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“Meh..” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The 930 Club

The 930 Club
815 V Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20001
202 265 0930
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Ranked #5 of 164 Nightlife in Washington DC
Type: Bar/ Clubs, Concerts, Clubs
Activities: Nightlife
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Columbia, Maryland, United States
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8 attraction reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Meh..”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Attended three shows here over the summer; funky place with ok staff, average food and somewhat high/ arbitrary ticket pricing for off the wall bands that basically work the same vein.
$25 is cool, for these folks $45 less so.
Sigh lines are problematic unless you are on the balcony rail, be prepared to que for doors, and "stand your ground" against dc latenicks who will attempt to forece themselves on to the rail with their diminutive arm candy.
Sound system is described in the trades as "expensive, German and loud" Unfortunatly it's obnoxious in the same way that guy in the Merc or Bimmer flashing his lights is. Far too bass heavy, with piercing treble..
YeaI know it's rock, but this is 2013, not 1973. I expect to hear individual instruments and have clear vocals. Loud and bassy does not a great system make.
As a musician / sound engineer I had high hopes, but won't be back. It's disappointing to have a artist bring a nice rig with vintage guitars and cool amps and have them be totally lost in a thunderous wash of kick drum and ice pick treble...

Visited July 2013
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Richmond, Virginia
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“excellent concert hall”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

we travel from out of town to see bands at this location. you can purchase a parking pass at the time of ticket purchase that is worth every dime, (lot right behind the club). easy access, great staff, only downside is the floor is flat, so tall folks can get in the way if you are short ,,,,otherwise great acoustics, lots of bars around the club. good beer and liquor selections a good bar staff (they give samples of the many beers on tap if they are not swamped)
bar food available. and a safe area to be in when you leave

Visited July 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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25 attraction reviews
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“Get there early and you will have a great experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

I recently attended a show here, and we headed to the 930 club right after work. There is a parking lot behind the building with an attendant that is worth the price to park at. We managed to get into the bar behind the venue (still part of the 930 club). They only let a limited number of guests in so you will definitely get a seat and plenty of drinks. The food menu was pretty limited. Another advantage to being in the bar before the show is that you get first access to the venue. We got right up front. There are bars all over the concert hall itself, and it's easy to get a drink until it gets too packed.

Visited May 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
“Great Venue”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

If you are going to the 930 club it is probably because of the band, not the venue. But the venue is great. Small enough to be intimate but big enough to hold a good crowd. The "Standing Room Only" format can get a bit old and sight-lines from the floor are lousy for anyone more than 10 rows back; but if you get there early you can get a great sight-line from the floor or the mezzanine. The show time on your ticket is actually the door open time; opening acts typically start at 9pm with the headliner coming on at 10.
The bars will run a tab in addition to cash sales. Cold water is free.
The 930 Club has a great long history that is worth researching. Parking is plentiful and the website directions are accurate. The area looks rough but the typical show ends by 1230 and the nightlife in the area means there are plenty of people around if you walk to public transportation.
Helpful hint: Bring earplugs. The small venue is deafening and the club charges $1.50 for a set of $0.25 foam plugs.

Visited June 2013
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Greenbelt, Maryland
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“Rock and Roll the way it has to be.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

Too many folks forgot what that is. You will stand, all night. So go ready to rock. You will be able to buy beer, food (great food!?!?!?!? IT'S A ROCK AND ROLL CLUB), and watch the band while you are doing it. Better yet, eat first (great Ethiopian is a stroll away. Try Etete).

If you go for the music, this is the music. Nothing else gets in the way. Just because you got older doesn't mean rock 'n' roll did. It's not about comfort. It's about what the music is about. The lighting and the sound take you back...and bring you right there. You can get close, real close. You can go deaf. (They sell ear plugs.) It's rock, and it still rocks.

Visited April 2013
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