Bethesda Blues and Jazz
7719 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
240.330.4500 Mon-Fri 12-8pm
Bethesda Blues & Jazz kindly requests that, out of respect to the performers and fellow patrons, conversation be kept to an absolute minimum, and voices kept to a whisper, while artists are on stage.
What is Bethesda Blues & Jazz? Where are you located?
Bethesda Blues & Jazz is a supper club that provides excellent food and fabulous live entertainment seven nights a week. We are located in the historic Bethesda Theatre, on Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda, MD.
What are the seating arrangements at Bethesda Blues & Jazz?
There are two types of seating in the room: seating in the dining area, and seating in the stadium-style theater seats. Both have a full view of the stage, and the price of admission is the same for both. There is seating for 300 in the dining area, and seating for 200 in the theater seats. The dining area is adjacent to the stage, and the theater seating is behind the dining area. There is also a 40' bar, but there is no view of the stage from the bar.
How do I buy a ticket?
Tickets are available through the Music Calendar on the left-hand side of our website. Under the name of the artist, click 'Buy Tickets,' and follow the instructions to purchase tickets. The page where you purchase tickets has a picture of the way the room is laid out. The stage is at the bottom of the page. The dining area is represented as a rectangle adjacent to the stage. The theater seating is behind the dining area.
When should I arrive for dinner in the dining area?
Doors are opened for dinner two hours before the posted show time, and you may arrive to dine any time after that. You may order from the menu and begin your meal as soon as you arrive. Early arrivals have a larger selection of seats and have more time to enjoy their meal, allowing them to focus solely on the performance when it begins.
Can I reserve a table?
No. Seating arrangements in the Dining Area are not pre-assigned, and tickets for the dining area are sold as general admission. A ticket for the dining area counts as a reservation for a seat at a table, not as a reservation for an entire table. As a result, if you arrive late your party may not be able to be seated together. In the Dining Area, there are 2-top, 4-top, and 6-top tables available to accommodate parties of various sizes. Arriving early will ensure that you have the greatest number of available seating options, and that you will be seated at a table that fits the size of your party.
How much does it cost to sit in the dining area?
There will be a $15 per person minimum charge for food and drink in the dining area, which is in addition to the price of admission. The $15 per person minimum can be applied to any food or drink on the menu.
What's the deal with theater seating?
Tickets for theater seats are pre-assigned, and are made available only when all the tickets for the dining area are sold out. If you have a ticket for the theater seating and would like to have dinner as well, dinner will be made available at the bar before the show begins. Dining at the bar will end promptly when the show begins. Eating or drinking in the theater seating is not permitted.
What's on the menu?
Our menu consists of a blend of traditional Creole/Cajun cuisine, which includes jambalaya, gumbo, and beignets, as well as classic Continental fare, such as prime rib, salmon, crab cakes, and gnocchi. The full menu is available here. We do have gluten-free offerings, including calamari, salads, many main dishes, and a chocolate torte for dessert. We also have vegetarian offerings, which include mushroom beignets, salads, gnocchi, and vegetarian scampi.
What's the deal with Sunday Brunch?
Sunday Brunch starts at 10 AM and ends at 2 PM. Janine Gilbert-Carter Quartet begins playing at 10:30. The $35 cover applies both to admission and the brunch, and includes one complimentary mimosa per person. Please see our Dining page for the brunch menu.
Are there group rates? Can I make group reservations?
No, there are no special rates for groups. Because seating in the dining area is done in a first-come, first-served manner, we do not reserve tables for groups in advance.
Is the Club wheelchair accessible?
Yes! The music room is fully handicap-accessible, and there is a handicap-accessible bathroom located adjacent to the bar and lounge area.
Is there an age limit?
Everyone over the age of 5 is welcome to every show.
Is there a dress code?
We suggest business casual.
Is there a dance floor?
Yes, there is a 1,380 square foot hardwood dance floor. It is trapezoid-shaped and is sprung with 1/8" cork. The dance floor is cleared of tables only for nights that are specifically labeled 'dance nights,' i.e. 'Latin Dance Night,' or 'Swing Dance Night.'
Is parking available?
There is a 340-car public parking garage right around the corner from us. Please see Location/Parking for details
Photography and audio/video recording are not permitted.
Smoking is not permitted.
Whom do I contact about booking acts at the Club?
Please contact James Bazen for local booking. He can be reached via email at email@example.com.