for a drink or quick bit of nosh... More 

Thank Andy A
Washington DC
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Tried to call Iota more than 10 times this past week to ask if they take reservations. Have a party of 10 that want to come for dinner and a show. No one ever answered. always got message that your mailbox was full. Finally drove from Alexandria to personally ask about reservations and was told no. Not even for a... More 

Thank jlw3rd
Alexandria, Virginia
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39 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

I give this place a "very good" rating not because it's actually very good, but because it's so different than the other bars on the Wilson/Clarendon Blvd strip of Arlington. Unlike its yuppier, more clean-cut "brethren," Iota has a hole-in-the-wall feel that is somewhat refreshing among the sea of high-end spots. This is not to say, of course, that Iota... More 

Thank Jisel P
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

I have been to this place atleast a few dozen times and have seen some really good music there. The pluses: They book some good bands and have a recently greater selection of beers. The bad: the whole place looks like a Dive bar and needs some TLC and a makeover. Also sound system needs updating, vocals are usually weak... More 

Baltimore, Maryland
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

I didn't have any of their food, but hands down, this is the sorriest excuse for a live music venue I've ever been to (and I've been to shows in a concrete basement). The so-called sound guy couldn't mix a band to save his life, and not a single one of the employees could seem to give a damn as... More 

1 Thank Zak R
Lexington Park, Maryland
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103 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

I had never been to Arlington and my friend and I stumbled on this place after leaving Whitlows. I was impressed with the beer selection both on draft and in the bottle. Bartenders Hannah and Rob were great and gave us guidance on good grub (basic Delhi sandwiches...bbq salmon and then a turkey club) and trying different beers. They have... More 

Thank RV3_12
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

My experience with IOTA goes back eight years and I also frequently visit many other music venues in the DC metro region so my feedback comes with extensive knowledge of the local music scene as well as additional cultural experiences in the region, and is exactly where online ratings and customer feedback is most helpful. I have patronized this small... More 

3 Thank HowardMD
Arlington, Virginia
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

this place is fast becoming my favorite spot with good music and great selection of microbrews and regional brews as well. Great staff too, very friendly to this newcomer. I will be going back.

Thank Lisa W

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