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Paris Blues

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Address: 2021 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York City, NY 10027-6212
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+1 917-257-7831

In 1969 Samuel Hargress, Jr., now 78 years old, opened and has continuously...

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 his rare place where the high and low rub elbows, visitors are treated to an authentic neighborhood bar and Jazz Jam throw-back experience in which they are welcome and encouraged to join.

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Jazz Lovers Must Visit

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... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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101 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 made and they don't skimp on the liquor. There is no cover and there is... More 

Thank 8la4
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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

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Reviewed 2 December 2016

My friend and I was walking down 7th Ave looking for a place to eat when we discovered Paris Blue. There was this dapper man standing outside who reminded me of my father. We told him we were looking for a place to eat.Go on in and fix yourself a plate he said.Who besides family makes you feel this welcome,so... More 

Thank Irma M
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

This truly was such a find. Paris Blues is such an intimate venue, and so full of soul. We felt privileged to be there and were welcomed so warmly. It has such a fantastic community atmosphere yet each and every regular there were so genuinely friendly. The music is just amazing, and the musicians are so skilled and varied in... More 

Thank Emily K
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2016

This will go down is my memory as a perfect night...in fact we stayed until they closed so it was also a perfect morning. We did not know what to expect, but given the 'dive' atmosphere and no cover charge,our expectations were modest. But for the quality of the music, entertainment value, and the people we met, it could have... More 

Thank Paulaw6qci
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2016

For many years I have wanted to visit Harlem and take in an old Blues or Jazz club, and Paris Blues delivered the experience that I had been looking for. Yes the club is old, yes the club is small and a little tatty around the edges, but it is great and will hopefully never try to change itself to... More 

Thank Simon R
Ottawa, Canada
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143 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2016

This is a crowded little club with a great atmosphere. We watched "der secret" which seemed to be a house band, consisting of a drummer, a sax player and a keyboard player who looked like they have been playing for many decades. They took great pleasure in providing good music and letting various people in the crowd play or sing... More 

Thank Hawkhardt
Singapore, Singapore
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

We arrived at thurs 9pm, and were warmly invited in, no covers. Bot a beer, corona for 8 bucks, and dug in to the free rice, beans and bbq chicken. Haha its really free. The band, der secret, started playing it place went crazy. A group of ladies was celebrating a birthday, and guitarist started to serenade one of them... More 

Thank Keith_K_S_Y
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

Longing for some good ole' down home blues but you're in the big city? Don't you fret, Paris Blues gives the blues lover just what you need. Nothing fancy about this place, it's for folks who want to have a simple night out of blues & booze. Paris Blues is friendly & fun!

Thank BigMoWal
Fairview Heights
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27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2016

Throwback juke joint - hope that they can stay in business... Sam the owner is super cool and the blues band was excellent. Don;t be afraid of Harlem - just go and enjoy the blues/jazz music,

Thank TRWblues

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