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Great music, good beer, a top London jazz venue

This Thurs the Leo Richardson band played a terrific set, very enjoyable indeed. We had not booked... read more

Reviewed January 25, 2019
gary w
Good jazz venue

I went to see Joe Hills Jazz last Wednesday at The Vortex for the first time. It opened at 8pm and... read more

Reviewed January 25, 2019
Potters Bar, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a small jazz place where Dave Holland himself has come to play. It's got a good vibe and crowd, volunteers and a non profit feel. Organisers are heroes for serving live jazz almost every day for decades and worth congrats. BUT this is...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Larry_J_Petas
Reviewed January 25, 2019

This Thurs the Leo Richardson band played a terrific set, very enjoyable indeed. We had not booked in advance, just turned up at 8pm, and it was packed with all tables taken. So it was lucky we got a couple of spare chairs at the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank gary w
Reviewed January 25, 2019 via mobile

I went to see Joe Hills Jazz last Wednesday at The Vortex for the first time. It opened at 8pm and as we were unsure whether we could eat there or not we had a snack beforehand and then discovered a coffee shop underneath the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Wilb2012
Reviewed July 25, 2018

This place is fantastic. Went recently and listened to a fab Jazz quintet, great atmosphere and exactly what you would would expect in terms of drinks. Miles away from any sort of shiny, overwrought city nonsense and perfect for a fun evening. Will be back!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank George C
Reviewed February 7, 2018

Good jazz, but management do not seem to understand the goodwill element. Booking necessitated paying the dreaded booking fee, and agreeing to three pages of conditions. Entry will require a 17-digit alphanumeric code, name, postcode, signature and photographic ID. Gig advertised at 8pm, but on...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed December 23, 2017 via mobile

Visited The Vortex to see some live jazz, the venue was small and everything a person could want from a jazz club. The jazz (though not to my taste) was well produced with the perfect volume for the acoustics available in the first floor club....More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank DJThatch
Reviewed October 21, 2017 via mobile

The Vortex is a must-go for jazz bands and artists who want their work to be promoted in London and the UK. Especially on Fridays, it features tremendous quality concerts, at a very affordable price. Perfect for non-experts who want to get greater knowledge of...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Granuli
Reviewed September 23, 2017

So let me set the scene - the Vortex is a London jazz institution. Formed in Stoke Newington about 30 years ago it relocated to this slightly insalubrious square in Dalston about 10 years ago. The venue is atmospheric, although very cramped and functional. The...More

Date of experience: September 2017
3  Thank Rory_McN
Reviewed August 29, 2017

This small venue in hipster Dalston is an authentic newish Old Skool Jazz venue, Its quite compact which means even at a sellout gig you are still close to the stage and the acoustics are great, as it should be for jazz, you can really...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Watermad
Reviewed April 3, 2017 via mobile

Visited for a Saturday evening Jazz gig; venue is upstairs and fairly compact. Well stocked bar with friendly staff, and great music. I just felt that the venue was way too full- you could barely move once sat down (if you had a seat, we...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank lulucane
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