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Blues Alley

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Neighborhood: Georgetown
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Address: 1073 Wisconsin Avenue, Washington DC, DC 20007
Phone Number: (202) 337-4141
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6:00 pm - 12:30 am
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Sun - Sat 6:00 pm - 12:30 am

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Depending on the artist or group performing, you will absolutely love the experience. This is a small, intimate setting with great acoustics. There are a few "big names" but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 21, 2015
Christopher C
Urbana, United States

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Charleston, South Carolina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The worst jazz club experience ever. The show tonight was not on a stage but in the darkness of the dinning area, where intoxicated loud and disruptive couple ruined the music. Staff did nothing about it. Poor musicians and law-abiding listeners.

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Urbana, United States
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Depending on the artist or group performing, you will absolutely love the experience. This is a small, intimate setting with great acoustics. There are a few "big names" but mostly up and comers. There is food, mostly good, but one will find themselves literally rubbing elbows with their neighbor.

Thank Christopher C
Worthington, Ohio
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180 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Love this venue. Yes it really is down an alley and the entrance couldn't feel anymore like a 1920s blind tiger. I always try to make a night of it here on every visit to D.C. The only thing that has changed over the years is the blue haze of cigarette smoke (which I admit I secretly miss). A couple... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015 via mobile

Booking in advance, on line, is the way to go here. It's a small venue, enabling an intimate closeness to the performers, and to the other guests. Everyone was happy the night we went, to hear a wonderful saxophonist (Elon Trotman) and a terrific backing group put together specially for the night. The food was interesting (cajun i guess) and... More 

1 Thank turneretti
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134 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Such a treat to hear world-class jazz musicians "up close & personal" in this intimate venue. It IS in an alley and would be easy to miss, so buy your tickets in advance and look for the line of concert-goers snaking out onto Wisconsin Ave near M St., waiting for the doors to open. Seating is tight inside (the servers... More 

Thank MomME50
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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81 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Blues Alley is celebrating its 50th Anniversary season. It is the main stop of many well-respected American and international Jazz artists that come through the area. Big names might play Thursday through Sunday. And nothing is more exciting than going maybe two nights in a row, hearing your Jazz heroes up close and personal in this intimate club. Very nice... More 

Thank Chrisjazz
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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27 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

There is something great about live jazz that recordings just never capture. Great little jazz club in Georgetown DC. It is on an alley off Wisconsin Avenue, a little south of M Street. You can see the sign from Wisconsin Avenue. Was there on August 19 for the fabulous John Kocur Quartet. Typical jazz club set up. On the 19th... More 

2 Thank Quality_Evaluator
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

From the outside it looked like a place one would never go into, however, on the inside, it was very authentic. Although the space felt a little bit like canned sardine style, the music was great and the ambience was "jazzy". Efficient service and the food and drinks were decent too. I would recommend this to all who want to... More 

Thank NicoleS_Patron
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54 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Have passed by this alley and that mysterious place a lot of times, but finally heard from Washingtonians about it's real value. For those who love blues and jazz, or simply live music - Blues Alley is a real find. It is pretty small, so I think it is better to purchase tickets in advance online. However, you can also... More 

2 Thank Katherine F
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 via mobile

Blues Alley is an institution in Washington DC, and we were lucky to get tickets for the Marcus Johnson show. What an experience! The music was terrific, the ambience intimate and the minimum drinks charge of $12 per person was very easy to cover. I've read complaints here of it being a bit of the hole in the wall place,... More 

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