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About Villain & Saint

On the surface, Villain & Saint - a Haight-Ashbury-inspired rock 'n' roll music hall in downtown Bethesda, Maryland - might represent the polar-opposite vision of veteran DC chef Robert Wiedmaier's flagship Marcel's, the ultimate in fine-dining refinement, yet there is so much more than meets the eye and palate with Robert. Over the years, many have become aware of Robert's enthusiasm for motorcycles; but his true identity is exposed here at V&S as he pays homage to the freewheeling lifestyle of the rock 'n' roll era, with a preferred repertoire ranging from Blues and Jazz, to Indie Rock, Sixties and Heavy Metal. It was lucky he found partners for the RW Restaurant Group-chef Brian McBride, and Joe Lively-who all share that same passion.

As the name suggests, Villain & Saint is a cultural gathering spot that accommodates rockers of all stripes: young and old, with a taste for the conventional or radical, looking for frivolity or hard-core. It will play host to some of the best-known house bands performing regular gigs in the Washington, DC tri-state area. V&S emits a distinctly underground vibe that echoes the sanctuaries of sound where many legends got their start. But it's not a total stand-up scene: there's plenty of comfortable seating for getting your groove on! When bands are taking a break, expect to hear AC/DC, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Tom Petty and "badass" metal on the surround speakers.

Classic rockers will dig the eye-popping interior recalling San Francisco's most famously psychedelic '60s neighborhood - right on Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Bethesda. Funky accents include lava lamps, a pressed tin ceiling and a mural dedicated to dearly departed music legends. The kitchen is serving up classic bar-fare of hamburgers, loaded nachos, chicken wings and quesadillas. And the bar won't be messing around, offering a standout selection of premium whiskies and bourbons, American beers, and a slew of signature cocktails. V&S is the ideal rock 'n' roll hangout for club dining and late nights of music and drinks, with the spotlight on live talent, open mic & comedy nights, and television monitors on the patio bringing the live shows to the open air.

All ages welcome, children under 21 must be accompanied with an adult.

If you are interested in booking a band, write