Columbia Heights, Washington Places

Part of our Washington travel guide; our list of the best things to see in Columbia Heights, including 9:30 Club, The Jam Cellar and The Jam Cellar.
  • The best place in Columbia Heights Washington: 9:30 Club

    9:30 Club

    815 V St NW
    doors open: 6PM-11:30PM. cover: $10-60. The capital's flagship music venue. Check the calendar first, but know that the acts will be big. It's very small by big-name concert venues, but big by D.C. standards, boasts top-notch lighting and sound systems, and expensive booze. The place is small enough where you are going to have a great view no matter where you are standing.
    Columbia Heights
  • The Jam Cellar

    The Jam Cellar

    2437 15th St NW
    Tu 8:30PM-midnight. Swing dancing in a 1920s marble-filled mansion that once housed the Brazilian and Hungarian Embassies. It's a really amazing thing. While the weekly event attracts a lot of (read: all) dedicated swing dancers from the area, there are always a couple (world class) instructors around to get beginners started for free. If we're going to be honest here, this is the best place in the country, and hence the world, to go swing dancing—and that's even in spite of the no A/C in the summer. BYOB(!).
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  • The Jam Cellar

    The Jam Cellar

    The Josephine Butler Parks Center2437 15th St NW
    Tu 8:30PM-midnight. Swing dancing in a 1920s marble-filled mansion that once housed the Brazilian and Hungarian Embassies. It's a really amazing thing. While the weekly event attracts a lot of (read: all) dedicated swing dancers from the area, there are always a couple (world class) instructors around to get beginners started for free. If we're going to be honest here, this is the best place in the country, and hence the world, to go swing dancing—and that's even in spite of the no A/C in the summer. BYOB(!).
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  • Nana

    Nana

    1528 U St NW
    M-Sa noon-6PM, Su noon-5PM. Perhaps the most consumer friendly boutique on U St. Nana has a still fashionable, but less eccentric selection, renowned customer service, and a rather less pretentious crowd.
    Columbia Heights
  • Lincoln Theatre

    Lincoln Theatre

    1215 U St NW
    Native Washingtonians Duke Ellington and Pearl Bailey performed in the Lincoln Theatre. So did Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Eckstine, Billy Eckstine, Billie Holliday and Sarah Vaughn. Today, it host musical events, films, and community events.
    Columbia Heights eat nearby
  • Bohemian Caverns

    Bohemian Caverns

    2001 11th St
    shows usually F-Sa 9PM-1AM. Cover: usually $15. In the basement of a large classy establishment, the legendary D.C. caverns live on. The Bohemian Caverns were the place to hear live jazz back in the days when Duke Ellington lived in the neighborhood and the list of legendary musicians and singers who played here is staggering. After the 1968 riots, this club closed down along with virtually all the rest of U St's commercial activity, but it has finally been resurrected and is quite possibly on the way to restoring its former glory. The caverns really feel like a cave, complete with stalactites, quartz walls, and petrified wood tables. The space is small, the audience eclectic and smart, and the stage features the best of D.C.'s local jazz scene, as well as the occasional big name touring act. Get tickets in advance and show up early if you want to sit down.
    Columbia Heights
  • Room 11

    Room 11

    3234 11th St NW
    Su-Th 5PM-1AM, F-Sa 5PM-2AM. A new neighborhood wine bar/café/cocktail spot. It has a tiny inside and a bigger patio area. They specialize in good wine for a good value, and they make great cocktails, which rotate frequently. They also have tasty small dishes like salads, soups, and panini, plus cheese and meat plates. A nice spot to relax, have a drink, and if you're interested, discuss wine and cocktails with the bartender.
    Columbia Heights
  • The Velvet Lounge

    The Velvet Lounge

    915 U St NW
    Su-Th 7:30PM, F-Sa 9PM. cover: free-$10. Probably D.C.'s diviest venue for music—to the point where you might legitimately worry about falling through the floorboards of the tiny performance space. Shows are often local, and in addition to the standard indie rock, punk, and dance music, feature D.C.'s premiere experimental acts. Su-Th there's no cover to enter the downstairs bar, so you can sample the music first to see if you want to pay to go upstairs.
    Columbia Heights
  • Dekka

    1338 U St NW
    Tu-F 1PM-7:30PM, Sa-Su 10AM-7:30PM. A boutique run by an artist collective of designers, visual artists, and even musicians, offering funky fashions from only local designers, well-hidden off street-level in a townhouse! The unique jewelry here is especially popular (and affordable). Your boyfriend can even stay happy here, as they have a "listening station" where anyone can check out the really interesting selection of music they have for sale.
    Columbia Heights
  • Tivoli Theatre

    3333 14th St NW
    Shows usually Th-Sa 8PM, Su 3PM. GALA stands for Grupo de Artistas LatinoAmericanas, and their residency at the Tivoli Theatre is the jewel in the crown of revitalized Columbia Heights. The Tivoli Theatre was the grandest of D.C.'s early twentieth century movie palaces, built in ornate Italianate Renaissance style for a whopping one million dollars in 1921. Today the theatre is mixed use, with the important use being the small stage for GALA. Most of GALA's performances are in Spanish, with English surtitles, and range from classical Spanish drama to contemporary Latino theater. They also put on frequent non-dramatic performances of dance, music, etc.
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  • Sankofa I and II

