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“Fun jazz venue if you know what you're getting in to.”
Review of Twins Jazz

Twins Jazz
Reviewed 8 February 2015

Twins is a long-running jazz venue in the now gentrified -and totally- safe U St. neighborhood. Take a yellow or green line train to the U St. stop, and take the 13th St. exit from the station. You're just a block away at that point.

Up one flight of stairs, the club is narrow and cozy. Sit near the stage and you may want ear protection. Sit at the bar in the back and you may hear the servers chattering with the bartender. Sit anywhere in between and you will be fine.

The tables are jammed together, so you may have to do a pirouette to get in/out if you need to go to the bathroom. But... it's a club so that only adds to the atmosphere in my opinion. There's a per-person minimum ($10) and you will pay a cover charge with the rest of your bill; it seems to vary depending on the act, or possibly which night of the week. Don't go in expecting lightning service or a glamorous setting and you'll be fine. I've only been twice, but the act was solid both times.

In short, it's a jazz club with an emphasis on the music, with passable atmosphere, drinks and food. Go for the show and have a great time.

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Reviewed 30 August 2014

Twins is a legendary Jazz Club but we must have went on an off night. It was a Wednesday but that's still not a good excuse. The BMG trio was decent but their female vocalist was horrible. And to think they charged us $10 a head to get in. We left after the first set and went to Jo Jo's on U street where they don't charge a cover but the food is fabulous and the music outstanding. The decor at Twins looks nothing like the photos and it's in desperate need of remodeling. I wouldn't go back even if a legend was performing.

2  Thank leondrataylor
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

I've gone to Twins Jazz a number of times, often with friends. They host a wide variety of jazz and jazz influenced performers – always of extremely good quality.
There are typically two sets per evening. An "early" set which fits in well with dinner afterwards and a "late" set which is a good post-dinner option. I've never ordered dinner there, instead making Twins Jazz a drinks and/or dessert option as part of an evening out.
The venue is up a narrow flight of stairs, something to consider if you have anyone in your group who might find that difficult. They also squeeze a lot of tables into a relatively small and narrow space, maximizing their seating capacity for each set. While this makes for some difficulty in moving around the space when full, it does make for a bohemian-style atmosphere reminiscent of small jazz clubs from the 1940s and 1950s.
There's typically a two-drink minimum per person, so bear this in mind if you have any non-drinkers in your crowd. Table conversation during performances is requested to be minimal, if not non-existent – it's assumed if you're there, you're there for the jazz.
To sum up, I would highly recommend going to Twins Jazz for their primary offering – high quality jazz in an intimate and eclectic setting.

1  Thank Michael H
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Reviewed 5 May 2014 via mobile

The band was just excellent with New Orleans Jazz style, the quisine is ethopian and it was ok. I loved this place which is on U Street the hip place in DC

Thank siunal
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

We went on a Friday night for the first set. It was a septet and they were crowded on to the tiny stage. We never order food at jazz clubs as it is usually disappointing so we stuck to dessert and drinks. The carrot cake was good and the wine was just fine. Very enjoyable and we would have stayed for the second set but we were too tired from touring monuments. Will go back on a future visit to DC. Easily reachable via Metro.

Thank SLKspingirl
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