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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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Great little jazz club in Georgetown DC.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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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 

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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 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 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 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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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