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Address: 1811 14th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4425
Phone Number:
+1 202-667-7960
19:00 - 03:00
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Sun - Thu 20:00 - 02:00
Fri - Sat 19:00 - 03:00

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Awkward Sex and The City

Enjoyed the show. It was pretty funny. The Black Cat was grungy but OK. Bartender did right by us. We had a fun night.

Reviewed 6 September 2015
Dinah Y
Washington DC, District of Columbia
via mobile
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Black Cat reminded me of the grunge rock venues of my youth. Dark, a little sketchy, but with surprisingly clean bathrooms. Went to see Bad Cop Bad Cop and The Interrupters, and decided it would be the perfect first ska show for our kids (10 & 12) to attend with us. We checked our coats and proceeded to "The Red... More 

1 Thank Amber H
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 2016

I loved Black Cat. The atmosphere was intimate and a very cool venue. The staff was friendly and the place was clean. Also, the acoustics were great for the bands that we saw.

Thank Lisa V
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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448 reviews
238 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2015 via mobile

Enjoyed the show. It was pretty funny. The Black Cat was grungy but OK. Bartender did right by us. We had a fun night.

1 Thank Dinah Y
Washington, DC
Level Contributor
115 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2015

My sister, niece and I visited the Black Cat to see comedians Sasheer Zamata (SNL) and Kenny Deforest. The tickets were AMAZINGLY reasonable for DC at $15! The format is VERY basic, chairs with a low stage, but I was on the third row and had no problem seeing. My long island iced tea was $13, which was pricey, but... More 

Thank KCMQuest
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 July 2015 via mobile

Don't expect any type of lighting if you are seeing a band on the backstage. Also, be sure to not accidentally wash off your stamps you get at the door or they will threaten to throw you out when they randomly ask to see your hands while you are watching a band. They suggest not washing the tops of your... More 

Thank Haley M
Dumfries, Virginia
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92 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2015

We saw a show with several acts, each with a different vibe. There were several points in the show where the sound was out of balance - music too loud, vocals too soft; feedback issues; at one point there was a persistent buzz behind the sound. The club was VERY dark, and there are several sections which are a step... More 

Thank Elise L
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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128 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2015

I had a really terrible time at the Black Cat when going to see a small show on a Friday night. My friend (who was 18 at the time and completely sober) was kicked out right at the door, and the employees reasoning for this was decided by smelling her breath and determining that she was "wasted". There was NO... More 

1 Thank maxine l
Pennsville, New Jersey
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71 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2014

We traveled from South Jersey to DC to see one of our favorite performers. Super glad we did! This is a smaller venue and it was really laid back. We had a blast. Parking was a huge issue for us. We rode around for quite some time before we found a spot on the street. I didn't see any parking... More 

Thank Tammy W
Rockville, Maryland
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59 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 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 

Thank luv2travel_whoohoo
Level Contributor
58 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 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!

Thank Zechinois

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