Way before its stretch of 14th Street became the trendiest few blocks in town, the Black Cat was a destination for alternative music and quirky nostalgic dance parties–-chiefly ever-popular ironic "duels" between pop acts (e.g., "The Cure vs. The Smiths," "Divas Dance Party"). But in addition to D.C.'s most popular bands and indie-rock favorites such as the Dandy Warhols, the Ravonettes, and Ex Hex, the Black Cat also regularly offers edgy burlesque and comedy. The postpunk crowd whiles away the time in the ground floor's Red Room, a side bar with pool tables, an eclectic jukebox, and no cover charge. The club is also home to Food for Thought, a legendary vegetarian café.