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What to do in DC: Madam’s Organ


Madam's Organ, one of the best bars in America

Madam's Organ, one of the best bars in America

Here’s the scenario: you’re standing in the middle of DC with a hankering to hear some live bluegrass music.  Don’t ask me why….you’re probably from Kentucky or something and your name might sound like Marcie Jo…Anyway, do you a) ask someone about the location of the closest Wal-Mart b) do an Irish jig in the middle of the street in hopes that someone will start playing a bluegrass tune or c) drop by Madam’s Organ Blues Bar down in DC’s Adam’s Morgam neighborhood?  I think we all know what we’d do…and if it’s either a or b then I really have to question your sanity.

Madam’s Organ has been a DC landmark for almost 20 years now.  You can’t miss it.  There’s a mural of a big, busty, read headed woman on the side of the building that perfectly matches the bar’s inappropriate name.  Step inside and it’s like you’ve been transported to a dive bar straight out of the Mississippi Delta, complete with a well worn pool table, bizarre wall decor, and heavy objects hanging from the ceiling.  The food menu is inspired by the setting and features classic southern fare like fried chicken and catfish, ribs, pork chops, and a mean macaroni and cheese.  There’s no other place in DC where you can snack on a grilled cheese sandwich while listening to Bobby Parker or Catfish Hodge,

Madam’s Organ
2461 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009

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