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A Piece of History & A Very Unique & A Very Different Night Out For Us

A long way from Times Square, but a speakeasy that has not changed since Billie was apparently... read more

Reviewed 8 January 2019
Cambridge, Canada
So cool!

This little speakeasy was so cool! We squeezed in here not knowing what to expect and we were... read more

Reviewed 26 December 2018
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If you want to step back into a bygone era of the small, cozy elbow touching Harlem parlor, with live "in your face" outrageous jazz musicians, you must come to see Bill Saxton, international world class sax man and lead of the Harlem All Stars
148 W 133rd St, New York City, NY 10030-3300
+1 212-281-0777
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Reviewed 8 January 2019

A long way from Times Square, but a speakeasy that has not changed since Billie was apparently discovered there in 1933. Uber gets you there and back ok, you reserve by email and line up in the stairwell to pay your $30.00 cash. The rooms...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 26 December 2018

This little speakeasy was so cool! We squeezed in here not knowing what to expect and we were treated to an amazing jazz experience. Not a concert, an experience. Just go, no more needs to be said, this is unforgettable.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank pigcoon
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

Coming from the UK we wanted an authentic American jazz experience and this is certainly what we got. There is nothing fake, commercial or pretentious about this place which is very hard to find as a tourist in NY. The atmosphere, venue and of course...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Steph93047
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

So, if you are from Europe and you want to really know how to play the sax, you need to see this guy live. He is a master of art. The band is changing but always high end. The place is cool, cosy, friendly and...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank 209andrasj
Reviewed 23 June 2018

Hugely talented musicians, classical jazz tunes and some original work, extended and thrilling jamming - a loss if you miss this. In the 20s and 30s this was a speakeasy featuring among others Billie Holiday. Bill and his wife set up the club in 2004...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Mark H
Reviewed 7 May 2018

Great music at Harlem's Speakeasy jazz venue. Book early to experience some true jazz in a seclude venue. BYO drinks and glasses or plastic cups please.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank robertfrancisl
Reviewed 14 April 2018

Not sure what I expected from Bills, but the reality was far more than I dreamed. Bill's is an old speakeasy in Harlem where Billie Holliday was discovered back in the 1930's. Today you bring your own bottle and glasses. The venue has the appearance...More

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank Bruce B
Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

This little jazz club has been around since the 20’s and that is what makes it such a unique experience. It is small so you have to reserve ahead of time to get one of the few seats. Bring your own drinks. The sound is...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank AdventureLD
Reviewed 26 March 2018

We really enjoyed this intimate setting, two rooms of the downstairs home of the owner. The jazz was great, best we heard in Harlem. No food is served. You can bring your own drinks. Bill Saxton is a great saxophonist. The night we went the...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Cathy S
Reviewed 3 February 2018 via mobile

What a wonderful evening we all had. Truly a real find. Affordable too. Wonderful jazz musicians small space stools at our table were be not so comfy. Bring your own wine

Date of experience: February 2018
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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 neighborhood is as vibrant as ever as new
businesses and developments go up next to local
institutions. The heart of the neighborhood 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 Joseph L | Property representative |
The host of the evening can call you a cab or you can hail a cab from either corner of the venue. It's not difficult at all.