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U Street Music Hall

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1115 U St NW A (at Between 11th Street and 12th Street)
Washington, DC 20009
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U Street Music Hall - Washington, DC
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Free show last night. Amazing. Best mix of old school hip hop, R&B and reggae. Everyone was dancing and singing all night. When is the next set? If you love bass in your face, dan...

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How do they call that cheap? First impressions The good: The sound system is great, the bar and dance space is very cool too. Drink prices are posted behind the bar. The Bad: 7 bu...

DJ Dredd and Harry Hotter 5/12/2010

Free show last night. Amazing. Best mix of old school hip hop, R&B and reggae. Everyone was dancing and singing all night. When is the next set? If you love bass in your face, dancing and stiff drinks, you should be here. Oh, did I mention it was FREE? Looking forward to Fatback on the 26th. more

HMMMMM....U-Hall=Fantastical! 5/12/2010

U-Hall equals good times, good friends and good drinks. Coming from me, an experienced clubber, U-Hall has that new wave, all about the music, go-getter attitude that is open for new and positive attitudes as well as over all versatility. Sorry everyone, its time for some newness in the electro world, and lets face it...fist pumping is getting old. U-Hall invites a new perspective with all genres of dance music and provides an exciting and feel good time, safe and affordable! There are any clubs out there that charge you 15 bucks for a drink and all you hear is remixes of top forty...not to mention you must be 21+. U-Hall is not one of them. So get those dancing shoes on and party it up...Do you like bass??? more

Booyah! 5/9/2010

while living in chicago & being around a lot of amazing dance spots & great music, it's hard to find places that leave an impression. however, when i was visiting dc a few weeks ago i checked out the bar for some serious dancing & i was beyond impressed. the sound system is amazing & mind blowing! the dance floor is HUGE & there is even an elevated, smaller dance floor! need help getting on to the dance floor? go to one of the bars on either side of the dance floor & prepare to be on the highway to heaven. the drinks i had are VERY strong! last, tittsworth & eastman are the nicest guys & owners of a bar that I've ever met! more

U Hall: A club without pretense 5/6/2010

By Fritz Hahn Friday, May 7, 2010 The buzz: By just about any measure, U Street Music Hall is the best dance club in the region. On the decks: Certified party-rockers who've moved crowds and pushed barriers in clubs from New York to Berlin. Underfoot: a 1,200-square-foot hardwood dance floor that "floats" on a cushion of cork so that feet don't get tired dancing until 3 a.m. Overhead: A top-flight 20,000-watt sound system similar to the ones used in such clubs as London's Fabric, capable of pumping out bass with the aural density of honey. It's so crisp and clear that you can hear the full spectrum of sound, but punchy enough that you feel every beat in your gut and joints. Dubfire (of D.C.'s own Deep Dish), DJ Spun, Nadastrom and New York's Flashing Lights posse are among the selectors who've dropped electro, house, Baltimore club and drum 'n' bass since the subterranean nightspot opened in mid-March, drawing crowds that could look like they stepped out of a Benetton ad. You'll find women in strapless dresses and cowboy boots dancing next to guys in fluorescent T-shirts and jeans and preppy kids getting down alongside college students waving glow sticks. And, most important, U Street Music Hall -- U Hall to its friends -- ditches most of the trappings associated with D.C. nightclubs. No dress code. No bottle service. No party photographers. No VIP areas, or seating more complex than bar stools. Just a huge room with a DJ booth at one end, a stage at the other and bars along the sides. It's a black box theater that lets DJs focus on the music. "It's not pretentious like many other places -- people can come and rock out," said Matt Aruch, a 28-year-old Alexandria science teacher who was dancing to the Pacemaker DJs last week. "The music is different from what you normally hear. It's good, and not Top 40 or hip-hop." But, it has to be said, if you don't want to dance for a couple of hours, or if you want to catch up with friends, this isn't the place. There's not much seating, and while the all-conquering sound system is mind-blowing when you're on the dance floor, it can be loud enough to preclude conversation. (Ear plugs are sold at the coat check.) The scene : U Street Music Hall is the baby of Will Eastman and Jesse Tittsworth, two longtime D.C. DJs who decided to open their own space after years of being shoe-horned into clubs designed for rock bands or playing in much larger venues that didn't have the feel they wanted. "The four years I spent touring had a big influence" on the club's design, says the globe-trotting Tittsworth, who has traveled around Australia with Kanye West and DJ A-Trak. "I played clubs in Sao Paulo that were relatively small, really stripped down, but had such great sound. I played places that were really dark. And here I get to do things I've always wanted to do, like being able to control the air flow and temperature from the DJ booth." The other thing they set out to do, Eastman says, is to book DJs who are pushing the envelope and moving dance music forward, even if some (or most) of the names aren't familiar. "If someone comes to the club and has a great time dancing, even though they say, 'Hey, I've never heard of this person,' then we're doing our jobs, introducing people to new sounds," Eastman says. Adds Tittsworth: "I want to scratch beneath the surface and bring in things that people in D.C. haven't seen." One exception: Michael Mayer, one of the men behind the groundbreaking German record label Kompakt, is paying a visit on May 25. (This year, the Resident Advisor music site dubbed his 2002 "Immer" album the top mix CD of the decade.) And he's spinning for free. U Hall books more than just DJs, though. Concerts so far have featured the retro-soul band Kings Go Forth (broadcast live on NPR), local hip-hop star Tabi Bonney and melodic Iranian punk band Hypernova. This Sunday, the club sponsors its first all-ages Sunday matinee, with the high-energy Brooklyn punk group the Death Set, DJs Dave Nada and Stereofaith spinning punk and hardcore music, and former Government Issue singer John Stabb leading the crowd in a round of punk rock karaoke. In your glass : Beer and whiskey. U Hall has 10 taps and more than a dozen canned and bottled beers, though the most popular choice is National Bohemian, which sells for $4 a can. There are a dozen highlighted bourbons and whiskeys for $6-$7. On your plate : A menu of bar snacks will be available in the next few weeks. Dates to watch : Saturday night features the hands-in-the-air Nouveau Riche electro DJs, who have brought the party over from DC9. Andy Butler, the mastermind of Hercules and Love Affair, spins classic house May 14. Tittsworth takes over May 15. Legendary Chicago house DJ Derrick Carter visits May 21. Eastman's Bliss Dance Party, a staple for seven years at the Black Cat, is on the fourth Saturday of every month. Nice to know : Most shows are 18 and older. Price points : Most weekend nights have a $10 cover; weeknights, free (DJ Dredd's vintage hip-hop this Wednesday) to $5. more

