Venue Review: The Anthem – Washington, D.C.

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By Jason Herman / November 1, 2017
Foo Fighters Opening Night at The Anthem

The Anthem opened to much fanfare at Washington D.C.'s brand new District Wharf in October 2017. This brand new $60 million dollar 57,000 square foot venue is about as state of the art as it comes and is extremely well thought out (aside from a few glitches here and there which we are sure the venue will resolve over time).

The Anthem at The Wharf Logo
The Anthem at The Wharf Logo

The Anthem

901 Wharf Street SW

Washington, DC 20024

Capacity: 2,500 - 6,000 (based on on Venue Config)

Capacity:

2,500 - 6,000

(based on on Venue Config)

Capacity:

2,500 - 6,000

(based on on Venue Config)

202-888-0020

The Anthem is the sister entity to the 9:30 Club, a legend in it's own right, and is owned by the same production company, I.M.P. Concerts.    You will find that I.M.P. will do some cross promotion between the two venues with a major act playing one night at the 9:30 Club, and another night at this venue.

Essential Information

Essential Information

Essential   Information


Cell Phone Coverage

This is actually quite important to know ahead of time.  There is very little, if ANY cell phone signal while while attending an event inside this venue.  There is free public Wi-Fi at the venue, however this network is easily overwhelmed and unavailable during events, especially at capacity crowds.  If you need to make a phone call, your best chance is to go to the outdoor smoking lounge on the second floor.  (More information below.)

Security

The Anthem has a greater security procedure than any other DMV indoor music venue.  You should expect to empty your pockets and have any bags inspected when entering the venue. At some, but not all events, you will also have to go through a metal detector.  Please do not attempt to take in any contraband as chances are good that it will be confiscated or not allowed in the venue -  just enjoy the performance.

In addition to the metal detectors and item inspection you can expect additional security measures at particularly popular and sold-out shows.  You should expect to queue up in security lines to either side of the venue entrance as you wait to get into the venue. 


Parking

As of Spring 2019, there is a good chance that parking at The Wharf will be sold out. As more resteraunts have opened and The Wharf has become a popular destination we have found parking selling out earlier and more often.  Please take this into account when determining if you wish to park at The Wharf or take alternative transportation. If you do want to park at the venue, please arrive earlier.  (More Information about Parking below.)

Box Office

Box Office

Box Office


The box office is located opposite the main entrance of The Anthem in a small structure. We recommend going to the box office to purchase tickets without additional "convenience fees."   The box office is open from 12 PM - 7 PM daily (or until 9PM on show nights). 

In addition to purchasing tickets for The Anthem, you can also purchase tickets for other I.M.P. venues including the 9:30 Club, Lincoln Theatre, and Merriweather Post Pavilion.

Seating

Seating

Seating


Anthem Seating Chart

Anthem Seating Chart.  Click to enlarge.

"Super Excellent Seats" / Box Seats 

Super Excellent Seats:

The entire venue is general admission & first come first serve except for the first two rows of each box seat and the seats directly behind the soundboard on the first level.  If you want to enjoy the concert with designated seats, they are available for purchase at premium prices.  

Box Seats

There are 450 box seats available in this venue.   Box seats behind the first two rows are general admission.  We have found that audience members can have a very enjoyable seating experience with General Admission seating

General Admission Seating

There is ample and comfortable General Admission throughout the venue.  In fact there is hardly a bad seat in this venue.  I.M.P. owner Seth Hurwitz designed the venue with the intention that there is not a bad seat in this venue.

Box Seating Important Note: Behind each box section there are two rows of unreserved General Admission Seating available.  

Second and Third Level General Admission Seating:  At the back of the second and third level of this venue are unreserved General Admission Stadium Seating.  Audience members can stand or sit in stadium seating and enjoy the show.

Drinks

Drinks

Drinks


Bars are bars available on each side of the venue on the first, second, and third level.

At the back of the main level, right behind the soundboard, you will find a very large double sided bar.

On the second and third story of this venue there are specialty carts selling drinks including a coffee/espresso bar and specialty margaritas.

HAPPY HOUR!! If you go into the venue early The Anthem has "Happy Hour Pricing" at the 2nd and 3rd Level bars.  These specials run from Door Time until the first act takes the stage. Think of this as your opportunity to get cheaper drinks AND better seats!


Note: Alcohol is at a premium at this venue but is aligned with almost all other drink options at The Wharf.  A 12 ounce beer will cost $9.50.  You may want to enjoy a beer or drink drink outside the venue before entering the performance.  The Shake Shack, located around the corner from the venue, sells their signature beer for 16oz/$5.79 and 24oz./$7.79.   

