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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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wonderful atmosphere, fabulous jazz

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Melbourne, Australia

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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77 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 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 11 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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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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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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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 

4 Thank vnagaswami
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 

1 Thank Ann3112
Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 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 

2 Thank Dean S
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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