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55 Bar

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Address: 55 Christopher St, New York City, NY 10014-3508
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Great but very small venue

55 Bar is a very cool dive bar. Stopped in one Friday evening for a blues band (the Michael Packer Band) and the small place was packed (even after paying your cover be prepared... read more

Reviewed January 5, 2016
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Baltimore, MD
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Reviewed March 19, 2016

The doorman promised places which could not be used, so we had to stand on the way of the bar tenders, going in an out all time. We felt cheated... so we left in the middle of a band playing, Georgia Brown... When we talked to the doorman just said i'm sorry, no accountability for his unfeasible proposal. Of course... More 

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Baltimore, MD
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Reviewed January 5, 2016

55 Bar is a very cool dive bar. Stopped in one Friday evening for a blues band (the Michael Packer Band) and the small place was packed (even after paying your cover be prepared to be standing in a corner). The crowd did turn over in between sets (especially when the band started playing the same songs - we took... More 

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Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

Looking around you would feel as if you were in Tokyo. 55 seems to be hot on their tourist guides. I first visited 10 years ago and it has not changed a bit. Great music, great scene, fun... Was let down because they had no single malts.

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Thank Drey K. D
Burlington
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149 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed November 30, 2015

I must admit when I looked inside this bar, I was a little worried about being in a place with what looked like one exit but ventured in anyways. It was worth every bit of anxiety about being inside smaller style venues that are truly old school. Don't look for fancy here but if you're a fan of live music... More 

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Thank deans44
New York City, New York
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Reviewed October 21, 2015 via mobile

This place is a great dive bar. Very cool place and there is always a good band line up. Usually a $15 cover charge and a two drink minimum per set but that is everywhere in NYC. A price I will gladly pay to keep the jazz scene alive in the city...

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Thank bluesberto
Sweden
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Reviewed September 11, 2015

World class music.I always check who´s playing at 55bar when I´m in NYC!! Recommended a visit! to any music lover!

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Thank Tomas B
New York City, New York
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Reviewed September 3, 2015 via mobile

Really enjoyed my visit to 55 Bar. Loved the cocktails at the bar from a cool, friendly barman. The music was mesmerising - fantastic skill by the whole band. Small crowd which made it even more special! Am pining for good, live jazz/blues bars in my hometown.

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Flekkefjord, Norway
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Reviewed June 1, 2015

We visited the 55Bar twice, first on a Thursday, second time on Saturday. It is a tiny bar, holds maybe 50 people. The doorman (Irish) were just one of the friendliest and easy going poeple we met in the City. The bar looks run down and weary and gives you a feeling that you are treading historical jazz and blues... More 

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Brewster, New York
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Reviewed May 24, 2015

The live music was GREAT!!!! Not exactly a dive bar...but close! The band we saw was really Blues more than Jazz, but exceptional none the less! It has a casual & relaxed atmosphere. It has that earthy Chicago feel.We thoroughly enjoyed it!

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Reviewed April 15, 2015

As a life long New Yorker - whenever I'm in the West Village, after 7PM - this place is a "must check out" to see who's playing. Usually, the band and/or group is top quality. The bar never disappoints. It's a typical small, dark, kinda dreary, old world 30's speak-easy, Greenwich Village establishment (if they modernized the place, it would... More 

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