A Timely Message 

Our mission has always been to serve our musical artists. We intend to allow our booked musicians to play at DIVE regardless if we have any patrons or if we are even open to the public. Performances will be live streamed and we will provide Venmo or other transactional information for the performers so that our viewing community can tip, purchase merchandise or otherwise support our performers.

We will follow all recommendations provided by health and government agencies and encourage others to do so as well.

Music will give us the strength in these difficult times.

Feel free to call me if you have any questions or concerns.

Russell Hirshon

Rock History Plays Here.

DIVE is the manifestation and celebration of our own rock history through the musicians who played at this location over the past 50 years as well as our future musical guests.  We cordially invite you to become part of our music history by dropping in on an open mic or reaching out for a performance on your own.

Located in the basement of Darlington House, and formerly The Childe Harold, DIVE serves as a place for musicians to put forth their artistry throughout the week.  Our equipment is for the use of our guests with acoustic and electric  guitars that our guests can play on open mic nights or with the help of our staff on other evenings.

We celebrate live music

No cover, only great music.

Tuesday evenings 7pm – 11pm is acoustic open mic and a general free for all of music jamming. from 9pm-11pm. (Call 301-452-2914 with questions)

Wednesday evening at 9pm: Artist Spotlight

Thursday Evening:  7pm performance, sometimes second performance at 9pm.

Friday night is open mic from 7pm-10pm
Headliner performance at 10pm.

Saturdays:  Perfomances at 7pm and 9pm

Live music throughout the week.
Bands, performers and artists play in our intimate basement space throughout the month, check our Events page or our Facebook page for more information. Special performances also occur in our 1st floor bay window from time to time.


No cover, only great music.
We do not charge cover at DIVE. Our mission is to reduce the barriers for participation but at the same time, we encourage patrons to support our artists through their available merchandise as well as tips.

Open 7 Nights
Dinner and Drinks are served nightly beginning at 4pm with dinner served until 11pm and drinks until close.  Come in to relax and let us share our history with you.

DIVE food menu

DIVE drink menu


DIVE is located within the Darlington House which hosted such amazing music icons as Al Green, Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, the Slikee Boys, Emmylou Harris and the Ramones when it was the Childe Harold. This was the first place the Ramones played in Washington DC in 1976 and Bruce’s 3 night gig in 1973 for $750 represents just one of the many artists that either began their career or had an early start at this address.  Bruce’s performances are documented in the contracts that are proudly displayed on our wall.

DIVE represents almost 50 years of rock history in our collection of electric guitars and rock photography acquired from The Govinda Gallery. Our aim to be a place for aspiring and established musicians to play in front of appreciative audiences as well as an environment that is as casual as your own home.  Open microphone night is every Friday with slot sign ups beginning at 7pm and currently ending at 10pm. Live music is listed on our event page.

Dinner is served nightly from 4pm until 10pm. Until 11pm on Friday and Saturdays.

DIVE food menu

DIVE drink menu

Born from music, an oasis for musicians and home of great performances.

Rock History Plays Here.

Rock History Plays Here

WHFS DJ Cerphe Colwell chronicled his time spent with Bruce Springsteen and Bruce’s performance at our location in his book Cerphe’s Up. His story is our  history and we are thrilled that he celebrated with a book signing event at DIVE on February 21, 2019.

Among the music legends chronicled to have played here are:

Al Jarreau
Al Green
Bad Brains
Billy Price
Billy Hancock
Bob “Catfish” Hodge
Bonnie Raitt
Bruce Springsteen Band (May 24-26, 1973)
David Sanborn
Earl Scruggs
Emmylou Harris
Four out of Five Doctors
George Thorogood
Jr. Cline and the Recliners
Juice Newton
Insect Surfers
Larry Gatlin
Little River Band
John Denver
Pat Metheny
Root Boy Slim
Tex Rubinowitz
The Coasters
The Nighthawks
The Persuasions
The Ramones (10/24/1976)
Slickee Boys
Southside Johnny
Steve Miller
Teresa Gunn Group
Tex Rubinowitz
Warner Williams (1/24/2020)

and hundreds of other talented musicians.

Rock History Plays Here


(Questions about all performances or events: Russ 301-452-2914

While DIVE is currently closed for live performances, we will share live streams of performers whenever possible. Scheduled online performances will be on our events page on FACEBOOK.

Thursday, June 25th
Postponed   Scott and Jen Smith
Friday, June 26th
Postponed.   Tropic Vibez 10PM
June 27, 2020
Postponed Trae Sheehan 7pm
Postponed  Chris Timbers 9PM


Thursday, July 9, 2020

Hannah Jaye  

Saturday, July 11, 2020
Postponed  SOLIA 8pm
Postponed  Emma G 9:30


DIVE is located in the basement of Darlington House at 1610 20th St. N.W., Washington DC 20009. We are open 7 nights a week and accessible by walking 100 feet north from the METRO red line Dupont Circle North exit and even easier by Uber or Lyft.  We are open from 4pm daily and have DJs Saturday evenings late until close. We have open mic on Friday evenings from 7-10pm.  Performances by musical artists are currently scheduled throughout the week, check our events page for dates and times.


For information about DIVE, Open Mic, booking events or upcoming events please feel free to contact Russell at russell@divedc.com

Open mic is every Friday evening.  Sign up begins at 6:00 pm by the basement stage each Friday or email us with questions. Sets take place from 7pm until 10pm with 3 song maximum or 15 minutes. We welcome solo musicians, guitarists, singers, small groups and creative types.  Bring your instruments and cables and plug into our Bose L1 ll, 8 channel mixer. We have 3 mics and stands, choice of a dozen guitars off of our walls, and a drum kit. Feel free to reach out with additional questions.

Open Mic Every Tuesday

Open Mic Every Friday
Sign in: 6:00
Play 6pm-10pm
Headline Performances begin at 10PM

Located in the Darlington House Basement
1610 20th St. N.W.

Washington DC 20009

(Russell) 301-452-2915