Venue Review: Gypsy Sally’s

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By Jason Herman / January 11, 2019
Gypsy Sally's


Gypsy Sally's

Gypsy Sally's

3401 K Street Northwest (Water St.) 

Washington, DC 20007

(Google Maps Link)

Capacity: 300-450 People 

Gypsy Sally's
Gypsy Sally's

In September 2013, Gypsy Sally's opened their doors in Georgetown to much fanfare. Owners David and Karen Ensor transformed a desolate part of the Washington, D.C. waterfront and turned it into a bustling and vibrant music venue that echoes music into the wee hours of the night.

Gypsy Sally's recently celebrated their fifth anniversary.  In those five years, the venue has become a home away from home for fans, local and national musicians alike. Gypsy Sally's actually has two components, the main venue Gypsy Sally's, and the accompanying Vinyl Lounge which hosts up and coming artists.

This venue has become a home away from home for so many in the Washington DC area.  Like the TV Sitcom, Cheers, this is a familiar place where everyone knows your name and familiar faces greet one another.

Not only can you see exceptional regional and national acts, but Gypsy Sally's makes their venue available to local bands and emerging artists.  The venue has become a focal point of local musicians by frequently hosting Gordon Sterling's Gypsy Sally's Jam on Tuesday nights. Other special events include a recurring Thanksgiving run with DC native John Kadlecik and friends, who pays tribute to the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band on a yearly basis. 

Gypsy Sally's is divided into two performance spaces - The Music Room (aka: The Main Performance Space) and The Vinyl Lounge. The main performance fits approximately 400 concert goers. The Vinyl Lounge provides a smaller, more intimate performance space for up and coming and emerging artists to hone their craft.

Vinyl Lounge at Gypsy Sally's

Up And Coming Artists perform at The Vinyl Lounge at Gypsy Sally's

"Our dream is to provide a comfortable, affordable and friendly space where adults of all ages enjoy sharing great food, drink and music. Featuring local, regional and national Americana acts on our stage"

       - David and Karen Ensor  owners of Gypsy Sally's

Performance Calendar

Performance Calendar

Performance Calendar


To get the latest performance calendar we reccomend going to Gypsy Sally's Calendar.

If you are interested in seeing a show at the ajoining space, The Vinly Lounge, please see the  Vinyl Lounge Calendar.

Essential Information

Essential Information

Essential   Information


The following section details all the essential information of the music space inside the venue.  

 It is important to note that Water Street is directly underneath The Whitehurst Freeway.

Venue Entrance

Venue Entrance

Venue Entrance


The venue is located on the corner of Water Street and 34th Street Northwest nestled between the Potomac River and the C&O Canal.

There are two physical entrances to Gypsy Sally's  -

  • The Front Entrance - at the corner of Water and 34th Street Northwest
  • The Rear Entrance - slightly up 34th Street behind the venue between Gypsy Sally's and The Vinyl Lounge.  

The rear entrance is the entrance to The Vinyl Lounge and is also an ADA accessible entrance.

Tickets:  Tickets are only sold at the front entrance of Gypsy Sally's.  

Note:  If you are seeing a perfromance at Gypsy Sally's and do not need ADA assistance you must use the front entrance.

Seating

Seating

Seating


Gypsy Sally's has ample seating in the venue and also a standing room only area in front of the stage.

There are two levels of seating, one in the central area and one up a small set of stairs.

Seating has full-service food and drink service.

Tip: Seating is available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Depending on the popularity of the performance you may wish to get to the venue earlier to get seats.

Accessibility

Accessibility

Accessibility


The venue is ADA accessible and works effortlessly to acomodate individuals of all abilities.  You can read more from in the excerpt from Gypy's Sally's FAQ Page

Yes. We have several seats that will accommodate a wheel chair or a visitor using some form of assistance: walker, cane, etc. Please contact us in advance so we can reserve the most easily accessible table for you.

As our main front door is only accessible via stairs, we ask that our wheelchair patrons use our rear entrance (which is ramped and accessible by a car for drop off). We also have three restrooms that are handicapped accessible.  Our best recommendation is for anyone who has mobility concerns to call our office at 202.333-7700 or email at info@gypsysallys.com, so that we can ensure that aisles are kept as clear as possible.  Advance notice is always recommended – the earlier the better so we can assure our guests a wonderful experience at Gypsy Sally’s.

Stage, Lighting, & Sound

Stage, Lighting, and Sound

Stage, Lighting, 

 and Sound


Gypsy Sally's has a 300 square foot stage located in the corner of the venue right beside the main bar.

During the Summer of 2018, the lighting system was completely overhauled and modernized. The new lighting system adds significant "pop" and a 4th-Dimension to the music experience. If you have not been to Gypsy Sally's recently, the lighting system is worth revisiting the venue!

Revised Lighting System at Gypsy Sally's

The sound at Gypsy Sally's is quite spectacular and there are no known "dead spots" in the venue. It is worth noting that the ceiling mounted speaker systems are large and they do obstruct some musicians on stage. This is especially present when standing in the main seating space or sitting in the upper seating level.

Food

Food

Food


Gypsy Sally's has a full dinner & snack menu available at each performance.

The following is a sample of their menu from their 2017 Summer Menu.

Note: The food menu is seasonal and items do rotate in and out of the menu.

Drinks

Drinks

Drinks


Gypsy Sally's has two bars, one located at each side of the venue.

