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The Village Vanguard

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Address: 178 Seventh Ave. South, New York City, NY 10014
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US$ 50.00*
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Greenwich Village Walking Tour with Food Tasting
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The best jazz club ever, anywhere, always

Been there many times, alone and with friends. Always a great musical evening. One of the best places in NY for live jazz while you enjoy a beer or a scotch. It doesn't matter... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Been there many times, alone and with friends. Always a great musical evening. One of the best places in NY for live jazz while you enjoy a beer or a scotch. It doesn't matter whether you seat right in front or in the back, there are no bad seats. Long live the Vanguard.

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Dallas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I brought my wife and son to the VV to hear the Vanguard Orch on Monday night. What a terrific band. Get your tickets early for the best seating. And sit up close to the band for the full experience !!!

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Tacoma, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

During a whirlwind 36 hour trip to NYC, we made the decision to go the Village Vanguard to hear Kenny Barron. My 17 year old daughter has always been a casual jazz fan, but this visit strengthened her interest and she "got" the live experience...that thrill of jazz in action. The weight of the history of the Vanguard is palpable.... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Long way to go to get the briefest of visits courtesy of the doorman who then sent us to Smalls where we could actually get in and have a drink.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Totally worth the line! Hands down it was the best house band I have ever heard. We went to the late show and I can't come up with enough good things to say. Prices are great. One drink minimum with your $30 ticket. They don't serve food so you have to eat before hand but the band was so good... More 

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Maribor, Slovenia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

The holly grail of Jazz. Place with soul and best jazz program. A must visit. I spent wounderful hours there with iconic Barry Harris trio playing smooth jazz rhythms...

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

When you go to a lIve music venue you expect music with attitude. You do not expect service with attitude. On arrival the door staff were rude and treated me like I was an unwanted nuisance rather than a welcome customer. There is so much choice for live jazz in New York there is no need to go here again... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

How do you rate such an iconic place? It is the quintessential jazz club, small- tiny in fact, we sat five feet from the band- intimate and in a funky basement. That we saw a modern jazz legend, Tom Harrell, made it even better Glitzy it is not, nor particularly comfortable or cheap - but hey! Some things must be... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

This is one of those Jazz Clubs you read about. It's a basement facility, very crowded (try and get a bench seat against the wall rather than the table in the middle which are cramped). The show started at 2030 and the doors opened at 1930. There's a minimum drink per person and a red wine costs about $8. We... More 

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Colchester, Essex
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

This is place has a wonderful history and is a great place for all jazz lovers of any age.. The Bill Charlap Trio provided us with an hour and a half of top class Jazz.

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Stretching from Sixth Avenue to the Hudson River, the West Village is one of the city’s most coveted addresses. Full of trendy shops, historic taverns, and cozy restaurants set amid 19th century architecture, this neighbourhood has a unique old-world feel. You won’t find a more picturesque location in Manhattan. Without the traditional city grid layout, it’s easy to get lost here, but that’s part of the fun as you stroll down elegant narrow streets with beautiful brownstones. When you need a break, you can always stop in at one of the many quaint eateries or cafes to soak in the atmosphere, or head to the western edge of the neighborhood to enjoy magnificent waterfront views while taking a leisurely walk in Hudson River Park.
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