No Need to Amplify.
After a number of recommendations from friends for mellow venues to see live music, I finally decided to scope out the Zoo bar.
Having played in a number of bar bands myself, I can tend to be a bit of a snob when it comes to amplification. Simply put, a bar of this size does not need such a powerful PA.
I think that this would be an awesome venue for live jazz or acoustic sets, but its size and shape make rock a challenge. After about 5 minutes of overdriven mediocre harmornica, I decided to move outside...
Scene-wise, this place gets two thumbs up! Mellow, older (30s-40s) crowd. Definitely a lot of regulars, and I can see why. It is a jeans and t-shirt kind of joint, drinks are pretty cheap, and it is completely devoid of frills. I can dig it.
Great atmosphere to here bands!.
The Oxford Tavern (lovingly known as the "Zoo Bar" to those who frequent it due to the proximity to the National Zoo) is a great neighborhood bar with a great atmosphere and pretty good food!
The bar is small and cozy and a great place to see bands. There is an AWESOME blues band that plays the 2nd Friday of every month (Sookey Jump). Be sure to get there early - the place can get pretty packed!
The only downfall is the parking - it is park on the street or ride the Metro. If you drive and get there later, finding a place to park can be a real bear.
If you are looking for a more mature crowd (NOT old, but NOT college - more like 30s-40s), a great atmosphere, some good food & awesome bands - this place is for you!
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