Blues Alley

Jazz Club / Live Music Venue / Restaurant
Blues Alley Despite its name, Blues Alley is a cozy little joint that's all about the jazz. Widely popular with a diverse mix of jazz lovers, this Georgetown institution has been hosting live music daily since the 60s, and continues to... Washington, DC United States 38.904649 -77.062357
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Blues Alley - Jazz Club | Live Music Venue | Restaurant in Washington, DC.
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Party Earth Review Despite its name, Blues Alley is a cozy little joint that’s all about the jazz. Widely popular with a diverse mix of jazz lovers, this Georgetown institution has been hosting live music daily since the 60s, and continues... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Daily 6pm–12:30am
    Shows at 8pm and 10pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Blues Alley Review

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Despite its name, Blues Alley is a cozy little joint that's all about the jazz. Widely popular with a diverse mix of jazz lovers, this Georgetown institution has been hosting live music daily since the 60s, and continues to...

Despite its name, Blues Alley is a cozy little joint that’s all about the jazz. Widely popular with a diverse mix of jazz lovers, this Georgetown institution has been hosting live music daily since the 60s, and continues to feature a range of big name and well-respected acts.

The single room venue, located in an 18th-century brick carriage house, is comprised of little more than a few dozen candlelit tables, a small bar, and an even smaller stage.

Preppy professionals, creative college kids, and loads of tourists dine on themed dishes like Sarah Vaughan's Filet Mignon and Dizzy Gillespie's Shrimp Creole, while die-hard fans can snag a copy of the album Gillespie recorded on the very same stage.

When the music starts, a hush falls over the elbow-to-elbow crowd, and the sounds of canoodling couples whispering sweet nothings is quickly lost in the composition. Latecomers quietly belly up to the worn wooden bar, where they take in the ever-growing collage of autographed photos of the artists who have performed at the venue over the years.

A small space with a ton of heart and history, Blues Alley is a no-frills jazz club from an era long gone, but clearly not forgotten.

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Tip from Emma:

You have to order dinner to sit at the tables in front of the stage, but even the bar in back provides a great vantage point to watch the musicians. There is, however, a $10 food or drink minimum no matter where you sit.

  • Crowd

    Young professionals, avid jazz fans, musicians, dapper couples, and lots of tourists, late 20s to late 50s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Two sets of live jazz music nightly.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Jazz-themed Cajun menu featuring muffulettas, jambalaya, and filet mignon.

  • Prices

    Tickets $15–$150, average $30. Late night menu $6.50–$12.50, appetizers $7–$15, entrées $21–$27, desserts $6–$7. Beer $6–$7, wine $7–$7.50, cocktails $7–$10.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Smart casual: jeans, button-downs, heels, sweater vests, dresses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights for the biggest jazz acts.

  • Close By

    Mr. Smith’s of Georgetown (3104 M Street NW) offers live piano music patrons can sing along to until the wee hours.

Blues Alley User Reviews

Average rating:
My all time favorite jazz supper club
marcus b. Sep 11, 2013
What can I say that hasn't been said about Blues Alley? The food is great, the service is good, and the acts are always world class from Hiromi Uehara to Maynard Ferguson to Arturo Sandoval. Always a respectful jazz oriented clientele. Some would call it small I would call it cozy and reminiscent of old school jazz clubs which is exactly what this place is. My only gripe, which isn't really a gripe is that its not particularly close to a train station being that its in Georgetown. But there are plenty of garages in the neighborhood. Plenty of places to shop and eat before and after the show. I'd totally recommend it, on of my favorite spots in DC or anywhere. Check it out
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