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The Village Vanguard

Address: 178 Seventh Ave. South, New York City, NY 10014 (Manhattan)
Phone Number: 212-255-4037
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Ranked #204 of 1,012 Activities in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bar/ Clubs, Jazz Bars, Theater & Concerts, Nightlife
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Type: Bar/ Clubs, Jazz Bars, Theater & Concerts, Nightlife
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 pm - 12:30 am

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Coventry
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Everything about this place is as it should be, from walking down to the basement, to the basic feel of the place, good service and just fantastic Jazz. A really great New York experience.

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New York City, New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I’ve been on a jazz binge lately. In the past couple of months I’ve been to three Greenwich Village clubs: Mezzrow, Smalls, and the Village Vanguard. Of these three I would rate the Village Vanguard #1. Easily the most comfortable of these venues, with the better players and more accommodating wait service. While it’s slightly more expensive than the others... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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125 reviews 125 reviews
91 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Came here one night and the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra were playing and it was awesome. For one and a half hour they riffed on and it was just a privileged to sit in the same floor as some of the best jazz musicians played, whilst having a drink and just listening to those notes play. Prices are alright for... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Wow! It was everything I thought it would be. Small and donw a short flight of stairs to the basement and crowded with tiny tables but Kenny Barron - Stefon Harris-vb, Elena Pinderhughes-fl, Kenny Barron-p, Kiyoshi Kitagawa-b, Victor Lewis-d kicked it. Worth every single moment.

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Aptos, California
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43 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

There are some minor issues: no food service, limit choices at the bar (with no draft beer), an old small space. But these issues are overwhelmed by the history of the venue and the acts they book. The best jazz acts at one of the most historic clubs. Prices are very reasonable. It doesn’t get any better than that.

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Saguenay, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

It is my second time at this famous jazz room. Shows have been outstanding from world class artists. Pricing is reasonnable. They pack it quite tighly, difficult to beat the measure with your foot without tiptoeing someone. I guess it is part of its charm and atmosphere.

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Newfoundland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

First time here at this world famous Jazz Club. We made reservations over the phone for the Friday Night performance of Christian McBride and his band Inside Straight. They were recording for an upcoming live performance CD and we were fortunate to be there for that. It is a dive of a place in the west village. Not much has... More 

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Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
25 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

My twenty-one year old son and I took in an evening at the Village Vanguard while in NYC and when I asked him what the highlight of his trip was, without hesitating it was The Village Vanguard. It was fantastic to experience his reaction to great jazz music and to an environment that is intimate and cool. Loved the place... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I went the the Vanguard while on a trip to NYC in June. To put it simply, the place is a must visit for all jazz lovers. I loved the intimacy it. The tables are close together but not too close. Easy access by subway. Great restaurants nearby. I came from Chicago to hear Esperanza Spaulding. Spectacular! A modern day... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
37 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Loved the contemporary jazz show we saw this past monday night. High class New York. Small place, super cramped, musty basement smell in this old club, but phenomenal musicians.

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