Now this is a lovely Jazz venue in London, if you are a Jazz fan check it out!
Intimate venue, just like in the movies!
It's not cheap, but no good experience is.
I went there a few years back when it was one set all night long.
I have to admit, I fell asleep. I mean, I was sitting there from 7pm till 2am, ate a steak dinner and had some wine, this is a recipe for a snooze for me..sorry ;-(
But now! they have split the sets into 2! So you can go to the early set or the late one! Result!!
Oh I have heard that students (not sure if only music) can buy tickets for £10 or £20 (can't remember exactly how much) and can stand at the back to watch a set. This is good value!
+ Great selection of quality jazz musicians from America and beyond
+ Classy and upmarket
+ Sound insulation is shite
I guess this place needs no introduction from me.
Along with Pizza Express (despite its silly name), Ronnie Scott's is one of the top jazz clubs in central London.
As a big enthusiast of jazz and world music (I know, gross generalisation), I have always appreciated the quality of music and great selection of acts the venue provides.
As you can imagine for a top jazz venue, the ambience is very classy and upmarket. The dim lighting and the presence of well-dressed waiters enhance the whole experience.
I don't think this place has a dress code but I guess it will be fun to dress up a bit if you like that sort of stuff. But then I see people in casual attire (like myself) too. So up to you, I think.
The acts that I have seen here in recent years include Michel Camilo (with local support brass section), Tito Puente Jr. and Joe Stilgo(He's local but/ and he is awesome).
The sound insulation seems very poor. Sometimes I can hear noise and music from upstairs. I had always been on denial like a child with traumatic experience. It's the world-famous Ronnie Scott's. It can't be true. It must be me. I must be hearing something in my head. But one evening, I could no longer pretender that it was just me.
The act of that evening was Michel Camilo trio with the UK support brass section. He is an amazing pianist/ composer and arguably the most skilled pianist alive today in the field of latin jazz (possibly in the whole jazz). He rarely comes to the UK and this was his first visit in over three years.
Anyway, towards the end of the set, he played a solo piano tune. It was a very soft tune and at the back of the mesmerising opening, I swear I heard distinctive sound of thumping bass and beat of what sounds like funk music from upstairs. The music went for the entire opening section until his solo piano piece built up tension and volume thereby masking the background noise. I could not believe what I was hearing. First, I was very annoyed that it ruined the beautiful music. And I was also embarrassed as local for this very gifted pianist who had travelled a long way to bless us with his music. This is what the best of our country has to offer? Really? It was a very painful moment. I just sat there hoping he wouldn't stop playing and walk out. In fact, I almost wished he did, for his sake.
That was very disappointing. I don't know if I'm the only person who noticed it.
That said, I admit the place has a top selection of jazz artists. So I will still come back to this place for that. It will be fine as long as they stay away from ballads.
I think their food was decent too but I don't really remember. I usually try to eat beforehand as I'm poor.
Ronnie Scott's is a legendary Soho jazz venue and this year, it celebrates its 50th birthday. You can check which acts will be playing from the website or from the board outside.
The musical spectrum runs from Oscar Peterson to salsa with even some funk thrown in. What can be fun are the jam sessions on Wednesday evenings.
The place had a major facelift in 2007 which coincided with an upgrade in the food. Nowadays, you can get sophisticated fare such as grilled squid with mango & chilli salsa for starter and pan fried fillet of beef for main.
This legendary venue deserves its reputation
It's pricey, it incurred the wrath of devotees with a brutal sweeping aside of its 1960s-period interior in 2007. But it still deserves five stars. Why? Because for classy jazz venues that walk the walk, there's little else to touch it in London.
I saw UK singer Clare Martin here, whose extraordinary performance quickly left me running out of superlatives to remark in awed tones to my friends. The crowd are archetypal jazz fans, loudly applauding solos, nodding appreciatively at individual passages of the music, tapping their feet and generally losing themselves in the music.
The original decor may have been dispensed with, but its replacement ain't bad. The seating is divided into a large space for tables and chairs directly in front of the stage, with tiered rows of seats along the sides.
The bar is pricey, no doubt. One of the guys in my party was shocked to discover that the round of G&Ts that he'd generously got the rest of us had been charged at £15 a G&T. Ouch. But it probably was the best G&T I'd have had for a very long time, perhaps ever.
So. Expensive, yes. A frequent destination for your jazz fix? Probably not. But when you want to treat yourself to top-quality jazz in very classy surroundings? Ronnie Scotts is definitely the place to come.
My cousin and I travel a lot for work and every now and then our paths cross. On one trip to the UK, I called my cousin to see where he was in the world--and he was in the same hotel as me in Reading--two floors up. What a trip, so we decide we needed to celebrate. Mike suggested we drive into London and go to a Jazz club he frequented a lot when in lived there.
