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


Friday, September 20, 2019
Open Mic 7pm- 10pm
Tom Hyland Plays DIVE
Event Page

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

ALVEE Plays at 10PM
Facebook Event Page

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019
District Trivia 7pm – 9pm
Event Page
Chris Price performs live at 9pm
Facebook Event Page

Thursday, September 26th, 2019
The Master of Illusion 7pm
(An evening of visual magic)

Friday, September 27th, 2019
Isaiah Jamel plays DIVE at 10pm
Facebook Event Page

Saturday, September 28th, 2019
Red Bullett plays at DIVE at 8pm
Facebook Event Page

Sunday September 29th, 2019
Falling Through April performs at DIVE, 7pm
Facebook Event Page
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
District Trivia 7pm-9pm
Event Page
Mitch Oeler performs live at 9pm

Friday, October 4, 2019
Open Mic 7pm – 10pm
Mike Borgia Plays DIVE
Facebook Event Page

No cover, only great music

Saturday October 5, 2019
Facebook Event Page

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
District Trivia 7pm-9pm
Event Page

Grayson’s Radio at 9pm

Friday, October 11, 2019
Open Mic 7pm-10pm
10PM Friday evening Jam with Ronnie Rolle

Saturday, October 12, 2019
Chirality 7:30PM

Mad Meg 9PM
Therapy Dog 11:30PM

Sunday October 13, 2019
Reese McHenry 7pm
Facebook Event Page

Wednesday October 16, 2019
District Trivia 7pm -9pm
Event Page
Pedro Abel Viana performs live at 9pm

Thursday October 17, 2019
Paul Kurrey 8pm
Facebook Event Page

Friday October 18, 2019
Open Mic 7-10
Johnny Stanec at 10PM
Facebook Event Page

Saturday, October 19th, 2019 

Kevin B Klein Live@DIVE album recording 6pm
Singer/Songwriter Sam Robbins plays DIVE at 8pm

Facebook Event Page

Matt Otis plays DIVE at 10pm

Sunday 11am brunch in Darlington House
Sam Robbins
Facebook Event Page

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

Pocket Vinyl
Facebook Event Page

Wednesday October 23, 2019
District Trivia 7pm – 9pm
Event Page
Janine Goodman performing at 9pm
Event Page

Friday October 25th
Open Mic 7pm -10pm

Saturday, October 26th, 2019

Facebook Event Page

Wednesday October 30, 2019
District Trivia 7pm-9pm
Event Page

Friday, November 1, 2019
Open Mic from 7pm -10pm
Jay Byrd and The Musical Trust live at 10:00PM
Facebook Event Page

Friday, November 8, 2019
Open Mic 7-10pm

Performance by
The Mercy Alliance 10pm

Saturday. November 9, 2019

He’s Not Here performing at DIVE 8PM
No cover, only great music

Thursday, November 14th, 2019
DIVE at Darlington House Original Stage Launch Party


Friday, November 15th, 2019
Open Mic 7pm -10PM
US Americans


Saturday, November 16th, 2019
New Jersey’s Joy Cleaner performs at 8PM
Facebook Event Page

No cover, only great music

Thursday November 21, 2019
La Terza Cla­sse 8PM
Facebook Event Page

Friday, November 22, 2019
Open mic 7pm-10pm

Saturday, November 23, 2019
Chirality 8pm

Lion Goodwin performs 10pm

Saturday, November 30, 2019
WordsInFlight 5pm – 7pm

Thursday, March 19, 2020 8PM
Melanie Davis and Fate McAfee


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