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The Village Vanguard

178 Seventh Ave. South, New York City, NY 10014 (Manhattan)
212-255-4037
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Ranked #20 of 776 nightlife in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Jazz Bars, Bar/ Clubs
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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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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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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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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New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Maybe we hit it on a off night but we were disappointed. I had always wanted to go to the Vanguard so my expectations were high. The venue is tired and musty and the music was just ok.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 via mobile

As jazz lovers and the only reason we go to NYC, this is one of our favorite jazz venues. It has traditional jazz club seating which is close and intimate. We were only disappointed by foreign tourists who talked the entire concert and totally distracted from our listening experience. The atmosphere just screams jazz history and the room acoustics cannot... More

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LaGrange, Georgia, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014 via mobile

Just GO. Experience fantastic music event there. Most likely you won't regret it. I never have. Great service, welcoming atmosphere and extraordinary jazz in an intimate setting. People often think to do the museums or a Broadway show when in NYC, but hearing the top performing jazz musicians is not to be missed if you have the chance. DO IT.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Fantastic night with fabulous atmosphere and extremely talented musicians. Time flew by . Reasonable drink prices too. Great experience.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Wonderful, intimate little space which worked beautifully with the music of the Brad Mehldau trio featuring Brad Mehldau on piano, Larry Grenadier on bass, and Jeff Ballard on drums (the man is a wizard!)

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Schiedam, The Netherlands
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

What was meant to be the main reason for coming to NYC, turned out to be one big disillusion. Even though the programming was world class, it was spoilt by the personnel of the estabishment. Extremely unfriendly, took away what might have been a good atmosphere and treated us, and others, like kids. I think it's time management and personnel... More

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Washington, D.C.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra has made its home at the Village Vanguard every Monday night since 1966. It is composed of many of the top jazz musicians in New York. Monday night at the Vanguard is an absolute must for any jazz fan visiting New York. It is a very popular event so reservations are really needed. Even with a... More

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