First memorable thing--he made me drive into London and I had never before driven on the opposite side of road--nor shifted gears with my left hand--he of course rented a car with a standard shift--ass. I only hit the curb 5 times and just about turned the wrong way into round about, but we did arrive in one piece.
I was glad I drove in because I got to drink a few of the wonderful whiskeys they serve at Ronnie Scotts. Balvenie 25--cannot go wrong. The Jazz trio playing was local and fantastic. The trumpet player was definitely channeling Miles Davis and the feel of the club just fit the mood.
The cover nor the drinks were cheap so the clientele is not a young rowdy type for sure. Yes, we were shushed a few times--hey we were catching up. The overall experience was fabulous. I will go back--once the value of the dollar improves--so that means I have plenty of time to save up.
If you're looking for something to do. Here is ok. Depends on who's playing that night. Seating is alright. Food is not so great. The serving staff doesn't speak english very well or maybe she couldn't hear. Book ahead for weekends definitely. The crowd although mixed was a bit older.
I like this space infinitely more. You're up close with the musicians if you want to be or you can chill in the corner on comfortable velvety sofas. Sipping wine, listening to Blues. I wish I was there already.
Ima give this baby 5 stars
As you approach the doors that is guarded by tall men dressed in black and white suits be prepared to be greeted with charming smiles. As you enter, take a look at the comfortable candle lit tables and booths. Its like a 1950's film set, all that is missing is a lit cigar.
I had the pleasure of listening to the Dennis Rollins Badbone & Co. play live at Ronnie Scotts. Listening to them play note by note and beat by beat sends chills down my spine. They played dirty son!
If you are a jazz lover be prepared to be blown away...
another plus, there is a cab office next door...incase you get carried away with those scotch on the rocks
A lot of people have reviewed this place, and that is no coincidence. I can write pages about what makes this place good but I guess it can be best summarised that it allows you to immerse yourself in another world. This place is like the 3D cinema of Jazz Clubs, not that it is the only good Jazz club in the word, but it definitely ticks all the boxes. A very cosy venue, good service, great artists, nice drinks...you get the feeling you are sat in your living room and the artist is doing a privet show only for you and your friends. In fact last time I went for a first date to that place my date got a bit annoyed that I got so immersed in the act that forgot to keep eye contact and say how pretty she is :)...well she was pretty, and even though I blew it you should still go and check it out, if you already haven't.
I have never tried the food there but they do good cocktails and have a good selection of whiskeys, which is enough to keep most of us happy.
After checking out the Jazz club then try the bar/club upstairs for some live music and recently some good Ds from Jazz FM...well worth a visit.
Jazz....................thinking of it takes me back into the classic 40's. I sometimes wish I could be part of that age for a while. Listening to live music at Ronnie Scotts does give you a little bit of the dream. Its a relatively small place with stepped comfortable seating, dimly lit small table lamps to brighten your food and drink. They have a well trained polite service staff.
This legendary jazz place has become part of the city of London for many years now. And its relatively newly furbished.
Its never too crowded unless someone big from the Apple decided to show up. Reservations are to be made by phone.They also have a cloakroom at the entrance and a pleasant receptionist is always there to say hello.
I hope you visit this place and see some real talented british artists.
Ronnie Scott's has become one of those places that is so well known and talked about that you have to visit whether a jazz fan or not. I have to admit, I'm not a huge jazz fan but I love everything associated with it - the glitz, the glamour and all that jazz.......
Some people hate it when performance venues make a big thing of ensuring the audience remain quiet, but I whole heatedly agree that we should 'shut up' whilst the performers are on stage. Ronnie Scott's like to reemphasise this point so you can be sure that you can watch without any irritating chatter or mobile phones going off.
The decor is a little dated - lots of red velvet and gold embellishments. It is old fashioned and is screaming to be revamped but it does add to the whole old jazz element and I quite liked the authentic vibe it created.
The food isn't too great and most of the staff struggle with English which makes it difficult to order a large round of drinks. Ronnie Scott's is simply all about the jazz though, and every performance I have seen has been amazing. That in itself makes up for all the disadvantages I mentioned.
Ronnies is just as you'd expect a jazz club to be like. Dark with soft lighting, plush rich coloured seating, and frame after a frame of images of jazz musicians line the walls.
I started coming just to go to the bar which is above the main club. The best spot to sit in is by the bar where the bar tenders (who are some of the very best) are highly attentive and certainly know how to shake up a delicious cocktail. The bar also serves food, which is not bad.
The main club is made out with long booths placed in tiers around the stage. Each table has a small table light, creating that soft seedy jazz feel. The time I found myself in the club I was very lucky. I had originally wanted to watch a young jazz band which was playing that night, but tickets were completely sold out. So I just ended up having drinks at the bar, when in between performance time who should come sit next to me to have his dinner, but a member of the band. I expressed my interest in his bands' music, and as we chatted he had invited my friend and I to go watch them, and for free!
