Best 10 Live Music Clubs in Northern Virginia

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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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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. 

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    6355 Rolling Rd, Springfield, VA (703) 569-5940. The nightclub opened under new ownership with a complete renovation in 2012.  Performances include a wide range of music genres from rock, jazz, folk, hip-hop to electronic and metal.

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    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.

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    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.

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    2711 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA (703) 525-8646. The casual bar and restaurant offers live indie most by local performers on the weekends.

    See also, Top 10 Music Clubs in Washington DC and Top 9 Live Music Venues in Maryland