Washington DC
Washington DC

Washington D.C. Jazz Clubs


From sexy lounges to dark dive bars, there are more than enough places to go in Washington DC if jazz music is what you’re looking for. Classy hangouts like Blues Alley and Twins Jazz are constantly drawing jazz-craving patrons, and Colombia Station is the laid-back, super friendly place for anyone and everyone to catch a free live show. One of the most famous institutions in the city is Bohemian Caverns, a stunning tribute to everything jazzy that has been seducing people since 1926, and has featured such artists as Billy Holiday, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. Folks who want to take in the sultry notes of jazz without having to venture into a bar will love the art centers and concert halls like Kennedy Center and the Strathmore.
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Columbia Station

2325 18th St., NW Washington DC; Tel + 1 202.462.6040
Let's face it, when something's free these days, chances are, there's a catch. And with venues, a free show usually means the band will sound worse than your grade-school jazz ensemble. But at Columbia Station, you're likely to witness some great music for the whopping price of—you guessed it—free. A great place to catch a live jazz show at no cost and down a couple pints of your favorite brew, this Washington, D.C., bar and restaurant transmits a pleasantly jovial attitude through both its food and atmosphere. Friendly service and menu options like meatloaf, pasta and Cajun-inspired dishes will keep your wallet fat and your belly full. If you find yourself in the Washington, D.C., area with some spare time but without a dime, pop into Columbian Station. A word of caution: if you want to get a good seat, make sure to arrive early—you're not the only one looking for cheap entertainment
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—Washington DC bar and club reviews by Garrett Wheeler