Venues that are categorized as “Food &/or Drinks w/ Music” are essentially places in which the music tends to be in the background. In these venues, the vast majority of the patrons tend to be there for a reason other than the music. For some venues, this is deliberate – the music is intended to accompany people’s primary purpose of dining and/or drinking. For others, this phenomenon is due to the nature of the space or its clientele. If you go to these venues principally for the music, be sure to arrive early enough to get seats close to the performers.

You can scroll through this page or click on the following links to jump to each venue’s place on the page: 701 Restaurant,   Haydee’s Restaurant,   Quill,   Sotto,   Tabard Inn,   Tryst.

701 offers the warmth and charm of a private club and a picturesque setting, providing guests with a truly memorable dining experience. Menus reflect an inventive approach to Contemporary Continental Cuisine. 701 also offers a bar with a vast selection of culinary treats and signature cocktails, and a recently renovated “back lounge.” During the warmer months, the patio provides a pleasant view of the Navy Memorial’s cascading fountains and the National Archives. Live piano is provided on Thursday evenings and piano and bass are provided on Friday and Saturday evenings.

701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-0701   -♪-♫-   (Jump to top of page.)

Restaurant critics, neighborhood regulars, and first time visitors to Washington, DC, always agree about Haydee’s Restaurant: the atmosphere is great, the food is superb, and the service is outstanding. The restaurant offers a casual atmosphere that is perfect for dining with friends, co-workers, and family members. The creative menu features a wide array of great selections, always made from the highest quality ingredients. Be sure to ask your server about daily specials and other notable menu selections. The staff at Haydee’s Restaurant are friendly and professional and will ensure that your dining experience is a pleasant one. Live music is provided frequently; be sure to get a first-floor table if you’re there to see and hear the band.

3102 Mt. Pleasant St. NW, Washington, DC 20010
(202) 483-9199   -♪-♫-   (Jump to top of page.)

Quill is located in The Jefferson, a small, Beaux Arts-design, boutique hotel. The building was originally constructed in 1923 as luxury apartments, but was converted to a hotel in 1955.

Quill is an upscale lounge and cocktail bar which offers “an inspired mix of classic and signature cocktails, a dynamic wine list and an elevated bar menu.” In-house pianist Peter Robinson performs Tuesday through Saturday beginning at 9:00 p.m.

1200 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 448-2300   -♪-♫-   (Jump to top of page.)

Sotto is a subterranean jazz venue, restaurant, and cocktail bar, downstairs from Ghibellina and designed in “speakeasy” style. Sotto offers no-cover, live jazz, blues, and funk five nights a week. The vast majority of musicians who perform at Sotto are from the DC Metro area. On a busy night the music is difficult to hear over the patrons. The area closest to the stage is dedicated to diners, so if you go for the music, be sure to make a dinner reservation.

1610 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 545-3459   -♪-♫-   (Jump to top of page.)

The Tabard Inn opened as a guesthouse and restaurant in 1922 in an existing Classical Revival-style rowhouse and was named after the hostelry in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Tucked into the heart of the hotel, you’ll find all sorts on the worn leather bar stools – journalists, politicians, tourists, and hipsters – conversing over just about everything under the sun. It’s the type of bar that’s both retreat and destination, where history and comfort collide. A place to settle in, grab a glass of wine or sip from a pre-prohibition-style cocktail, strike up a conversation, and revel in the warm wood-paneled and candle-lit environs.

The lounge is a cozy space featuring antique furnishings and a wood-burning fireplace. Every Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday night, it offers the sounds of jazz bassist Victor Dvoskin and other acclaimed local jazz musicians. The jazz is offered on a “first-come, first-served” basis – no reservations are taken for the lounge, patio, or bar.

1739 N St. NW, Washington DC 20036
(202) 331-8528   -♪-♫-   (Jump to top of page.)