    3030 14th St NW
    A stained glass mural over the metro with a theme of Ghanaian Sankofa birds.
    Columbia Heights eat nearby
  • Mexican Cultural Center

    2829 16th St NW
    Gallery: M-F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-4PM. Housed in the beautiful former Embassy of Mexico, the cultural center has a nice collection of Mexican artwork, and puts on frequent classical and other musical performances, as well as film screenings, lectures, and other events. The gallery, and many of the events are free, but those that aren't see hefty donations required for tickets.
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  • Simply Home

    1412 U St NW
    Su-Th 11PM-10PM, F-Sa 11PM-11PM. Food: $13-20. Eat. Drink. Shop. Yes, it's a good place for upscale Thai, cocktails, eccentric gift shopping, and equally eccentric t-shirts.
    Columbia Heights
  • Art & Media House

    3035 15th St NW
    M-F 8AM-8PM, Sa 10AM-5PM. Columbia Height's Latin American Youth Center's colorful house is dedicated to teaching and encouraging art in the community, and they keep a small art gallery showing exhibits of works by local youths.
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  • Frederick Douglass House

    1411 W Street SE
    9AM-5PM daily (16 April-15 October), 9AM-4PM daily (16 October-15 April). Free. Frederick Douglass' house in D.C. In addition to the small museum and gift shop, you may visit the house itself, but only on a tour. Tours are available by RSVP at 9AM, 12:15PM, 1:45PM, 3PM, and 3:30PM daily.
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  • Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats

    Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats

    1370 Park Rd NW
  • Wonderland Ballroom

    Wonderland Ballroom

    1101 Kenyon St NW
    Columbia Heights' neighborhood bar is beloved by the neighborhood's residents, especially the hipsters for the welcoming, local neighborhood bar vibe. There's a lot of history at this bar. Its previous incarnation as Nob Hill was a legendary gay bar that had quite a run from 1954–2004. Weekends are crowded, but people will be happy to let you squeeze. Dance floor upstairs.
    Columbia Heights
  • RedRocks Firebrick Pizzeria

    RedRocks Firebrick Pizzeria

    1036 Park Rd NW
    RedRocks is one of DC's finest restaurants offering firebrick pizza in a Neapolitan style.
    Catholic University-Brookland
  • 9:30 Club

    9:30 Club

    815 V St NW
    The OFFICIAL PAGE for 9:30 Club. www.930.com.
    Columbia Heights
  • Sweet Mango Cafe

    Sweet Mango Cafe

    3701 New Hampshire Ave NW
    Best Jerk Chicken outside of Jamaica, Period. Come have a Caribbean escape with us 7 days a week.
    Catholic University-Brookland
  • DC9

    1940 9th St NW
    doors open 5PM daily. cover: $3-10. If the above clubs are overcharging for some lame mainstream act, DC9 is almost always a hit. Live music is the staple at this medium-size, medium-dive club, and includes national and (usually) local acts, usually indie-rock. The clientéle is pretty hipsterish, but not at all judgmental—it's a great place to let loose and get your dance on at the regular dance parties (or the after-show late-night dance parties), regardless of whether you know what you're doing. DC9 has some incredible drink specials on quality brews too.
    Columbia Heights
  • The Heights

    3115 14th St NW
    Mo-Th noon-10:30PM, F noon-midnight, Sa 9AM-midnight, Su 9AM-10:30PM. $10-30. An American/Continental bar and restaurant with lots of outdoor seating and a good brunch.
    Columbia Heights
  • Josephine Butler Parks Center

    Josephine Butler Parks Center

    2437 15th St NW
    Josephine Butler Parks Center is an historic house, located at 2437 15th Street, Northwest, Washington, D.C., in the Meridian Hill neighborhood.
    Adams Morgan eat nearby
  • Tivoli Theatre

    Tivoli Theatre

    6350 Delmar Blvd
    The Tivoli Theatre is a landmark building in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C. on 14th Street and Park Road Northwest. Originally built as a movie theater, it currently exhibits live stage productions as the home of the GALA Hispanic Theatre.
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  • Columbia Heights Coffee

    3416 11th St NW
    M-F 6AM-6PM, Sa-Su 7AM-7PM. Filling a small hole in Columbia Heights, this is a low-key coffee shop, with high quality beans, and a quiet, comfy place to wake up in the morning or surf the internet. Free WiFi.
    Columbia Heights
  • Meridian Hill Park

    Meridian Hill Park

    16th St & Euclid St NW
    Meridian Hill Park is a structured urban park located in the Washington, D.C. neighborhood of Columbia Heights in the United States. The park is also unofficially known as "Malcolm X Park" by some city residents. The 12 acre formally landscaped site is maintained by the National Park Service as part of Rock Creek Park, but is not contiguous with that much larger nearby park. Meridian Hill Park is bordered by 15th, 16th, W, and Euclid Streets NW, and sits on a prominent hill 1.5 miles due north of the White House.
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