7 bucks for a tiny vodka drink in a plastic thimble 4/11/2010

How do they call that cheap? First impressions The good: The sound system is great, the bar and dance space is very cool too. Drink prices are posted behind the bar. The Bad: 7 bucks for a drink isn't bad if it has some alcohol in it. But at this place they pour your weak drink in a tiny plastic cup. Also the bartenders pours varied greatly, from super weak to a normal drink. Weak, small drinks for regular prices make it so that people are more likely to pre-party before coming to the bar, which in turn leads to low bar sales and extremely drunk people who puke up the drinks they had at home. I had 7 drinks and barely a buzz Lots of very young kids. No place to escape the very loud music. All in all I will be back to give it another shot more

lame 4/5/2010

Showed up last week after reading a number of rave reviews. Only a few people in line so we thought we'd give it a shot. After having the bouncer tell us the bar is "hoppin'" and paying $10 cover, we walked into a nearly empty bar with bored (yet somehow already irritated) waitstaff. Never mind that your expensive drink comes in a plastic cup, or that the club is actually 18 and over (so you have to wear a bracelet and be present if your friend buys you a drink), the vibe was lame. There were some hilarious "dance offs" over the course of the night, but anything that was enjoyable was precisely because it was hilarious, not fun. more

calling all haters :) 3/27/2010

why are folks so hung up on eric hilton being involved with these places? lol he's not some diabolical villainous club/bar mastermind. have you checked the new places out? was the music good? were the people nice? were the drinks affordable? did you bust out the running man? don't like it? fine. go hang out at ibiza or fur and quit your b@*ching. more

@ Periodista 3/17/2010

I don't know.... I still find it kind of annoying that Eric has to open 4 clubs in the course of the year. I get it, he loves music...but it feels like he's dominating the scene and to me, that's boring. I was excited to hear that Will Eastman was opening something, then I found out who was behind it and it kind of brought me down. Also, Eric's may be a "famous" dj but there are much better djs out there, espcially in DC. Good point about the Romeo Group though, I hear what you are saying. more

great venue 3/17/2010

Was there for opening night. Phenomenal soundsystem, simple but well-designed space with two large bars and, for a music club, great beers. Yes, Eric Hilton has a lot of projects, but they are are creative, popular, well0-executed, and forward-thinking for DC, unlike, say, stuff by the Romeo group, recent sad attempts at hip lounges or poor excuses for megaclubs. This place was designed and built around music, and Eastman and Tittsworth should get some serious props. Eric Hilton should also be commended for being the facilitator. He's the most famous DJ in town, when it all comes back to it, and 18th Street Lounge is still a phenomenal and popular place, thanks to him and his legacy. He should get a medal, not criticism... more

same people, again?? 3/15/2010

great...another club by the same people who make every club. Monopoly? Can we get some variety in washington dc or does Eric Hilton have his hands in everything? So boring to have the same people running everything here; but I guess that's what "Corporations" do. more

same people.. 3/15/2010

who open every club. How pathetic is this city?! more

A great time... 3/10/2010

Went here with friends for my birthday, didn't have to wait outside long. Once we were in, the place was jumpin'. The DJ played an eclectic mix and rotated the dance floor as the night progressed. Great drink prices, we'll be back ! more
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A club for electronic music fans run by some of the city's top electronic DJs, with a soundsystem to die for and no velvet ropes, bottle service, dress codes or attitude.

Editorial

  • The U Street Corridor is a hot spot for D.C. nightlife, but this cavernous DJ mecca takes the focus in a different direction. The space was conceptualized by local DJs, so while live bands...

  • 3/29/2010 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    Wed-Sun
  • Neighborhoods:

    Northwest Washington, Northwest, Cardozo / Shaw
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