Jazz Clubs & Bars in New York City

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Jazz Clubs & Bars in New York City

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  • A M
    Zurich, Switzerland160 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First time to Birdland and an excellent experience. Booked online in advance and enjoyed seamless entry with a choice of table seating. We booked for the early Gil Evans Project show and enjoyed a bottle of wine before and during the set. The service was friendly and efficient and the ambience was great. We didn't eat but the food served to the next table looked really good.
    Written 30 May 2024
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  • LMNOQ
    New York City, NY112 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    “Back better than ever” says the sign in the lobby. Not really true…. We’ve been going to this club since it opened. It’s now been long enough to find its footing post-covid, and some of the changes I guess are for good and aren’t for the better. For starters now when you arrive- and you must arrive early to get a good first come first seated seat -you must stand for a long time in the shopping mall lobby rather than linger in the far more comfortable JALC foyer upstairs. The menu is reduced and not quite as good, though it does and recently did change. And wow it is way more expensive. The service is just ok but that seems to persist everywhere. But the music is always great and the seating is more comfortable than anyplace else. But as NYers we do miss some of the competing clubs lost during Covid, that had all clubs doing their best..
    Written 8 June 2024
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  • P&J's Travels
    Farnham, UK128 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were lucky enough to see the David Murray Quartet at the Vanguard. A fantastic evening of high quality jazz at one of New York's best clubs. The club is small & intimate but not overly crowded (despite being full the night we went). Service is great and drinks reasonably priced. Our evening at the Vanguard was everything we hoped it would be.
    Written 11 June 2024
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  • Jim Angela G
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It helps to get tickets in advance because Smalls is small. They take walk ons but you usually have to sit in the back. It is not handicapped friendly. It has winding steep steps. They have a lot of great jazz musicians performing there. It is one of the clubs we usually frequent. There are many jazz clubs to choose from in NYC. Subway is the cheapest way to travel there from your hotel or wherever you are staying. Taxis are outrageously expensive. $39 to go 2 miles in heavy traffic.
    Written 19 November 2023
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  • Norbert
    26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Even though Bill has been in Arizona his replacement was wonderful and the whole band was delightful playing great jazz music. We can definitely recommend the place despite the fact that seating is really tight and uncomfortable. We had great 90 minutes.
    Written 20 September 2023
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  • RadioJeff
    Saint Paul, MN89 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    On a weekend away without the kids we wanted an authentic NYC experience away from the artifice of Broadway.

    Zinc was perfect. After dinner down the street we arrived 20 minutes before the show (as the website suggests) and had our pick of the intimate tables. But the space soon filled up .

    Drinks were NYC prices and nothing to write home about but plenty tasty. They add the $30pp cover to your drink bill. It adds up fast but that’s how the musicians get paid and it was totally worth it.

    The basement room is so intimate and classic we felt transported to the 50s. But the music was fresh and energetic.

    One of the best things I’ve ever done in NYC.
    Written 14 June 2024
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  • Katkin52
    Lawrence Township NJ92 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had not been to Iridium mostly because we far prefer blues over jazz. But they have a blues series (is it new?) and we attended a great Charlie Musselwhite concert. Tables are shared (met a nice couple next to us) and are perpendicular to the stage, so your neck may be strained a bit. All the seats were good, we had paid more and sat in the section nearest the stage. No dance floor - all space covered by tables. Clean convenient bathroom. Wine was a small pour and I don't think it was the chardonnay I ordered. The food looked good and large portions, but this is only observation as we didn't order it. Staff was efficient with the checks, slow with the drinks in some cases (the couple next to us got their bottle of wine after their dinners were finished). Doors opened at 7:00 and they give you a little ticket while you are in line, to associate with your check. Some people didn't get the right check anyway. We really enjoyed the intimate venue and of course Charlie Musselwhite is fantastic, and a plus was that we could make an earlier train back to NJ as the concert itself was maybe 1.25 hours which was fine.
    Written 28 February 2020
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  • Eddy K
    Illinois6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get there early to wait in line so you can have a good view of the splendid jazz trio. Great crafted cocktails and tasty food. Cordial service and a fantastic atmosphere. But the restroom need a little help.
    There is a 2 hour max stay - we were allowed to linger a bit to finish our last round of drinks.
    Go with friends for a great experience!
    Written 21 November 2023
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  • cipiffi
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was an Amazing evening with good music.
    Very particular NYC experience.
    The food was not so good but the service was ok.
    Written 31 March 2024
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  • Merby746
    New York City, NY39 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Was ok - THE MUSIC WAS AMAZING—the food is just not good - the charcuterie board is not really a good charcuterie board -4 slices of meat the cheapest crackers you can find and pickled veggies plus mustard - no balance to it - throw a price of cheese on that board for crying out loud! Also the shrimp is like a cup of shrimp! Why? make your food look nice! Just so blah!
    The service was good - we sat at the bar - so you don’t have to have a whole meal - 20$ minimum- but it adds up - it becomes an expensive 1 hour and a half -
    Glad I tried it! Not sure it’s a repeat thing
    Written 8 May 2019
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  • Epicureously
    London, UK1,230 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walked straight into this bar. Nicely busy and good jazz playing. We sat at the counter. People come and go. It’s very relaxed.
    It’s not a big place. Quite intimate.
    Beware it’s a cash only bar.
    Written 24 April 2024
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  • GrandmaJackie1964
    Netanya, Israel129 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a great little museum - little being the operative word. It's basically all housed in one room but what there is, is nicely laid out, easy to read and for a donation of $10 was a nice way to spend an hour or so.
    Written 8 April 2022
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  • desangel
    London, UK76 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just a few steps from the legendary Apollo Theatre, Showman's is a rare pearl in the busy and cahotic NYC.
    An autentic atmosphere can be breath here in this cozy classy bar.
    The jam sessions are sensational.
    No matters you're a tourist or a random customer, you'll feel at home here.
    Written 7 December 2019
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  • Simon W
    London, UK10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    While the signage is good, you still feel like you've walked into the wrong building until you actually see the stage! But it's a cool venue - and kudos to The Jazz Gallery for promoting jazz for all the right reasons.

    The event I saw was an unusual one - with a live septet accompanying a silent film. I didn't know exactly what to expect but it worked really well.

    Their usual calendar of events appears a little less unusual, with some excellent groups performing. I'd definitely go again.
    Written 22 March 2019
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  • KostasTang
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates75 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were taken to the basement and given an option to seat at any of the available tables. We choice one on the second row from the band.

    We both had starters and mains. I had the artichoke toast and my friend the shrimp cocktail. For main we had the steak and the salmon. I have to admit that the salmon was one of the best I’ve ever had. Was delicious and everyone should try it.

    The only issue was my friend’s drink. He ordered half a bottle of Prosecco which was served in non chilled glass which meant that the drink was flat. Also the waitress did not help as she served the bubbly like you do water.

    Overall the service was very attentive there was only a delay on the bottled water we ordered.

    The total bill came to $250 and that included the $25 cover per person.
    Written 13 May 2022
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