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The Best Bars with Live Music in D.C.

by Lanna Nguyen on Apr 17, 2017 in Roundups

Enjoy a mix of live local and national bands at these bars and restaurants known for the live music. Whether you’re into a jazzy, laid back scene or looking for a more upbeat venue, check out these five spots for live music in DC.

Bayou
The Cajun inspired restaurant offers New-Orleans style food, vibes reminiscent of the Big Easy, and a schedule of live music from both local and nationally touring bands and acts. (2519 Pennsylvania Ave, NW; 202-223-6941)

Gypsy Sally’s
The hip music venue in Georgetown offers a more intimate setting with a range of Americana-style music from local and national groups almost every night of the week. Check out the separate Vinyl Lounge with a comfortable, vintage feel, no cover policy, featuring local and traveling acts Wednesday - Saturday.
 
Hill Country
Grab Texas-style barbecue at the top level of the Penn Quarter restaurant and enjoy a post-dining concert in the lower level, usually of the bluegrass and country variety. If you want to get in on the live music action, come on Wednesday evenings where the bar hosts live-band karaoke - pro tip: this is a hot spot for seasoned karaoke veterans, so come early to get your name on the lineup or be prepared for a long wait before you get to hit the stage. (410 7th St, NW; 202-556-2050)
 
Sotto
Tucked away on 14th Street below Ghibellina, the speakeasy-esque bar has live music Tuesday - Saturday. Offering a wide range of musical genres (funk, jazz, reggae, and soul to name a few) stop in for a nice change of pace from the busy, going-out scene of 14th Street. (1610 14th St, NW; 202-5453459)
 
Tabard Inn
Head to the oldest running hotel in DC every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday night for live jazz music. Located in the main fireplace lounge, it’s a great date night spot for cozying up on one of the couches, sipping on cocktails and enjoying a night of jazz. (1739 N Street, NW; 202-785-1277)

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