Black Cat (Washington, D.C. nightclub)

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Black Cat
The Black Cat - Washington, D.C..jpg
Front of the Black Cat
LocationWashington, D.C., US
Coordinates38°54′52″N 77°01′54″W / 38.914563°N 77.031597°W / 38.914563; -77.031597
Public transitWashington Metro
WMATA Green.svgWMATA Yellow.svg at U Street
TypeMusic venue
Genre(s)alternative / punk / metal / dance
Seating typeStanding room, bar seating

The Black Cat is a nightclub in Washington, D.C., located on 14th Street Northwest in the Shaw/U Street neighborhood. The club was founded in 1993 by former Gray Matter drummer Dante Ferrando, along with a group of investors (including D.C. area native and Nirvana drummer and future Foo Fighters leader Dave Grohl)[1][2] and quickly established itself as a venue for independent music. While the Black Cat is most known for its support of indie rock, featured musical acts include metal, punk, and electronic, as well as DJ/dance nights.

The Black Cat's "Mainstage" is on the second floor and has a capacity of approximately 700. Lesser known acts play on the "Backstage", a smaller area on the first floor that holds approximately 200 people. The first floor of the club also contains a no-cover bar/lounge called the "Red Room", and the "Food For Thought" café. Serving primarily vegetarian food, along with some meat and vegan dishes, "Food For Thought" is named for the Dupont Circle vegetarian restaurant – owned by Ferrando's father Bob Ferrando – that operated from 1973 to 1999. It was announced in September 2018 that by the end of the year, the venue would shrink in half and that the "Backstage" and "Red Room" would close, moving into a much smaller space upstairs in the venue due to declining interest from patrons of the venue and Ferrando saying that they are making room for one or two retail tenants that fit in better with the new landscape of the neighborhood.[3]

In 2001, the venue moved three doors south, from 1831 to 1811 14th Street.

The building that the Black Cat now operates in used to be a dance club called The Cage, and before that, Mattos Paints.[4]

The Black Cat is served by the U Street station on the Washington Metro.


  1. ^ "Black Cat Nightclub: History". Retrieved August 21, 2017.
  2. ^ "A Flub in Deed". Retrieved August 21, 2017.
  3. ^ "The Black Cat is shrinking by half. Why? Because punks don't live there anymore". WashingtonPost. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  4. ^ "LivingSocial: Deals Up to 80% Off: Travel, Events, Dining, Products". LivingSocial. Retrieved August 21, 2017.

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