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Best place to eat and/or listen to great music.

cosmopolita Jun 15, 2011 07:10 AM

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?

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    coolcreek Jun 17, 2011 01:52 PM

    Decent food and music-- Iota in Arlington. www.Iotaclubandcafe.com

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      4X4 Jun 17, 2011 05:06 AM

      The Zoo Bar is good for live music (especially Blues.) I haven't been there in a while so I can't say much about the food. I've had decent bar food there.

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        agarnett100 Jun 17, 2011 06:22 AM

        I was there 3 weeks ago had a great time the food is decent - the music was really good

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        rappel75 Jun 16, 2011 09:12 PM

        Try Iota in Calrendon. Good music and pretty good food. More indie bands than high profile groups. A good scene.

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          DPGood Jun 16, 2011 03:25 PM

          The Birchmere in Alexandria for Blue Grass, the real thing! Food, so-so.

          1. ktmoomau Jun 16, 2011 03:06 PM

            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.

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              Steve Jun 15, 2011 08:25 AM

              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.


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                VaPaula Jun 15, 2011 08:29 AM

                Bistrot Lepic has live jazz on Wednesday nights in the wine bar. In fact, we're checking it out tonight. I've only had a few small plates there, but they were pretty good. Really good service, too.

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                  agarnett100 Jun 15, 2011 11:11 AM

                  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

                  1. re: agarnett100
                    GraydonCarter Oct 21, 2011 09:02 PM

                    > Blues Alley - Jazz good food - pricey

                    Has anyone eaten here lately? How about at nearby restos in Gtown?

                    Blues Alley Club
                    1069 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

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                hamster Jun 15, 2011 08:18 AM

                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:

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                  DPGood Jun 15, 2011 08:20 AM

                  Great suggestion!

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                    cosmopolita Jun 15, 2011 08:21 AM

                    Oh, thak you!

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                    DPGood Jun 15, 2011 07:23 AM

                    The Grill Room at the Morrison House in Alexandria. Music on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and saturday nights. A bit pricey though.

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                      cosmopolita Jun 15, 2011 08:15 AM

                      Thanks! But It seems an elegant place. Or am I wrong?
                      Do you know also alternative or fun places?

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