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.
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