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Alto Jazz Cafe

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Neighborhood: Stadsdeel Zuid
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Address: Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 115 | Grachtengordel: East, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 626 3249
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9:00 pm - 3:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 9:00 pm - 3:00 am
Fri - Sat 9:00 pm - 4:00 am

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Fantastic small venue music

I loved this intimate venue and the top quality jazz music. The bar server was very friendly and the whole atmosphere was relaxed and yet enthusiastic. Amazing that live music... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Jacqueline H
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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I loved this intimate venue and the top quality jazz music. The bar server was very friendly and the whole atmosphere was relaxed and yet enthusiastic. Amazing that live music is played every evening and no cover charge to get in. A real musical gem of a place.

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We managed to catch the Amsterdam Saints, who were phenomenal. Amazing atmosphere and table service. Truly one of the coolest places on earth. An absolute must visit if you're in Amsterdam.

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Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

I went for the second time in this club and i love it. Its just my type of listening to live jazz, The place is small, dark, nice atmosphere and interior. You can get up and dance next to your table or just sit, relax and enjoy the music. Both time i was there they had great live bands.

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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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88 reviews 88 reviews
14 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015 via mobile

It is easy to miss this cafe, and it is an odd shape for a music venue - long and thin. It is a bit scruffy, but the atmosphere and the music wasn't bad.

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Salinas, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Being in Amsterdam for the New Year had been highly touted to us. The fireworks, the crowds, the noise! But where to spend a few hours before the fireworks at midnight? We were staying a few streets over from Alto, and it was a good choice. Although the 10 euro cover was a surprise, the drinks were reasonable and the... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015 via mobile

Have been to Cafe Alto ever since I moved to Amsterdam fourteen years ago. And it is still one of the oldest running jazz cafes in town. Tonight I heard my friend Olaf Keus (drummer/bandleader) play with his quintet. The band played well and the audience applauded at the right moments! The place was still pretty packed when I left... More 

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Andover, Massachusetts
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

My hotel sent us there, Wednesday night regular band is the Greenfield5Tet who are superb. Great music from outstanding musicians, everyone is first rate. Music only no singer the night we went. No cover charge, drinks are very reasonable and the sound is great. I have been to clubs all over the world and this one, with this band, is... More 

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Leuven, Belgium
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51 reviews 51 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

A realy cool place to hang out! First you enjoy a beer/drink while you listen to a live show and after many, many more delicious Belgian beers you meet lots of International people! Love this place!

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We had heard good things of the venue so we decided to check it out on our trip. The astmosphere in the place was pleasant even before the band started, but it turned almost rowdy (by a jazz gig standards anyway) after the band started. Good acoustics and a decent beer selection make Cafe Alto a worthwhile place for anyone... More 

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Milan, Italy
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014 via mobile

The place has a fantastic atmosphere. There I found a quintet of young but very talented musicians that really warmed up the audience. On the bad side, the place is small and I was there on Saturday and I had to stand for a while. The entrance ticket was 5 euros, but the drinks inside were quite cheap (3 euros... More 

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