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Paris Blues

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Address: 2021 Adam Clayton Powell Junior Bl, New York City, NY 10027
Phone Number: +1 917-257-7831

In 1969 Samuel Hargress, Jr., now 78 years old, opened and has continuously...

In 1969 Samuel Hargress, Jr., now 78 years old, opened and has continuously managed Paris Blues at it's current location in the heart of Harlem, NY. Today boasting 7 nights of LIVE JAZZ with NO COVER, FREE FOOD and GOOD DRINKS, REASONABLY PRICED in his rare place where the high and low rub elbows, visitors are treated to an authentic neighborhood bar and Jazz Jam throw-back experience in which they are welcome and encouraged to join.

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I first heard of this place 13 years. My husband and I recently moved to Jersey city and enjoy live music. We were invited to attend a benefit for orphan children in Ghana and was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2016
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

I first heard of this place 13 years. My husband and I recently moved to Jersey city and enjoy live music. We were invited to attend a benefit for orphan children in Ghana and was delighted to hear it was being held at the famed Paris Blues. If you love and appreciate good music, good people and want to really... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

Magnificent! Just relax and let the jazz comes to you. Amazing old school jazz bar. Tremendous service. Sam opens the bar in 1969, an everything is so authentic. This is a place with the soul. Best place in NYC. I love you guys and thanks for everything!

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Mannheim, Germany, Europe
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016 via mobile

We loved the jazz, I loved the beer. We would definitely go back. It's a very nice little bar, a short walk from the subway station. I was a little bit surprised to see that they really have chicken and rice for free! Didn't take it though, we'd already had dinner... Bit the jazz and the beer were all that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2016 via mobile

Very nice atmosphere, we discovered this place accidentally, free live and good music. Strongly suggested.

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

If you have an affinity for a good old-fashioned neighborhood bar (or dive, if you will), this would be the spot for you. My friends and and I just spent six days in New York, and since we were staying at the Mount Morris House (and this joint was only a few blocks away), we regularly stopped in for a... More 

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Brewster, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

This is a dive bar, to be sure! If you want to feel like a local & enjoy Bluesy/Jazzy live music give it a try. When we were there some free food offered. They have a very limited selection of drink choices...no Gran Marnier, Amaretto, etc. We had a great time!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Old jaunt in Harlem where you never leave unhappy. Mingle with the locals and visitors.If you are a musician or appreciate jazz this is the joint to visit. I can stay for hours when I come here because I love to see the musicians dropping in and playing. Oh, help yourself to a little free food.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Greeted by the classy zoot suit, fedora adorned owner is a thing of beauty. A colourful man. Samuel, proudly welcoming his patrons into his Harlem music joint, dare I say local institution. This place has authentic blues and jazz musicians that play for the love of their passion. The joint's not fancy, but it's the real deal. Go and experience... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

This is jazz done right by talented local musicians who are just iching to play. Arrived at 845 p.m. and saw only about half dozen people at the bar to the right. A bartender came out to greet us, and we were the first to take one of the few tables to the left. By 11:00 p.m. place was packed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We were told about this place by some local musicians. We're so thankful because we probably wouldn't have found it otherwise. Live music is so great and at a small place like this you really get close. Paris Blues has a really welcoming atmosphere and all kinds of guests. The staff is super friendly and if you come twice they... More 

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