By Jeff Dufour | May 18, 2016 |
Food & Drink
Forget the WiFi—these four DC spots are getting serious about vinyl.
The scene: On one side, a café has listening stations and records for sale; on the other, a cocktail bar hosts record-release parties and big DJ talent.
What you’re hearing: Anything from hip-hop and funk to rockabilly.
What you’re having: A rainbow trout po’ boy.
2477 18th St. NW, 202-450-2917
The scene: A secret hippie hideaway, complete with psychedelic posters and a VW bus.
What you’re hearing: Entire sides of classic LPs, from Frank Zappa to Neil Young. Yes, you can bring your own.
What you’re having: Fig and goat cheese pizza.
3401 K St. NW, 202-333-7700
The scene: Coffee shop meets record shop, with vinyl curated by former producers at Eighteenth Street Lounge and U Street Music Hall.
What you’re hearing: German techno, acid jazz, or one of the streaming radio shows recorded here.
What you’re having: Vigilante coffee, Rito Loco burritos.
1200 East West Hwy., Silver Spring, 301-588-8000
The scene: Classic dive bar, albeit one owned by one of DC’s foremost soul-music deejays, Paul Vivari (aka DJ Soul Call Paul).
What you’re hearing: Thousands of vintage soul tunes, spread across hundreds of discs on the owner’s custom jukebox.
What you’re having: Nothing fancy—a beer and a shot.
113 Rhode Island Ave. NW
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