The Village Vanguard
The Village Vanguard
4.5
8:00 PM - 12:30 AM
Monday
8:00 PM - 12:30 AM
Tuesday
8:00 PM - 12:30 AM
Wednesday
8:00 PM - 12:30 AM
Thursday
8:00 PM - 12:30 AM
Friday
8:00 PM - 12:30 AM
Saturday
8:00 PM - 12:30 AM
Sunday
8:00 PM - 12:30 AM

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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Greenwich Village
Commonly known as “the Village” to New Yorkers, it was here in Greenwich Village that both 1960’s counter culture and the LGBT movement were born. Famous for its bohemian past, head to Washington Square Park to get a feel for this diverse and energetic neighborhood. You’ll find NYU students, street performers, skateboarders, kids frolicking in the fountain, and locals relaxing and playing chess. Stroll the streets to discover a mix of majestic town homes and hidden bars and restaurants that give this neighborhood an old-school residential feel. When the sun goes down, check out one of the famous jazz or comedy clubs that still packs them in every night.
How to get there
  • Christopher St – Sheridan Square • 4 min walk
  • 14th St / 7th Ave • 5 min walk
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  • Oma329
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great jazz!
    True jazz lovers can’t visit NYC without the Village Vanguard experience. Intimate would be one way to describe the space, but if you’re claustrophobic, you’ll probably want to skip the experience. We purchased tickets in advance and arrived shortly after the doors opened. The doorman let us right in and we were seated close to the stage. In reality, the room is small so you’re never far from the stage no matter where you’re seated and the acoustics are great. Each guest has to buy one drink, but there are lots of options both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. All in all, it was a great night with great music.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 6, 2023
  • James
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best jazz club in New York
    Don’t listen to the negative reviews about the staff! We were welcomed by extremely friendly staff and our waiter who served us the whole night was also very welcoming and nice. I saw Kurt Rosewinkel playing with a quintet and just WOW. Real jazz heads please come here! This venue is about the music and only the music.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Anna G
    Brighton, United Kingdom24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Essential NYC Jazz Experience
    Wow-this place is the real deal !! Amazing Jazz performers in an intimate authentic club, top class musicianship, and friendly service. It was one of the best things we did on our NYC trip!! We loved it and highly recommend it to all who enjoy live music.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 5, 2023
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Oma329
Pittsburgh, PA18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
True jazz lovers can’t visit NYC without the Village Vanguard experience. Intimate would be one way to describe the space, but if you’re claustrophobic, you’ll probably want to skip the experience. We purchased tickets in advance and arrived shortly after the doors opened. The doorman let us right in and we were seated close to the stage. In reality, the room is small so you’re never far from the stage no matter where you’re seated and the acoustics are great. Each guest has to buy one drink, but there are lots of options both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. All in all, it was a great night with great music.
Written June 6, 2023
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James
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Don’t listen to the negative reviews about the staff! We were welcomed by extremely friendly staff and our waiter who served us the whole night was also very welcoming and nice. I saw Kurt Rosewinkel playing with a quintet and just WOW. Real jazz heads please come here! This venue is about the music and only the music.
Written July 4, 2023
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CarolynKP
Memphis, TN110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you don't love jazz then don't bother.You won't appreciate it. It is small, loud and there are only 2 waitresses for the whole place. If you are a jazz fan, though, you have to go! We went to the Monday night performance of the Village Jazz Orchestra on July 3rd and it was the best jazz I have ever heard. I loved every second of it. Buy tickets in advance because it sells out. Also order your drinks 2 at a time because it taked the waitresses forever to make it around to everyone and you cannot buy drinks at the bar. Jazz lovers have to go to the Vanguard. It was the ultimate New York experience. I highly reccomend!

