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Address: 52 Wellington St. E, Toronto, Ontario M5E 1C8, Canada
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This perennial favorite is a modern-day speakeasy. The cramped space -- it...

This perennial favorite is a modern-day speakeasy. The cramped space -- it seats only 100 -- is below street level, yet feels intimate rather than claustrophobic. Live jazz, whether Dixieland, New Orleans, or swing, belts out 6 nights a week. The epicenter for the swing dance craze in Toronto, this is still the place to watch glam hepcats groove.

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Jazz Gem

When you enter the venue which is below street level, you feel that you have been transported to a dimension when jazz was king. Tables are adorned with white table cloths and... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2017
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Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of my favourite places for evening entertainment in Toronto. Music is always good as is the service. Great date night. Excellent cocktails. Make a reservation and go for dinner if you want a table for the evening. Intimate. Depending on the night great for watching Swing dancers.

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Toronto, ON
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Met friends here for drinks and dinner and had a great time. Awesome atmosphere, great music, great drink selection and good food. A great night out!

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Thank McGras_Family
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

We went for late Friday night cocktails, but am looking forward to going back for dinner... I like that there's different bands different nights in rotation. The cover was only $10.... a deal for live music! The place is underground and not one you'd likely happen upon without searching. The service at the bar from the girls was excellent, the... More 

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Thank Suzy D
Hamilton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

Went to listen to jazz and enjoy a night out. Tried the charcuterie board and it left something to be desired. This was like throwing food I could find at No Frills onto a platter and charging $35. It was so uninteresting that I ordered nothing else. The place is full of middle- aged women that can't read the menu... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

When you enter the venue which is below street level, you feel that you have been transported to a dimension when jazz was king. Tables are adorned with white table cloths and candles that set the mood. We were seated at a table that had a great point of view, since we arrived early. The food arrived in a reasonable... More 

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Thank mrscolnik
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139 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

I went there recently for a large party. I was not familiar with this place and was impressed with the overall vibe and music of this place. It is so eclectic - everyone fits in. Our waitress Violet was super attentive. Food was good.

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1 Thank Profmomwithgirls
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017

This place has an interesting vibe and a cool atmosphere, but is very small. There isn't a lot of room to stand, or move, and I was elbowed several times in the shoulders by bar backs and bus boys. I know they have a job to do (I used to be a server and a bartender) but a simple nudge... More 

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1 Thank VacationJess
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 6 February 2017

Some people will not be interested in my big long rant, so I will keep it simple for those who do not want to keep reading - I have never been treated so rudely and chastised in a service establishment in my whole life as I was at this place. My complaint rests on the door man who was the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

The food is tapas so alright the music wonderful.unfortunately we were seated next to the stage.when the music starts all the people get up and band in to while your seated and they don't consider your personal space.i complained to the management and they said too bad.ruined a good evening

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1 Thank scrim1112
Toronto, Canada
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

I was really surprised by this place; didn't know they still existed. Great drinks and a nice selection of starters, Tapas, Pizzas and Sandwiches. It also carried a band and played really cool and soothing jazz music. It wasn't a restaurant of such and the prices weren't bad. My only issue was that it was way too dark to read... More 

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