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The Village Vanguard

178 Seventh Ave. South, New York City, NY 10014 (Manhattan)
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Ranked #19 of 781 Nightlife in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Jazz Bars, Bar/ Clubs
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Eldridge, Iowa
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119 reviews 119 reviews
51 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I enjoyed the Vanguard very much. The jazz was excellent. The venue is classic, vintage jazz club. The Heath Brothers performed wonderful jazz and the atmosphere is great! Small, intimate jazz club in a downstairs setting. We went on a Sunday night. We did not have reservations, but still managed to get a good table. Thank you VVanguard! We arrived... More

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St. Petersburg, Russia
12 reviews 12 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We watched the hugely talented Vanguard Jazz Orchestra this evening and it was a bit of a disaster. There was absolutely no sound mixing so the orchestra was drowning out the lead musician and all we could hear was noise It's a real pity - I live in India and love jazz and love the Vanguard. They need to sort... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The greats have alll graced the stage at this iconic jazz venue. Efficiently-run, the Vanguard attracts true jazz-lovers and curious tourists alike. With a zero-tolerance attitude to electronic devices and chattering patrons, the Vanguard is one of the best venues to appreciate jazz in NYC. With it's dark green walls covered in photographs of great artists who have performed there,... More

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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 via mobile

Having listened to the various albums recorded live at the Vanguard over the years (esp Bill Evans and Sonny Rollins) I booked online from London to see the Marc Ribot Trio on a Manhattan work trip. Terrific acoustics, great atmosphere, pretty intimate, staff oddball but perfectly friendly. Don't expect fancy food or toilets or any of that stuff. It's all... More

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Intimate seating in the basement of a Greenwich Village neighborhood building where legendary jazz artists have played and recorded albums....what else can you ask for? Laid back, grooving vibe, nice crowd, and some incredible jazz.

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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We were looking for an authentic jazz experience and my son also wanted to visit a prohibition bar while in NYC or Chicago. This place was a prohibition bar and is still a renowned jazz venue; all the legends have played and often recorded here. In both Chicago and NYC the strict 21yrs + meant that our 17yr old son... More

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West Vancouver, Canada
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Often when going to iconic bars or restaurants you get the feeling that they are mailing it in, collecting your money on past history. Not so for the Village Vanguard. $25 a head cover for the quality of music, we saw Roy Royston, is more than fair value, considering what is normally paid in a concert, plus the intimacy and... More

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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Terrible bar noise ruined the show. If you sit in the back, you will mostly hear ice cubes clunking and the sound of the bartender making drinks. This is after you have heard a lecture about how it is important not to talk so that everyone can enjoy the music. If you go, make sure you get there early enough... More

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Saint Simons Island, Georgia, Usa
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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This is "old school NYC clubbing" at is most basic. It's dark, musty, not well lit, scrounge bathroom and expensive drinks. Perfect for a classic jazz club! If your into polished finishes, ferns, soft seats and top 40 tunes, don't go. If you want to visit the essence of Coltrain, this is your spot.

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Sandwich, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

My son and I visited on a recent trip to NYC. Having listened to vinyl recordings made there of Bill Evans and others we had always wanted to go - we were not disappointed. Most evenings there are two sessions and if you book the early session (20:30h) you are allowed to stay for the second set (for the price... More

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