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Bill's Place

148 W 133rd St, New York City, NY 10030-3300
+1 212-281-0777
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Serious fun straight-ahead jazz

The place is small and tight but the music is fine and full of light. It is serious jazz with... read more

Reviewed 26 August 2017
San Mateo
via mobile

How often do you see a restaurant or bar that only has 4 and 5* reviews...? I'd say never, so I... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2017
via mobile
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If you want to step back into a bygone era of the small, cozy elbow touching Harlem parlor, with live "in your face" outrageous jazz musicians, you must come to see Bill Saxton, international world class sax man and lead of the Harlem All Stars
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“jazz lovers” (2 reviews)
“jazz club” (2 reviews)
“speakeasy” (7 reviews)
148 W 133rd St, New York City, NY 10030-3300
+1 212-281-0777
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Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

The place is small and tight but the music is fine and full of light. It is serious jazz with Bill's magical touch. Enjoyed every minute of the one hour performance. You can take your own wine.

Thank Fulldistance
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

How often do you see a restaurant or bar that only has 4 and 5* reviews...? I'd say never, so I agree with the previous comments made about Bill's Place here. This place is unique, enterprising, and provides the most wonderful night of intimate jazz...More

1  Thank SEiBelle
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Great experience all the way around - incredible music in a historic place. Just like being in Bill's living room. A must for jazz lovers - just go on any Friday or Saturday.

Thank TRWblues
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

Definitely one of the best jazz experience I had in NYC. Unique. I would recommend it 100 times if I have to. If you wanna hear real jazz this is the place. Definitivamente una de las mejores experiencias jazzeras que tuve en NY. Si tengo...More

Thank Greta K
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

The Jazz club is astounding because of its intimacy. It reminded me of when I use to have jam sessions at my house. Yes it is that small. You are right next to the musicians but it doesn't feel crowded. The music is straight up...More

2  Thank Qiitxx
Reviewed 5 March 2017

Set in an old apartment where Billie Holiday was discovered, Bill and three (or more!) other musicians provide an authentically Harlem Jazz experience that is different every time. An excellent night for first time visitors to the neighborhood or NYC residents alike. Really a can't...More

Thank Drew F
Reviewed 30 July 2016

Bill's Place is a former speakeasy with two shows per night in a tiny little venue where you get up close and personal with Bill and his band. The music flows and it is a special little hole in wall to enjoy an evening. Cover...More

1  Thank shewolfe
Reviewed 23 June 2016

Really fun and low key jazz place in Harlem. $20 cover and BYOB. Was a speakeasy and Billie Holliday was discovered there. Also, has a backyard you can sit in. The music was good and the people nice. The neighborhood is quiet and lots of...More

Thank Gladys4412
Reviewed 17 April 2016 via mobile

Super Jazz in this atmospheric byo speakeasy in a brownstone in Harlem - loved it! Book in advance with Joe, and arrive 30 mins early to grab best seats in this bijou sitting room to hear amazing jazz where Billy Holiday was first discovered.

Thank SeemaBennett
Reviewed 28 March 2016

fantastic jazz in a great setting - like hanging out with the band in the basement. this is a BYO place with a small cover charge. the band was great and shared many stories about the location. This is an unique experience for jazz in...More

Thank MaryGMi
As a hub of African American culture, Harlem has
played a vital role in the history of New York City.
Today, the neighbourhood is as vibrant as ever as new
businesses and developments go up next to local
institutions. The heart of the neighbourhood is
bustling 125th Street, where street vendors and
historic landmarks like the Apollo Theater mingle with
big-name stores. Turn down almost any corner, and
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3 December 2017|
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Response from Joseph L | Property representative |
The host of the evening can call you a cab or you can hail a cab from either corner of the venue. It's not difficult at all.