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Address: 2021 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York City, NY 10027-6212
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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A Memorable Night

This is a crowded little club with a great atmosphere. We watched "der secret" which seemed to be a house band, consisting of a drummer, a sax player and a keyboard player who... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Ottawa, Canada
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a crowded little club with a great atmosphere. We watched "der secret" which seemed to be a house band, consisting of a drummer, a sax player and a keyboard player who looked like they have been playing for many decades. They took great pleasure in providing good music and letting various people in the crowd play or sing... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived at thurs 9pm, and were warmly invited in, no covers. Bot a beer, corona for 8 bucks, and dug in to the free rice, beans and bbq chicken. Haha its really free. The band, der secret, started playing it place went crazy. A group of ladies was celebrating a birthday, and guitarist started to serenade one of them... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Longing for some good ole' down home blues but you're in the big city? Don't you fret, Paris Blues gives the blues lover just what you need. Nothing fancy about this place, it's for folks who want to have a simple night out of blues & booze. Paris Blues is friendly & fun!

Thank BigMoWal
Fairview Heights
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Throwback juke joint - hope that they can stay in business... Sam the owner is super cool and the blues band was excellent. Don;t be afraid of Harlem - just go and enjoy the blues/jazz music,

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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!

Thank Marijana K
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 

1 Thank 492HappyTraveler
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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