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Music West Village
4 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
Smalls (Photograph: Michelle Watt)
Photograph: Michelle WattSmalls
Smalls (Photograph: MIchelle Watt)
Photograph: MIchelle WattSmalls
Smalls (Photograph: Michelle Watt)
Photograph: Michelle WattSmalls
Smalls (Photograph: Michelle Watt)
Photograph: Michelle WattSmalls
For those looking for an authentic jazz club experience—rather than the cheesy dinner-club vibe that prevails at too many other spots around town—Smalls is a must. The cozy basement space feels like a speakeasy, or more specifically, one of those hole-in-the-wall NYC jazz haunts of yore over which fans routinely obsess. Best of all, the booking skews retro, yet not stubbornly so: You'll hear classic hardbop as well as more adventurous, contemporary-flavored approaches.


Venue name: Smalls
Address: 183 W 10th St
New York

Cross street: between Seventh Ave South and W 4th St
Transport: Subway: 1 to Christopher St–Sheridan Sq
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Being in town for a week, we were eager to check out a classic American jazz bar (we're from the UK) and Smalls was recommended to us. We weren't disappointed. For only $20 you can get a whole evening of amazing live music from a bunch of talented jazz artists. I'll be honest and say I'm not necessarily a huge fan of improv, however, hearing it live at somewhere like Smalls completely transformed it for me. Crammed into to the aptly names club, you are literally within spitting distance of a sax. The jazz kept flowing all night with new musicians regularly joining the party to add their two cents, whether that be a strum on an electric guitar or some sultry warbles from a talented jazz singer. The staff at the venue were really friendly and service was fast. Highly recommended.

Smalls has become my go-to spot for jazz. I love that it's always in my back pocket—you don't need tickets, it's just $20 at the door. The place is small, it's casual, and you get great bang for your buck. Three different sets play through the evening. Drinks aren't that great, but to me, that doesn't really matter. They have beer on tap, and you can just sit back and relax. Since it's a small place, seats can be hard to find, but people are always coming and going, so chances are you'll get a seat if you stay long enough.