Great Bars 2011: Rock & Roll Hotel

With winged guitars flying across the ceiling and a hodgepodge of vintage couches lining the side rooms, this gritty two-story music space seems miles away from buttoned-up Washington. Free DJ dance nights at the upstairs bar bang out songs you can sing along to, but the venue’s hipster flag flies highest at quirky events such as dirty-word spelling bees, Twin Peaks parties, and indie concerts by the barrelful. The cover charge for live music varies.

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