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55 Bar

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55 Christopher St., New York, NY 10014 40.733728 -74.002214
nr. Seventh Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-929-9883 Send to Phone

Photo by Lauren Klain Carton

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Official Website

55bar.com

Hours

Daily, 3pm-3am

Nearby Subway Stops

1 at Christopher St.-Sheridan Sq.; A, B, C, D, E, F, M at W. 4th St.-Washington Sq.

Cover Charge

$5-$15

Payment Methods

Cash Only

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If you've always wanted to sample the city's jazz scene but have been scared off by high cover charges, twenty-hour PBS documentaries or chin-stroking "aficionados," this is your place. Unlike other, more devoutly traditional venues, this unpretentious basement gem showcases not only new players, but also new styles—which is what jazz used to be all about in the first place. The house seems to particularly favor funky, guitar-driven combos that'll have even the most jazz-resistant patrons tapping their feet. Early-evening sets are free (it's hard to imagine the friendly staff enforcing the official two-drink minimum).

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