34 Restaurants Where You Can Catch Live Music

Plenty of great performances are happening each week on this side of the Potomac.

Clare and Don’s Beach Shack (Facebook photo)

Clare & Don’s Beach Shack

Where: 130 N. Washington St., Falls Church City

When: Thursdays (through October), Fridays and Saturdays 6-9 p.m.

Sounds Like: Varies, including reggae, bluegrass, acoustic, funk, rock

Cover Charge: None

This seafood-heavy and vegetarian-friendly Falls Church joint (cheekily named as a nod to Clarendon, its former home) offers a wide variety of live music. Follow them on Facebook to see who’s next on the bill.

Cloud Lounge

Where: 2525 Lee Highway, Arlington (Lyon Village)

When: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Sounds Like: Arabic

Cover Charge: $20 minimum

While it doesn’t serve alcohol, Cloud Lounge serves plenty of other vices—caffeine, tobacco and chocolate included. For info on upcoming performances at this hookah haven, which recently celebrated its fifth anniversary, give them a call.

Courthaus Social

Where: 2300 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington (Court House)

When: Last Saturday of the month, 9 p.m.-Midnight

Sounds Like: Varies

Cover Charge: Occasionally

The music at this beer garden is pretty eclectic, including cover bands and bluesy outfits. Keep an eye on their Facebook for the latest.

The Cowboy Cafe

Where: 4792 Lee Highway, Arlington

When: Fridays or Saturdays, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. (twice monthly)

Sounds Like: Varies

Cover Charge: None

Expect folk, rock, pop covers and more at this Lee Highway dive bar, known for burgers and Western iconography. Call for updates on who’s playing.


Where:2719 Wilson Blvd., Arlington (Clarendon)

When: Fridays and Saturdays, 8-10 p.m.

Sounds Like: Acoustic

Cover Charge: None

Why can’t a co-working space also double as a concert venue? This does just that. Catch solo artists and small groups twice weekly, with an occasional open mic thrown in. Check their Facebook page for what’s coming next.

Categories: Arts & Entertainment