Black Cat

Top choice live music in Logan Circle, U Street & Columbia Heights

The Black Cat is the go-to venue for music that's loud and grungy with a punk edge. The White Stripes, Arcade Fire and Foo Fighters have all thrashed here. The action divides between tiny and intimate Backstage, downstairs, and the upstairs Mainstage, which is still small enough to see what the band is guzzling.

If you're not up for a show, head to the Red Room bar for the jukebox, billiards, pinball and strong cocktails. A vegetarian cafe is also on-site.