The skinny on local clubs
The Black Cat
You can have dinner, drinks and a show -- without ever leaving The Black Cat in Washington.
Where --1811 14th St. N.W., Washington
Web site --blackcatdc.com
Notable --Grab some grub at Food for Thought, an adjacent cafe serving vegan, vegetarian and non-veggie fare; have a brew (last we checked, Stella Artois was on tap) or shoot some pool downstairs in the Red Room Bar; see a local DJ, band or spoken-word show at the Backstage; upstairs, catch a nationally touring group on the Main Stage.
Vibe --This place rocks.
What to wear --Black Cat regulars can be hyper-critical of your attire, so if you're trying to make friends, go for either the witty, unwashed indie kid look (jeans, semi-greasy hair, tight T-shirt) or the angry, unwashed punkster (ratty jeans, all-out greasy hair, stud leather belt, black T-shirt). If you're just there to see the show, anything goes.
Crowd --See above.
Music --Mostly indie rock, punk and DIY bands, including the occasional oddity like the Human Marvels. Coming acts include Page France, Dead Meadow, Exit Clov, Lemonface and Boy Eats Drum Machine.