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Address: 1 Bennett Street, The Charles Hotel, Cambridge, MA 02138
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We need jazz clubs in this town but Regattabar can do better

I've been to the Regattabar many times over the years. We recently saw Ethan Iverson ( of the Bad Plus ) with his new trio, including drummer Victor Lewis. The set was great... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
cjmarkie
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Boston, Ma
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Boston, MA
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are looking for lively, feel the music, move around.....this is not the place. It is on 3rd floor of a nice hotel, and the space feels a bit "tame" or maybe "corporate" is the best word I can think of. The small tables are very close together, with 4 chairs around each table. Other high top tables in... More 

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Boston, Ma
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been to the Regattabar many times over the years. We recently saw Ethan Iverson ( of the Bad Plus ) with his new trio, including drummer Victor Lewis. The set was great. What put me off a bit though was being seated next to the bar. It's noisy, particularly early in the set when they are serving lots of... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Am a semi-regular to jazz shows at Regattabar (get there 4-6 times a year). The space is pleasant enough, and they sometimes book marvelous musicians, but staffing is a constant problem. The wait staff usually comes by just once during an 80-90 minute show, and even then I often need wave to grab their attention. Takes away the pleasure of... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

It's been awhile since I attended a concert at the Regattabar, so the venue's decline struck me more than it might have otherwise. It took 45 minutes (!) into the performance for our drink order to be taken -- this on a night when there were many unoccupied seats. Also, people were talking continuously all around us; my repeated requests... More 

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Boston
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2015 via mobile

Not only does the Regattabar have a history of not paying the talent in a timely manner, they understaff the venue so much that it's difficult to get service while seeing a show there. The Boston area has a ton of venues that treat their talent and staff better...go to one of them. Regattabar management needs to get it together.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2015

The Regattabar is located in the heart of Cambridge's Harvard Square - not necessarily the easiest drive but parking exists aplenty in or around the Charles Hotel. This club provides a cool yet classy ambiance, smooth organization, and excellent selection/variety of musicians focused on the jazz/world genre. The 2 restaurants (and 1 bar/lounge) located in the same building offer the... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2015

I love the room. So much class looking out on the Square. Have been to many wonderful performance --jazz and world music, mostly. And even if it turns out that I don't love the band, being there is relaxing and fun,

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Boston, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2014

Really hate the layout and seating at this place. They do get great acts but I skip most shows there because of the seating problem. I have been to 3-4 shows there over the years and have only had a good seat once. See photo. The band is underneath the lights you can see in the ceiling. As another poster... More 

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Boston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2013

I have been coming here since the 1980s. It is consistently Boston's best jazz room. For about the price of a movie-you can see the best that jazz has to offer in an intimate 120-ish person room. Sadly, management is booking less jazz here and using it more often as a private function room-so check the website ahead of time.... More 

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Stow, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2012

bring in big name jazz performers in fairly intimate setting. Classy atmosphere. Drinks and light fare offered.

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