  • The primary bar next to the stage is always open. 
  • The secondary bar is only open during larger performances.

The beer selection at Gypsy Sally's is quite large and diverse featuring local, regional, and national beers both in cans and on draught.  On occasion  there are "tap takeovers" from various breweries.

The third bar in the venue is located in The Vinyl Lounge and is always open is the one. (This bar is usually quieter with shorter lines.)

Note: Gypsy Sally's and Vinyl Lounge bar systems are not on interconnected, so credit card tabs do not transfer between the two locations. The two bars located within Gypsy Sally's are interconnected and you can feel free to go between each.

Coat Check

Coat Check

Coat Check


A coat check located at the venue entrance to the right of the ticket stand.  There is no fee for coat check. It is a self-service and "at your own risk" coat check. That being said, we have never ever had any problems or known of any intentional theft despite how many people may wear the same black jacket during the winter months.


Restrooms

Restrooms

Restrooms


The mens room is located behind the ticket booth while the womens room is located at the rear of the Coat Check / Vending Room.

The Vinyl Lounge has a single stall restroom which is ADA compliant.

Tip: On particularly crowded nights it may be challenging to navigate through the venue to the restrooms on the opposite side of the venue. At times like this, the Vinyl Lounge restroom may be the easier choice.

Smoking

Smoking

Smoking


UPDATE: The rear smoking area is closed.  If you wish to smoke you can do so outside the venue on Water Street.

There is a designated smoking lounge at the back entrance of Gypsy Sally's.  The rear smoking lounge is sheltered from the wind coming off the Potomac (especially critical during winter months)

Note: No alcoholic beverages are allowed outside the venue. If you want to smoke, please leave your drink inside the venue.

Vending

Vending

Vending


Artist vending is found inside the Coat Check room.

It is also worth nothing that some charitable organizations like Love-Hope-Strength and Rock-The-Vote set up booths in the Vinyl Lounge.

Pre & Post Show Options

Pre & Post Show Options

Pre & Post

Show Options


Pre-Show

You can find a full range of No shortage of places to eat and drink in Georgetown.  

You can also enjoy Gypsy Sally's a full service dining options

The following is a list of a few establishments that DC Music Review staff particularly enjoy before a performance and may not be known to everyone.

Chaia Tacos
Chaia Tacos

3207 Grace St NW, Washington, DC 20007 (Google Maps Link)

https://www.chaiatacos.com/    

We must admit, we really love this farm to table vegetarian (vegan options available) taco restaurant just a few blocks away from Gypsy Sally's.  They specialize in fresh and seasonal ingredients and food is made to order.

Baked & Wired
Baked & Wired

1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington, DC 20007 (Google Maps Link)

https://bakedandwired.com/

Are you looking for a quaint and quirky coffee shop / sweets and savory bakery?  Stop into Baked & Wired and "Get Baked" with any one of their amazing cupcakes including their "Dirty Chai", "Elvis Impersonator", and "The Tessita" to name a few of our favorites. Be sure to try some of their savory baked goods and a something from their coffee bar.


Post-Show

Going out for a post-show bite to eat or drink  really depends on the night of the performance. On Friday and Saturday nights Georgetown's establishments go until the Wee hours. 

We recommend exploring M Street and Wisconsin Avenue. 

There are also plenty of options available at The Washington Harbour along the waterfront.

Getting There

Getting There

Getting There


Gypsy Sally's is located on Water Street  runs parallel to the Potomac River.  It is important to note that Water Street is directly underneath The Whitehurst Freeway.

If you are walking  or parking north of M Street please read this:

The ultimate shortcut to get to Gypsy Sally's is utilizing 34th Street NW.  This street is very distinctive as it is a small cobblestone street located between The Ukrainian Embassy and The Francis Scott Key Memorial Park.

Walk to the bottom of 34th Street and over the foot bridge.  Continue down the stairs and Gypsy Sally's will be located on your right.

For more information on getting to Gypsy Sally's please refer to their website's directions page.

Parking

Parking

Parking


Georgetown Parking can be difficult. There are many street and parking lot options available.

Public Parking

Metered street parking is available on K Street (Water Street) or the surrounding area. If you are unable to locate a public parking space, there are multiple parking lots on K Street.  

Public Parking meters fees end at 10 PM so you can pay the maximum until 10 PM.

Gypsy Sally's recommends Constitution Parking located at 3217 K Street NW. 


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Public Transportation

Public Transportation

Public           Transportation


Metro:

The closest Metro Station is the Orange / Silver / Blue Line station Foggy Bottom - GMU

This is approximately a 1.1 - 1.25 mile / 25 minute walk from the venue.

The easiest way to walk from the Metro to the venue is to walk straight down K Street down to Whitehurst Freeway or down Pennsylvania Avenue and make left down Wisconsin to get to Water street.

Transportation Alternatives

Transportation Alternatives

Transportation Alternatives


Georgetown and surrounding area on are perfect for biking with bike racks along Water Street. Just keep in mind that if you are heading North, there is a steep hill to get to M Street on Wisconsin (we recommend walking your bike up 34th street that has bike walking ramps to make getting to M street much easier.

Additional Resources

Additional Resources

Additional

Resources


If you need to know anything more about Gypsy Sally's please visit their website.

For answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the venue, please refer to the venue's FAQ page.


Disclosure: 

DC Music Review was not paid, nor compensated to write this review of this venue nor any other entity contained therein. All opinions are based on our first hand experience of this venue.

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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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