HISTORY 4/1/10Founded in 1926, the premier jazz venue booked many of the leading jazz musicians of the 1960’s including Bill Evans, Miles Davis, Shirley Horn, John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy & Bobby Timmons.
2003 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
35 Plus,Bar,Live Music,Restaurant / Bar,Romantic,Special Event,Upscale,Urban
Located at the corner of 11th and U Streets, the Bohemian Caverns, originally named the Crystal Caverns, was a major site in the formulation of the rich jazz tradition which came about in the 1920’s. Opened in 1926 in the basement of the Davis drugstore, Bohemian Caverns was frequented by black Washington’s most influential citizens. Bohemian Caverns closed its doors during the late 1940’s only to reopen in September 1959 under the ownership of Tony Taylor and Angelo Alvino, two of Washington D.C.’s most prominent jazz enthusiasts. Bohemian Caverns is a below ground nightclub that truly feels like you are in cavern. The setting is dark with more lighting in the back near the bar and in the first two rows facing the front of the stage. Seating is first-come first-served so it is recommended that you arrive early to find a good seat. There are usually two seatings for weekend shows.
Eats & Drinks
Guests that come to The Caverns enjoy and savor the rich and tasteful cuisine of a 3 to 5 course meal. Seafood and a wide variety of meat dishes are served in the four-star dining area. While sitting and dining, guests can enjoy renowned table service provided by through trained professionals. Enjoy the delicious assortnment of drinks that Bohemian Caverns offers, like the yummy martinis!
Guests enjoy the historic mansion right when they enter the door. Customers are greeted by pictures of noteworthy jazz greats on the walls. Sophisticated floral décor furnishings, and dramatic lighting, provide for a warm and delightful atmosphere for all jazz fans to truly enjoy. The Bohemian Caverns offer customers over 14,000 square feet of Restaurant space in this historic DC mansion. The second level of Bohemian Caverns known as “The Club” allows ample party space for private events. Come to the Bohamian Caverns to be swept away into another world of Jazz and delight, where you can enjoy music, drinks, and food; what else could be better!
Celebrities that have jazzed it up here have included: Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Billy Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Louis Armstrong, Ramsey Lewis, Less McCann, Miles Davis, Shirley Horn, John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Wynton Marsalis, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, and Bill Cosby.
Mazda 10/25/10In 1962 Ramsey Lewis recorded "The Ramsey Lewis Trio at the Bohemian Caverns." This recording earned accolades and great commercial success.
The DC Jazz Festival 4/15/13Bohemian Caverns is a 2013 DC Jazz Festival Main Stage. Marc Cary play tribute to singer Abbey Lincoln; Lionel Loueke Trio, Alex Brown and Yotam's Brasil Project and more. See you June 5-16th!
The DC Jazz Festival 5/23/11Once the cornerstone for Jazz in the Nation’s Capital, Bohemian Caverns now serves as a valuable link to U Street’s hey-day. This is a great venue to hear live jazz in the city.
Isaac S.2/27/10I'm at Bohemian Caverns every Tuesday, too much dope hip hop! Open mics, cyphers, freestyle battles, producer competitions, everything...