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The Village Vanguard

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Address: 178 Seventh Ave. South, New York City, NY 10014
Phone Number: 212-255-4037
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8:00 pm - 12:30 am
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Sun - Sat 8:00 pm - 12:30 am

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If you want to listen to some jazz while enjoying an leisurely dinner and chatting with friends in a spacious upscale venue you will find plenty of options in New York, but the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Andrew S
Princeton, New Jersey

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Princeton, New Jersey
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to listen to some jazz while enjoying an leisurely dinner and chatting with friends in a spacious upscale venue you will find plenty of options in New York, but the Vanguard isn't one of them. A fixture on the NY jazz scene since 1935, it's is a small and somewhat cramped room, down a flight of stairs,... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful band choices, very good mood with an atmosphere that helps enjoying the music. Reservation is a must otherwise you won't find a table.

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Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of those places that, most likely, you would think is mediocre if you didn't 1) love jazz; 2) know the history of jazz. Given that, I loved it. You are packed into a basement room, and treated to the best jazz musicians in the world. The acoustics are great. Service is polite. Order your one drink, and... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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28 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Make a reservation to make sure you get in. The number of seats is very limited. Get yourself a drink, sit back and forget about the New York rumble and fast pace... Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of this place and listen to one of the best Jazz in the world.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This unassuming, dark, crowded, atmospheric basement is an unmissable experience for any jazz lover. Book online and come at least 30 minutes early for a good spot. You have to buy a drink, but for the quality of performance this is a small price to pay.

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Dallas, Texas
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband is a huge jazz fan and when I gave him the option of going to listen to jazz while we were in NY, he said he wanted to go to The Village Vanguard because of all that he'd heard about the place over the years. We really enjoyed ourselves. The place is very small so you need to... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

I came here for New Year Eve. Expected more to be honest. Perhaps judging it on New Years Eve is unfair as its probably quieter at other times of the year but they certainly crammed them in that night! People in front of people, people without tables, people constantly walking between the tables and knocking seats. It was pretty uncouth!... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Very small and intimate venue, which is wonderful. Its an iconic venue, but unlike others, has maintained its credibility over the years with top rate musicians. There is a cover charge, and you have to purchase at least one drink, For that you will enjoy one of the 2 nightly performances (around an hour each), being chucked out after seeing.... More 

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Odense, Denmark
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24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

Money, Money, Money...I have nothing to say about the Music. ok. A very short Consert and it was clear for us, that Money is what it was all about. Together with all the other jazzlovers we were chased to the basement and orders for the drink almost pulled out of us. A second after the show ended, we were pushed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

I had the wonderful pleasure of seeing Esperanza Spalding, Geri Allen, and Terri Lynn Carrington play here recently. The space hasn't changed in so long that all my old 'recorded at the Village Vanguard' CD's show the same space. It is intimate, 133 close friends, efficient, and friendly. Who knows how they keep this going but it works and is... More 

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