Blue Note

Bar / Jazz Club / Restaurant
Blue Note A New York standard for live jazz since 1981, Blue Note draws a savvy clientele of jazz buffs, entertainment professionals, and hip out-of-towners alike looking for hot tunes in a cool and classy setting. New York United States 40.730901 -74.000634
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Blue Note - Bar | Jazz Club | Restaurant in New York.
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Party Earth Review A New York standard for live jazz since 1981, Blue Note draws a savvy clientele of jazz buffs, entertainment professionals, and hip out-of-towners alike looking for hot tunes in a cool and classy setting. Once past the... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    A, B, C, D, E, F, M: West 4th Street

  • Phone:

    212-475-8592

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  • Hours:

    M–Th 6pm–1am, F–Sa 6pm–2am, Su 11:30am–1am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Blue Note Schedule of Events

Nov06Thu
The Manhattan Transfer

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Nov07Fri
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Nov08Sat
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Nov09Sun
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Blue Note Videos

Wayna at The Blue Note NYC - April 6, 2012
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Party Earth Blue Note Review

The Scene

A New York standard for live jazz since 1981, Blue Note draws a savvy clientele of jazz buffs, entertainment professionals, and hip out-of-towners alike looking for hot tunes in a cool and classy setting.

A New York standard for live jazz since 1981, Blue Note draws a savvy clientele of jazz buffs, entertainment professionals, and hip out-of-towners alike looking for hot tunes in a cool and classy setting.

Once past the piano-shaped awning, patrons are ushered to one of the blue lacquered tables facing the small stage, where they join a mix of regulars, couples, and music students chatting over wine and burgers as they wait for the show to begin.

An elevated seating area at the club’s far end, backlit by a massive sign of the club’s name, provides a bit more space for VIPs and special guests, which often include the likes of Quincy Jones and Liza Minnelli, who aren't above hopping on stage themselves.

Two shows a night – at eight and ten-thirty – feature both traveling jazz ensembles and experienced local acts playing everything from tinkling oldies to atmospheric acid jazz for an appreciative audience – but though the tunes may get wild, the enthralled patrons limit their zeal to bursts of enthusiastic applause.

Sleek and mellow, Blue Note offers jazz lovers old-school sounds served up in an upscale atmosphere.

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Tip from Jonah:

Everyone from Bobby McFerrin to The Roots and Chaka Khan has played here – and the best part about this historic spot is that it’s still frequented by these musicians. You never quite know who will jump on stage for a set.

  • Crowd

    Successful local professionals, hip downtown pre-gamers, jazz aficionados, savvy tourists, music students, and scene veterans, mid-20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Two live jazz performances nightly. Ambient jazz between sets.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Full menu including bar snacks and entrées.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $15–$70. Appetizers $10+, soups and salads $9+, entrées $16+. Beer $5+, wine $9+/glass or $40+/bottle, cocktails $9+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Nice casual: button-downs, jackets, dresses, nice jeans, heels, leather shoes, work attire.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights for the biggest-name acts and largest crowds.

  • Close By

    A short walk uptown is the Village Vanguard (178 Seventh Avenue South), another live jazz venue with a slightly cozier setting.

Blue Note User Reviews

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Chris K. Nov 19, 2012
Blugh. For me, jazz should be a little bit dark, always; it should be found in grottoes and corners and basements where maniacally-technical musicians burst with art. This is not Blue Note. Blue Note is to jazz what Elton John was to glam--overdone, long-form, big-stage kind of stuff. Blue Note's door is surprisingly hard for a club of its caliber, its decor--glitzy and grandiose, with a nauseating blue theme throughout--is depressing. And at the end of the day, the jazz performers I've seen here were no better than those at better venues like the Vanguard and the Moldy Fig. Really not worth the trouble or the money. Oh, and PS, don't order the food here. Grade-A meh.
I Like This Place
Sara G. Sep 20, 2012
I haven't been here in forever, but I used to go years ago and have a great time. It's such a legendary place that it's common to find musicians other than jazz greats here. If I recall, I saw John Mayer here way back when, and it was awesome. It's a very small venue, and it's in a fantastic part of town. Tickets can often be purchased at the door (depending on who is playing) and if the tickets are sold out, there are tons of nearby places, including Comedy Cellar, UCB Theater, and a little vibrant area called The Village. It may have gotten much more touristy since, and most of the shows I've seen here were meant to be loud so I don't know that I would've noticed crowd issues as I was too immersed in the show. I like it here.
Blue Note is Mediocre
Britta L. Sep 19, 2012
My family and I go to Jazz clubs a lot in NYC, and the Blue Note is pretty famous. However, last time we went, it wasn't a great experience. We were seated in a back corner and could barely see the musician. Also, the couple next to us was video taping and taking pictures the whole time which was really obnoxious. I forget who we saw, but he was pretty medicore. THe venue seemed a bit old and stuffy. Overall, I'd go to a different place next time
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