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Address: 2021 Adam Clayton Powell Junior Bl, New York City, NY 10027
Phone Number: +1 917-257-7831
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In 1969 Samuel Hargress, Jr., now 78 years old, opened and has continuously...

In 1969 Samuel Hargress, Jr., now 78 years old, opened and has continuously managed Paris Blues at it's current location in the heart of Harlem, NY. Today boasting 7 nights of LIVE JAZZ with NO COVER, FREE FOOD and GOOD DRINKS, REASONABLY PRICED in his rare place where the high and low rub elbows, visitors are treated to an authentic neighborhood bar and Jazz Jam throw-back experience in which they are welcome and encouraged to join.

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If you have an affinity for a good old-fashioned neighborhood bar (or dive, if you will), this would be the spot for you. My friends and and I just spent six days in New York, and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 16, 2015
Los Angeles

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

If you have an affinity for a good old-fashioned neighborhood bar (or dive, if you will), this would be the spot for you. My friends and and I just spent six days in New York, and since we were staying at the Mount Morris House (and this joint was only a few blocks away), we regularly stopped in for a... More 

Thank 492HappyTraveler
Brewster, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

This is a dive bar, to be sure! If you want to feel like a local & enjoy Bluesy/Jazzy live music give it a try. When we were there some free food offered. They have a very limited selection of drink choices...no Gran Marnier, Amaretto, etc. We had a great time!

Thank Cynhoff
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Old jaunt in Harlem where you never leave unhappy. Mingle with the locals and visitors.If you are a musician or appreciate jazz this is the joint to visit. I can stay for hours when I come here because I love to see the musicians dropping in and playing. Oh, help yourself to a little free food.

Thank mamita646
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Greeted by the classy zoot suit, fedora adorned owner is a thing of beauty. A colourful man. Samuel, proudly welcoming his patrons into his Harlem music joint, dare I say local institution. This place has authentic blues and jazz musicians that play for the love of their passion. The joint's not fancy, but it's the real deal. Go and experience... More 

1 Thank Looking4FAB
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

This is jazz done right by talented local musicians who are just iching to play. Arrived at 845 p.m. and saw only about half dozen people at the bar to the right. A bartender came out to greet us, and we were the first to take one of the few tables to the left. By 11:00 p.m. place was packed... More 

4 Thank Marc I
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We were told about this place by some local musicians. We're so thankful because we probably wouldn't have found it otherwise. Live music is so great and at a small place like this you really get close. Paris Blues has a really welcoming atmosphere and all kinds of guests. The staff is super friendly and if you come twice they... More 

1 Thank Molndal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

I recently was staying in Harlem and this club was on the next block. After a night of high-brow jazz at Lincoln Center on a Saturday night, I decided to check out Paris Blues. I had a terrific time--way better than at Lincoln Center. The place is a dive (I mean that affectionately), a multi-racial and multi-cultural mix of friendly... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

As real as life gets. Every Person inside is a musician. Staff was really friendly and the owner probably the coolest chap I've ever met.

1 Thank Antti J
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Sunday evening around 10:30 pm the bar had 5 people there. I sat at the bar and greeted the barmaid, I asked if there was live music tonight? She said they were on break. As I began to settle myself in...this old dude says..."you have to order a drink if you are going to sit at my bar. Surprised by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2012

Went all over Manhattan and this area place was one of our favorite. Nice to all and very welcoming to strangers and friends. They treat you like they've know you forever. If you just wanna go listen to some good blues, take a chance on this place. As for beer, try the local Harlem brew.

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