Northern Virginia has a variety of bars and nightclubs that feature a wide range of live music including rock, punk, hip-hop, jazz, country, gospel, and more. Why venture into the city when there are plenty of convenient music venues in Virginia featuring top performers? Here are the best live music clubs in the area.
3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA (703) 549-7500. The Birchmere is a 500-seat dinner-theater style Music Hall offering a variety of live musical performances of folk, jazz, rock, gospel or alternative music. Seating is general admission, first come first served. The Birchmere has a full-service kitchen & a full bar.
220 N. Washington St., Falls Church, VA (703) 237-0300. The popular Northern Virginia live music venue is a refurbished cinema featuring blues, reggae, and jam bands. Full-service dining is available and the concert hall can be rented out for private events.
227 Maple Avenue East, Vienna, VA (703) 255-1566. This unique coffee shop is a premier music venue presenting live local, regional, and nationally touring musical performances. Shows are open to all ages, and daytime performances are geared towards kids.
2832 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA (703) 522-8340. Located in Clarendon, VA, the intimate restaurant and bar is a popular venue for indie bands and also hosts open mic nights and poetry readings. IOTA does not sell tickets in advance, and admittance to all shows is on a first come, first served basis.
1551 Trap Rd, Vienna, Virginia. 1 (877) WOLFTRAP. Two 18th-century barns serve as a unique venue for year-round indoor concerts with first-class acoustics. The larger barn seats 284 people on the main level and 98 in the hayloft. The smaller barn serves as a reception area. The Barns at Wolf Trap is a fabulous place to enjoy jazz, bluegrass, chamber music, folk, comedy, cabaret, and country music.
411 John Carlyle St. Alexandria, VA (703) 548-5953. The club offers live "Big Band"-era entertainment and fine dining in an art deco-style space with a large stage and dance floor. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and provides a set dinner menu for big-name shows.
3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA (703) 293-9600. The Irish pub and restaurant offers live Irish music every Friday and Saturday night from some of the area's best Traditional Irish acts.
2854 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA (703) 276-WOWE (9693). The bar and grill is a Clarendon landmark offering live music Thursday through Saturday. The menu includes a nice variety of salads, sandwiches, BBQ, and seafood dishes.
2711 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA (703) 525-8646. The casual bar and restaurant offers live indie most by local performers on the weekends.