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Pharaoh's Rock N' Blues Bar

Pharaoh's offers hole-in-the-wall comfort for an evening of casual lounging and solid rock 'n' roll and blues.

Where -- 1817 Columbia Road N.W., Washington

Call -- 202-232-6009

Notable -- Never a cover charge for a good rock 'n' roll show, reasonably priced drinks and a loft for relaxing or playing board games.

Vibe -- Down-to-earth and unpretentious, with two levels of cozy seating and walls plastered with posters of rock legends.

Crowd -- Young adults. No cover charge and good music make it a great after-work hangout.

What to wear -- Loosen up your tie and kick off the heels: This laid-back bar is better for vintage rock T-shirts and your favorite jeans.

Music -- The walls feel like they might cave in every Friday and Saturday when Sir Walter Robinson flips his guitar upside down and jams through Jimi Hendrix covers. The house band infuses blues with classic rock and delivers a consistently solid show. Amateurs can take the stage at Open Mike Night every Thursday and face a supportive crowd just happy to hear some music.

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