Written July 10, 2006
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Mariana F
New York City, NY1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Friends
The staff can not be more rude!! What happened there last Friday (May 3rd) was unbelievable! I arranged to go with Brazilian friends to the 10:30 pm show. We purchased the tickets online in advance. At the last minute, a friend decided to join and go too. Part of the friends arrived before and texted saying they were already seated at a table. Then we arrived in a group of 5 people with 4 tickets. We handled the tickets to the guy at the door and while a friend was explaining that we needed an extra ticket, another friend went to talk to the friends who were already there. At this point, turns another employee called JED EISENMAN to me and says "What is she doing there?", I replied that she had gone to talk with friends who were sitting and see if there was a free table near them. He: "I'm the one who seats people here!", very rude. He continued: "Can you tell me exactly how many are you?". I replied "we 5 that just arrived plus the group that is over there" and pointed to the table. That's when he says: "Can't you see from here? ARE YOU BLIND?". I was shocked! What kind of question is that?? I replied: "why are you being so rude to a client?." He increasingly nervous said "you know I can give back your money and not let you in?". Meanwhile, the others were still trying to explain to the guy at the door that we needed an extra ticket, we were 5 with 4 tickets and that one person had gone up to the table of our friends. Mr. Eisenman turns to me and says "you know what, I don't like you, you're not staying. Get out and I'll refund your money in your credit card". Do you believe that?? I said "ok, but give me cash. I have no reason to trust that you refund my ticket". Mr. Eisenman gave me the money. The four friends decided to go out with me. Mr Eisenman returned their money with hands trembling with hatred - and none of us was exalted, shouting or anything - and said "take this, I don't care, I don't need money, I just want you out of here, now, fast, get out". The whole thing was a complete shock for us! We couldn't believe how a staff of a music venue could be that rude (not to say crazy)!! Definitely, a place we will never go again!
ps. The friends that stayed in said the music wasn't worth at all...
Written May 6, 2013
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Tiffanypurple
London, UK173 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Couples
My boyfriend and I were really looking forward to our Friday night session at The Village Vanguard given all the legends that have played there. We cannot fault the venue and the band themselves as they were excellent and the atmosphere was great but what spoilt this for us was the wait staff and one waitress in particular.
Both she and the waitstaff ignored us when we first went in and it took 20 minutes to get a drink and even then that was only when we went to the bar itself (it is table service) After that our waitress ignored us most of the night and when she did finally serve us again it was with the huge reluctance. If she really hated members of the public that much, why work as a waitress? In the end we gave up on the drinks and just listened to the jazz. We got the bill at the end of the night and handed the waitress the cash only to have her refuse the money by hand and tap on the table to indicate she wanted us to place the cash on the table. Incredibly rude. Needless to say we didn't leave a tip and the whole experience left a bad taste in our mouth. My tip? Go to enjoy the jazz but don't expect to get a drink or if you do, it won't be service with a smile that's for sure.
Written November 23, 2012
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Lisa D
New York City, NY1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Friends
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 to sit up front.
Written July 20, 2014
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TipATi
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
If you are sentimental about jazz history - take a picture of Village V from outside and that will leave you with better sentiments. There is nothing inside this place that holds up to its history. Go listen to great musicians anywhere else in the city- there is definitely no shortage of excellent jazz clubs in NYC. We spent 10 days in NY going to several jazz clubs every evening- all were truly awesome, except this one.

BTW this review is based not only on my sole bad experience - several of my friends encountered the same problem at VV.
Written March 24, 2013
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jwettig
Brussels, Belgium111 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
This long-time Greenwich Village jazz club has lost much of its attraction - neither the music programme nor the services go with the times! Admission fees and drinks have to be paid in cash, beer list is crap, we ordered a wine (Cheverny 2008) that was not worth the 48 dollars we paid, no photo policy is not in line with other jazz clubs that allow photos without flash (which in any case is never a problem for the artists), unfriendly service - all in all not recommendable. If you are in for some exciting clubs, try Zebulon or Korzo in Brooklyn, or if you want to stay mainstream, go to Jazz Standard in Manhattan.
Written April 29, 2011
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hemingwayaway
england326 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked online to see a jazz trio at the club following published reviews as it being the best in NY. Typical of jazz clubs the world over, the club is at basement level. It is small, painted black inside, is falling to bits and appears not to have been maintained for many years. You queue on the narrow stairs as someone takes your money or your voucher and you are then seated. The deal is that your admission includes 10$ off the price of drinks. The person who seated you takes your drinks orders.
The place was staffed by probably 4people when I went in October one Saturday night. This was the second set of the night. It was throwing it down with rain outside. It was also raining inside-both on the trio and on the tourists-as rainwater pit patted through the structure and onto peoples heads. No heating, soaking wet, we endured the splendours of this establishment for the mandatory hour. Never again. Avoid like the plague, there are plenty more in NY.
Written October 18, 2005
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asarantidis
Greeneville, TN96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
Want to have an authentic jazz club experience? GO TO THE OLDEST JAZZ CLUB IN NYC! When you walk in, you have to go down a flight of stairs into the secret, compact jazz club. There is a small stage with no flashy lights or decorations. Just amazing musicians and their instruments. I CANNOT stress enough how badly jazz fans need to go here. It's a life changing experience.
Written February 3, 2020
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