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Great music, unfriendly staff

We came here for a couple of hours of jazz and an authentic Harlem experience. I understand that... read more

Reviewed 3 January 2019
Andreas S
Oslo, Norway
Great place to hear some fantastic Jazz and Blues

Paris Blues is an iconic location in Harlem that has operated for over 50 years. Many of The greats... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2018
New York City, New York
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2 Jan 2019
“Great music, unfriendly staff”
18 Aug 2018
“Great place to hear some fantastic Jazz and Blues”
In 1969 Samuel Hargress, Jr., now 78 years old, opened and has continuously managed Paris Blues at it's current location in the heart of Harlem, NY. Today boasting 7 nights of LIVE JAZZ with NO COVER, FREE FOOD and GOOD DRINKS, REASONABLY PRICED in...more
2021 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York City, NY 10027-6212
+1 917-257-7831
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Reviewed 3 January 2019

We came here for a couple of hours of jazz and an authentic Harlem experience. I understand that Harlem har become heavily gentrified, but this place seemed like the real deal, based on the shabby decor and rude staff. I think they kind of add...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Andreas S
Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

Paris Blues is an iconic location in Harlem that has operated for over 50 years. Many of The greats of Harlem has visited and performed in this club. Some wall is decorated with pictures of celebrities musicians movie stars and even Barack Obama who visited...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 74phyllisb
Reviewed 9 July 2018

Based on the night we were there, can't understand how this place gets good reviews. No food, overpriced beer (10 dollars for a small bottle of Harlem-brewed pale ale), and the music had nothing to do with Jazz or Blues. Only tourists in attendance.

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Gram-BR
Reviewed 17 February 2018

We had worked out and were looking for lunch. We entered and were truly welcomed - There were meatballs, rice and peas and collard greens to go with the beers we had, home cooked, and a lasagna came in also - and we had just...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Vagenende
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

Paris Blues is an old school dive bar with great live jazz seven nights a week and into the wee hours of the morning. It's a small, cozy neighborhood hangout that draws in European tourists and Columbia grad students. This is not a mixology joint,...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Dale B
Reviewed 27 October 2017

Really good music on a week night. Best part is the hosts, very warm and welcoming. They offered me food and cake and shared some very nice words. Will def. go back there!

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank APG_Boston
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

Ignore the fancy jazz bars downtown. Harlem is authentic and Paris blues is where it's at. The house band brilliant. The staff are fantastic. everyone in there is friendly and we made quite a few friends across the evening. The music is brilliant too with...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

We loved this place! We were staying just around the corner. We were planning to go there when our 'landlird' recommended the place... He was there when we arrived, introduced us to the owner and the band and we had a real authentic Harlem-jazz-experience!

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Stephi80
Reviewed 2 April 2017

I loved this place. The owner is kind and very proud of his establishment. He has owned this place for 48 years. That alone is reason to visit. I found the the staff and the band to be very interesting people. The drinks are well...More

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank 8la4
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Pure, essential, classic neighborhood dive bar blues joint Friendly, welcoming atmosphere, no cover, no minimum Music honest and good You even get a chicken dinner if you time it right Drinks are pricey, but see above re no cover, so it's well worth it

Date of experience: December 2016
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As a hub of African American culture, Harlem has
played a vital role in the history of New York City.
Today, the neighbourhood is as vibrant as ever as new
businesses and developments go up next to local
institutions. The heart of the neighbourhood is
bustling 125th Street, where street vendors and
historic landmarks like the Apollo Theater mingle with
big-name stores. Turn down almost any corner, and
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Response from LaTanya B | Reviewed this property |
The Patis blues is in what I call a mic use neigjborhood. Mainly residential but mixed with other type of properties; churches, restraints and other businesses, there is s train stop four blocks away. You can call a cab... More