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.  Musicians that include  Bruce Springsteen, The Ramones, Bonnie Raitt, Al Jarreau, Emmylou Harris,  picker Norman Blake and hundreds of others by inviting you to play here as well.

Located in the basement of Darlington House, DIVE has a dozen guitars that our guests can play on open mic nights, each one hand selected  to produce beautiful music as well as for its craftsmanship.

We celebrate live music

Every Friday is open mic night. Bands and other performers 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 where the original Childe Harold stage was located. Beginning October 17th, 2019 we will be booking singer songwriters for late night performances every Friday and Saturday evening in our dinning room front window.

Join Us.

Open mic nights are from 7pm-10pm every Friday. The sign-up sheet will be by the stage starting at 6pm. Come by with your instrument or use one of ours.

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 rock icons as 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

and hundreds of other talented musicians.

Rock History Plays Here


Thursday, July 25, 2019
Dylan James 8PM
Facebook Events Page
No cover, only great music,

Friday July 26th, 2019

Open mic 7pm-10pm

Perry Mansion
No cover, only great music.
Facebook Event Page

Saturday, July 27, 2019
Mike Borgia

Mike brings his blues rock to DIVE from New York City. 

Facebook Event Page

Ronnie Rolle’
Bringing the energy with his singing and guitar playing.
Facebook Event Page

Sunday, July 28, 2019
David Massey Band 6pm
Rockwood Taylor 7pm
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Friday, August 2, 2019
Open Mic 7pm -10pm
Headliner:  Carver Commodore 10pm
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Saturday, August 3, 2019
Chirality plays live at 8pm
Facebook Event Page

No cover, only great music

Saturday August 10th
Acoustic Singer Songwriter Johnny Stanec plays Dive 8pm

Facebook Event Page
No cover, only great music

Friday August 16, 2019
Open Mic 7pm – 10pm

Facebook Event Page
No cover, only great music

Saturday August 17, 2019
The Kenny Hill Group
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Saturday, August 24th, 2019
Philadelphia native, Matt Roach
performs at DIVE
Facebook Event Page
No cover, only great music 

Friday, August 30th, 2019
Open Mic 7-10pm
HEADLINER:  Seth Brand Performs at DIVE 10 PM
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Friday, September 13th, 2019
US Americans 10:30pm
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No cover, only great music

Saturday, September 21, 2019
Fanfaire plays Dive 8PM
Facebook Event Page
No cover, only great music


Friday, September 27th, 2019
Red Bullett plays DIVE at 10pm
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Saturday October 5, 2019

Saturday, October 12, 2019
The Minks

Saturday, October 19th, 2019 
Singer/Songwriter Sam Robbins plays DIVE at 8pm

Sunday, October 20th, 2019
Abby Rasheed and the Sundry Collective
Pocket Vinyl
Facebook Event Page

October 22, 2019

Brendan & The Strangest Things

Thursday November 21, 2019


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 on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings from 6PM until close. We have open mic on Friday evenings from 7-10pm.  Performances by musical artists are currently scheduled at 10pm Friday evenings and Saturday evenings at 8pm and Sundays at 7pm.


For information about DIVE please feel free to contact Russell at russell@divedc.com

To book a private event please call 202-297-1434 or email patricia@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 miixer. We have 2 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 Friday
Sign in: 6:00
Play 7pm-10pm
Headline Performances begin at 10PM

Booking info: Russell Hirshon

Located in the Darlington House Basement
1610 20th St. N.W.
Washington DC 20009