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The Iota Club & Cafe

2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201
703-522-8340
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Ranked #7 of 18 Nightlife in Arlington
Type: Bar/ Clubs, Bars
Activities: Nightlife, Dining
Owner description: Most entertainers perform country and rock music acts at this club, but there is also a series for...
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Type: Bar/ Clubs, Bars
Activities: Nightlife, Dining
Owner description: 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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Winchester, England, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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 

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Washington DC
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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 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 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 

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Baltimore, Maryland
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 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 

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Lexington Park, Maryland
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82 reviews 82 reviews
10 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 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 

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Arlington, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 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.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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314 reviews 314 reviews
167 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

We went here not knowing that it was a music indie place so sat down and had a light supper of smashers --which are sandwiches and you can substitute greens for bread if you like -- and terrific desserts (pumpkin pie and superb brownie). Wine and beers are good. Service a bit desultory but tolerable. Ambiance is funky to a... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

I enjoy hearing acts at Iota, but stopped by this weekend for a latte and an amazing breakfast sandwich. The service was fantastic, they played great music, and the tables outside were fantastic for hanging out and reading the paper.

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