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Blues Alley

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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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Absolute Must when in DC

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

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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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

This was my 5th time in Blues Alley and I have been disappointed every time by the service and extortion by the bar. The menu stated $9 per glass of wine and I was charged $12 per glass on the bill. They impose a $3 minimum charge regardless of the order. So 2 glasses of very poor quality (plonc as... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Tucked down an alley just steps from the Wisconsin & M Street intersection, Blues Alley really delivers. When you reserve your tickets on line, you are essentially reserving a table for the show -- but not an assigned seat. Based on the size of your party, you'll be placed in the best available place. You'll get to know your neighbors,... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

I don't understand venues like this. It does not matter if you bought the ticket months ago or minutes ago. If you don't come early, you don't get the best seat. Like every one said, the food is so so. The venue needs a major renovation. Slim pickings for great music in a nice part of DC.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Seems strange to post a review here, as I have attended shows here since the mid-1980's, but since there always seem to be tourists here, maybe my $.02 worth will help. This treasure is now celebrating 50 years in DC, which is quite rare for this town. Just get here, and you'll see why. They're not resting on their laurels... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Wonderful blues and nice comfort food combined in a warm and intimate space - will certainly be back!

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Tirana, Albania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

It was one of the best JAZZ bars haven't been before in US. Great live music, very nice people and staff. Don't miss it ! P.S Make sure to make a call before you go...sometime they have no the ticket. Love it !!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

The bar,the live music ,the people inside,the staff,drinks...everything was great. Make sure you call them for the ticket before you go. I found the real live Jazz Music on that bar ! I love it !

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Akron, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

My boyfriend and I recently visited Blues Alley to see Algebra Blessett. This was our first time at Blues Alley. It has the exact vibe and feeling you would imagine in a place tucked away in an alley. It was smaller in size but seating was configured to allow for as many people as possible. If you come as a... More 

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

My husband and I recently visited Washington DC and because we are huge blues fans went to see Carlos Sandoval perform. He was amazing! We ate dinner there also, the food was good, drinks were reasonable. My husband chose the stuffed shrimp and was underwhelmed. I had the ribs and we both agreed they were very good. Will definitely return... More 

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Additional Information about Blues Alley

Address: 1073 Wisconsin Avenue, Washington DC, DC 20007
Phone Number: (202) 337-4141
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Georgetown
Open Hours:
Sunday 6:00 pm - 12:30 am
Monday 6:00 pm - 12:30 am
Tuesday 6:00 pm - 12:30 am
Wednesday 6:00 pm - 12:30 am
Thursday 6:00 pm - 12:30 am
Friday 6:00 pm - 12:30 am
Saturday 6:00 pm - 12:30 am

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