Best Venue Food In DC: The Touring Bands Guide
Brandon Wetherbee | Jul 10, 2013 | 2:30PM |
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By Jonny Grave
Jonny Grave will be performing at this Thursday’s UnStill Life museum party at the Philips Collection. You can see him perform in D.C. and pretty much every city in America that possesses at least one club with a stage. And yes, BYT is working on a definitive guide to venue food. While we’re compiling our empirical sampling, enjoy this taste, courtesy of Jonny:

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Thursday 10/27
The Bentzen Ball Presents: Jon Dore @ Drafthouse Comedy
$25.00 / $25.00
The BYT Bentzen Ball Presents: Jon Dore! at Drafthouse Comedy ~~MULTIPLE SHOWS~~ Thursday, Oct 27th, 2016 6:15pm doors / 7:00pm Show Friday, Oct 28th, 2016 7:15pm doors / 8:00pm Show Friday, Oct 28th, 2016 9:40pm doors / 10:00pm Show Saturday, Oct 29th, 2016 6:15pm doors / 7:00pm Show Saturday, Oct 29th, 2016 8:15pm doors / 9:00pm Show @ Drafthouse Comedy 1100 13th St NW, Washington, DC 20005 $25.00 tickets on sale now! This is an 18+ event. ~~~~ About Jon Dore: Named one of “10 comics to watch” by Variety, Ottawa-born comedian, host and actor Jon Dore is renowned for his offbeat humour and unique bait-and-switch style. Dore is a favourite on the comedy club and festival circuit in Canada and the United States. He has hosted the Just for Laughs Festival Homegrown Comedy Competition on a number of occasions and has enjoyed sold-out runs at the Festival’s Montreal and Toronto locations, at comedy festivals in Halifax, Vancouver, Portland and Washington, DC, and at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. From his humble beginnings as the co-host of the cable talk show Daytime Ottawa (Rogers Television) and the irreverent roving reporter on Canadian Idol (CTV), Dore recently starred in the critically acclaimed ABC-TV series How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life) opposite Sarah Chalke, Elizabeth Perkins and Brad Garrett. Dore is the host of HBO Canada’s Funny as Hell, a series showcasing bold and uncensored comedy from the fastest rising comedians at the Just For Laughs Festival, currently shooting its fourth season. He is the star of his own award-winning ‘mockumentary’ series, The Jon Dore Television Show, documenting his hilarious and outrageous debates on life’s challenges and changes, from weight loss to gender. He also served as co-creator, co-producer and writer on the series, proving he is just as comfortable behind the camera. The series ran for a successful two seasons on IFC and The Comedy Network. Dore starred in the stand-up specials Comedy Central Presents...Jon Dore and Comedy Now! (CTV/The Comedy Network); appeared on a number Comedy Central’s specials including Live At Gotham, CC: Stand-Up: The Bonnaroo Experience and Mash Up; made guest-starring turns on How I Met Your Mother (CBS) and Scare Tactics (Syfy); and was the lead in the CBS pilot My Life As An Experiment. A regular on late night talk shows, Dore has the honor of being the first stand-up to appear on Conan (TBS). Dore's feature film credits include the indie drama Gus opposite Michelle Monaghan (Mission: Impossible III) and the comedy Stag, with Donald Faison (Scrubs) and Eva Amurri (Californication), which picked up two awards - Best Ensemble and Excellence in Filmmaking - at the LA Comedy Film Festival. TV Guide Canada called Dore one of the “rising stars of the future” and Toronto weekly NOW Magazine named him Best Male Stand-up. He is the recipient of four Canadian Comedy Awards including: Best Taped Live Performance (2010) for Just for Laughs; Best Performance by a Male in a Television Show (2009) for The Jon Dore Television Show; Best Writing on a Series (2008) for The Jon Dore Television Show; and Best Stand-up Newcomer (2006). He is also a two-time Gemini nominee (2008 & 2009) for Best Individual Performance in a Comedy Program or Series for The Jon Dore Television Show. ~~~ Thanks to our sponsor: More Bentzen Ball shows available at: Stay informed:
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It’s one thing to get paid for a gig in this city. It’s another thing for the management to give you a couple of drink tickets for the bar after the show. But it’s outstanding when a venue feeds a starving musician. This is my list, in no particular order, of venues, bars, and clubs in the city that take care of their performers.

Nanny O’Briens
Cleveland Park
One of my most frequented gigs. The wings and burgers are beautiful, but the Guinness beef stew cures hangovers, colds, and other ailments.

Marx Café
Mt. Pleasant
“Revolutionary Cuisine,” indeed. Try the grilled octopus.

Black Cat
14th St.
While they don’t exactly feed you (food is half-price for musicians– not free), Food For Thought offers delicious home-cooked, mostly vegetarian food. Vegan lasagna before a set? Yes, please.
Jonny performing at Black Cat

The Wonderland Ballroom
Columbia Heights
American dive bar comfort food at its finest. Avoid the Hobo Burger, unless myocardial infarction is in your plans.

The best Texas-style barbecue in the city by far. And they’re not shy about how much they serve their musicians. In almost two years of playing there, my band, four grown men, have not once finished the whole platter.
Photo by Steve Jeter

Honorable Mentions:
Madam’s Organ
Adams Morgan
The grilled cheese and bacon has become the Wednesday night staple for the band.

Acre 121
Columbia Heights
Try their sweet potato fries. They’re good for you.
Hawk and Dove
Capitol Hill
Their french toast as thick as the bar itself. Lovely Bloody Marys, too.

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