Best place to eat and/or listen to great music.
Hi, I have recently arrived in Washington DC and I would like to discover a typical places frequented by locals.
You can give me some suggestions?
Check out free jazz every summer Friday evening at the National Gallery of Art sculpture garden. I recommend you pick up a picnic at the newly opened Paul bakery at the Archives metro stop. The salami sandwich is so simple and so good - cornichons and butter and salami, what a combination.
For a schedule of the jazz:
Unfortunately, good music and food don't usually come together in this area like it does in places like New York, Paris, Rome etc. Most people here seem to take pains to avoid that kind of synergy.
The one thing I'll mention happens only once a year: Chuck Brown, the Godfather of Go-Go Music (a DC phenomenon) is playing at the DC Barbecue Battle on Saturday June 25th at 7:30pm. Get there EARLY for a good seat.
The food unfortunately is mostly pretty bad, but find the stand selling Jamaican Jerk Chicken. It will be very good. Chuck Brown is a treasure, and though he is still going strong at 74, alas he won't be around forever.
Columbia Station in Adams Morgan - Live jazz check listing to see who is playing the food is okay
Takoma Station - Jazz never been
Bohemian Caverns - Jazz not sure about the food never eaten there
Blues Alley - Jazz good food - pricey
Yards Park - Free Concert every Friday until August 19 misc food vendors Jah Works local ska group plays on July 8 enjoy
If you are ok about travelling Clare and Don's Beach Shack in Falls Church has lots of bands and tends to be just people sitting and having a good time and it is VERY casual. I have never eaten there, but I have heard it is decent.
Also the State Theater next door has lots of good music events, although you can't eat there, lots of restaurants nearby.
Then there is Whitlow's on Wilson in Clarendon, if you want loud, packed bar with bands it fits the bill, but it is fun. Also in Virginia, but at least metro accessible.