For the most part, DC9 is one of those unpretentious bars where people go to hang out, dance and have fun. The first floor is the bar area with tables, couches and a jukebox with over 130,000 songs. The second floor plays host to local and national acts and a DJ several nights a week. When I first came to DC, I didn’t expect there to be much of an indie scene but I was wrong. DC has a pretty cool edgy side to it which keeps things interesting. DC9 is located at 1940 9th Street, NW.

Cost – $

Service – B
There are bars on both floors and waitresses for tables so I never find myself waiting too long for drinks.

Food – N/A
I don’t think they serve food here and if they do, someone please correct me.

Decor – C
There are walls with murals and posters but other than that, there really isn’t too much going on. I wouldn’t go as far as to say it’s a dive bar, but you get the picture.

Feel – B
As I pointed out above, DC9 has that hipster feel which usually makes for a laid back place with decent people. However, like with most places that grow in popularity, you sometimes get a mix that leans toward not so cool. Sometimes, the acts also dictate the vibe.

What’s the Buzz:

November 2, 2007 – DC9 (Washington Post) – Filling the gap between large rock clubs and tiny bars, DC9 attracts crowds for indie rock bands, followed by late-night DJs. Full article…

April 1, 2007 – Nouveau Riche at DC9 (Colonel K Speaks) – My last visit to DC9 left a rather sour taste in my mouth. I had tickets to see Asobi Seksu, and because doors weren’t till very late in the evening, I decided to kill some time at the bar downstairs. Full article…

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