Restrooms

Restrooms

Restrooms


Bathrooms are available on each level of the venue

Special Notes:  

Main Level Bathrooms:  Bathrooms on the main level are especially crowded due to the high volume of GA Standing on this floor.  Bathrooms on the second and third floor are not nearly as crowded.  

Main Level Men's Room Bathroom:  If you are standing towards the front of the GA Standing section you may find it difficult to get to the men's bathroom.  There is a bar between the front of the venue and the men's bathroom.  If the bar lines are especially long and dense, it is a little difficult to navigate across these lines to get to the men's room on the opposite side.

Vending

Vending

Vending


 Vending is found in the main lobby when entering from the Wharf Street / Wharf Side entrance.  There is additional vending at the back of the venue next to the Maine Avenue entrance.

Smoking

Smoking

Smoking


An outdoor smoking lounge is located on the second level of the venue.    This lounge serves several purposes besides smoking.  Concert attendees should be able to get cellular coverage from this lounge and also be able to take in breathtaking views of the Wharf's harbor from behind The Anthem's marquee signage.

A View from the Smoking Lounge

A View from the Smoking Lounge

Accessibility

Accessibility

Accessibility


Elevators are available on the Wharf Street side of the venue that transport concert attendees between the three levels of the venue.

ADA accessible seating is available on the second and third level of the venue on the Wharf Street side of the venue between the GA Stadium Seating and Box seating.    

Additional Features

As you walk through the lobby on the Wharf Street entrance, please make sure to look up.  You will notice a beautiful two story installation of drum cymbals overhead.  You can also view this installation close up as you exit the elevators on the second and third level.

Getting There

Getting There

Getting There


Anthem Location

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Car

North of Washington DC:  From I-495, take I-295 South. Take Exit 1B-C toward I-695/Route 395/Downtown. Take Exit 5 for 7th Street/L’Enfant Promenade, then turn left onto 7th Street to Maine Avenue. Turn right on Maine Avenue.

South of Washington DC: Take I-395 North. Take Exit 4 toward SW Waterfront/National Park/Maine Ave and follow 9th Street to Maine Avenue. You will then face The Anthem.

Train

L'Enfant Plaza Metro station is 4 blocks away from venue.  This Metro station is especially good given that is it serves the Orange, Silver, Blue, Yellow, and Green

The Waterfront Metro station is the closest to The Wharf, however station is 4 blocks away from the venue at the far end The Wharf.

Taxi / Uber / Lyft

The venue and box office is located on 900 Main Street SW.  This address will be the easiest address to direct your driver to,

Parking

Parking

Parking


There are several parking options available for people driving to The Wharf.

Wharf Parking

The closest parking option is parking at The Wharf which will cost approximately $26 for 4 hours or more.  This parking lot is located on Maine Ave SW on Blair Alley, one block south of the Fish Market.

NOTE: Wharf parking easily sells out during sold out performances, when all three District Wharf music venues have performances, or special events such as the Cherry Blossom Festival occur at The Wharf.

Electric Vehicle Charging  at Wharf Parking

Wharf Parking has 6 standard 220 Volt electric vehicle charging stations.  The charging is free with paid parking.

Location:  you can find these charging stations on the First Level Yellow Zone at the northern end of the parking garage.

NOTE: IWhen DIstrict Whar Parking is sold out, these spots will be unavailable.  The parking lot attendents close down the parking and will not allow your electric vehicle in.

Additional Parking
*** We cannot understate the value of the following information ***

There are approximately 10 parking lots within walking distance of the venue.

We have found that when a top tier act or multiple top tier-acts simultaneously perform at The Wharf the parking lot sells out.

A map to these facilities can be found here

NOTE: If you are looking for pre-booked parking at discounted rates, we recommend using SpotHero.  If you don't mind walking a few blocks, you can buy parking for as little as $7.

Additional Resources

Additional Resources

Additional

Resources


For more information on The Wharf, please see the following link.

About the author
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Jason Herman

A 24x7 member and Photo Editor of DC Music Review. Jason has been passionate about music since his earliest days and is especially excited about the music scene around his adopted hometown, Washington DC. With over 35 Grateful Dead and 80+ Phish shows, and countless music festivals under his belt, you can find him at concerts around the country but especially in his adopted hometown of Washington, D.C. Before turning his lens to music, Jason followed professional cyclists around the U.S. Domestic Circuit to the tallest mountains in Europe.


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