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“We need jazz clubs in this town but Regattabar can do better”
Review of Regattabar

Reviewed 12 March 2017

I've been to the Regattabar many times over the years. We recently saw Ethan Iverson ( of the Bad Plus ) with his new trio, including drummer Victor Lewis. The set was great. What put me off a bit though was being seated next to the bar. It's noisy, particularly early in the set when they are serving lots of drinks, and they have a refrigeration unit that goes off and on, very annoying when a quieter piece is performed.

Couple of suggestions: put in a sound screen between the bar and the tables, this is not hard to do nor too expensive. Right now they have some plants that are more of a cosmetic shield than anything else. Maybe you could clean enough glasses and break up enough ice in advance so you wouldn't have to do it during the performance.

The other annoying thing is how seating is assigned. Supposedly it is based on when you booked. According to the website where you buy your tickets. However, we were in a line of six parties, and everyone wound up one table after another, it would be a crazy coincidence to think that we all booked right after each other at the same time weeks before the show. In fact I asked the folks seated next to us ( and in front) they booked that day, we booked 2 weeks prior. They were in front of us. I think the hostess just put us where she wanted to fill in on that night.

We have precious few places to see live jazz in this town so I want this club to continue but I fear it is more of an afterthought for the hotel or whoever operates the club.

1  Thank cjmarkie
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Reviewed 10 November 2016

Am a semi-regular to jazz shows at Regattabar (get there 4-6 times a year). The space is pleasant enough, and they sometimes book marvelous musicians, but staffing is a constant problem. The wait staff usually comes by just once during an 80-90 minute show, and even then I often need wave to grab their attention. Takes away the pleasure of good jazz performance.

1  Thank Alan S
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Reviewed 1 August 2016

It's been awhile since I attended a concert at the Regattabar, so the venue's decline struck me more than it might have otherwise. It took 45 minutes (!) into the performance for our drink order to be taken -- this on a night when there were many unoccupied seats. Also, people were talking continuously all around us; my repeated requests that they stop doing so were ignored. At least five people had their smartphones open (they were using them to text, share photos, etc.), which cast unwelcome bright slivers of light in the darkened room. Regattabar is not truly a bar; it is a concert venue for which customers have paid the admission price and possibly also are paying for pricey garage parking in the Charles Hotel. Management owes it to people who have come to actually listen to music vs. to schmooze with their pals to articulate a policy of no talking/texting/smartphone use during the performances.

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Reviewed 24 June 2015 via mobile

Not only does the Regattabar have a history of not paying the talent in a timely manner, they understaff the venue so much that it's difficult to get service while seeing a show there. The Boston area has a ton of venues that treat their talent and staff better...go to one of them. Regattabar management needs to get it together.

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Reviewed 23 April 2015

The Regattabar is located in the heart of Cambridge's Harvard Square - not necessarily the easiest drive but parking exists aplenty in or around the Charles Hotel. This club provides a cool yet classy ambiance, smooth organization, and excellent selection/variety of musicians focused on the jazz/world genre. The 2 restaurants (and 1 bar/lounge) located in the same building offer the option to dine before/after a concert (Regattabar hs only a limited selection of bites/drinks). Except for the often ridiculously tight seating, the experience if often very stimulating and enjoyable.

Thank Cedric H
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