I don't think I'll be this lucky again, but if you are willing to pay the money to listening to some live jazz, you definitely should at Ronnies as it is just catapults you into a different world.
There are plenty of reviews already, so I'll make mine short.
Venue, music, atmosphere: 4 stars, bordering on 5. What a great night. People were getting up and dancing at the end.
Food: 1-2 stars. Skip it altogether.
Amazing and intimate venue... cant wait for my next concert there!
They have dining service... food is so-so and pricey.
Came here to see Doc and Jean Carne. This is a fantastic music venue - warm, inviting, with great acoustics. With the way the seating and tables are on risers, it's basically impossible to have a "bad" seat.
Although we didn't order dinner (the food passing by our table looked delicious), we did get a couple of very good cocktails. Friendly service and great atmosphere - certainly worth a visit.
As a perennial classic, this place has seen some of the biggest names in the industry over the years and you just can't beat the sumptuous candle-lit setting. It's a very special space that I've enjoyed time and time again in years gone by.
So I was surprised at how much it has changed since I'd been here 4 years ago. It appears that the management has changed a thing or two including the prices (very steep), the staff and the quality of the food. It can often feel intimidating in here and the management are very unhelpful. It's such a shame, this place may have seen its heydey.
If you really want to get a feeling for this place I recommend going to a free jam session during the week for a drink to scope it out.
My father asked me to book at his favourite Jazz Club Ronnie Scott a table. Making the booking, I asked which night Ronnie Scott is playing. The Lady replied: "Darling, Ronnie Scott is no more alive!" I was not aware of that - must have been an earlier generation.
As the tickets are quite expensive, there is always the question if you want to book the late show or the diner included. I prefer to have dinner separate, so I ended up with my parents at 11pm at Ronnie Scott's Club.
While my dad amused himself splendid by snipping his fingers and drinking his legendary whisky after dinner, my mum and I had a hard time to stay awake. As much as Jazz has a rhythm and has improvised sections the hour of night and the lighting made me a bit drowsy.
If you are a Jazz fan, then Ronnie Scott in Soho is the place to go, however, my dad shuffled me and mum in a rickshaw at 1.30am in the morning to get home from a long day and night out.
I really felt like I was stepping inside a film set when I first visited Ronnie Scottts, It really was like nothing I have ever experienced before, there is a really special ambiance that felt so magical.
The one and only night I have been there the jazz singer was spectacular and mesmerizing.
This is a really special place to come on a date which is why I came here as It is pricy but when you are not paying who cares.
The jazz and atmosphere was incredible. Unfortunately the service straight up sucked. Myself and several around me frequently had to go hunt for our server to get any drinks ordered. They probably could have sold me 2x as many drinks and food if someone had actually come talked to me. The prices for everything are sky high as well. What a shame.
Having been to Blue Note and Birdland, I was excited to visit Ronnie Scott's across the pond.
The seating is very intimate and cozy, like most jazz clubs. So you'll be sitting next to people you don't know, which was great for us as tourists. It's hard to get in and out, depending on where you sit.
There was one rude, loud party. It would have been nice if someone told them to be quiet.
Besides that, the vibe was lively, and the service was friendly.
The sound is great and the lighting is dim.
Got in here for Cuban night a couple of days ago. If you want to hit the jazz downstairs, reserve in advance!!!
Upstairs was fun, music got good fast, staff was great. They do have a coat check for a pound a coat, worth every penny.
The first thing you need to know about the infamous music venue Ronnie Scott's is that it is EXPENSIVE. I bought two drinks which came to £12 so if you are thinking of going there to get drunk make sure you're wallet is full.
Now that you have been warned the second thing you need to know about Ronnie's is that it showcases some of the finest Jazz talents in the world and this more than makes up for the overpriced bar. About five years ago Ronnie's was completely refurbished losing some of the decadent shabbiness that added a lot to the bluesy atmosphere. However the club is still an amazing venue, even if it is trying a little too hard to keep up with the times.
A great night to go is Sound Check which is every Tuesday. Free before 9.00pm the night is a mix of short films (anyone is welcome to submit) and live soul music.
This place is class. Worth every penny of the entrance fee everytime I've been.
It's a surprisingly small and intimate setting to see some really world class musicians. And, since it's now non-smoking, you can also chat to them whilst they're having a fag outside! I met Kyle Eastwood here and even resisted the temptation to mention his Dad...
Great place for Jazz, it is an institution, and the revamp hasn't lost much of the atmosphere. Music is of a very high standard.
I wish I lived nearer to make membership economic.
It's not too pricey but an evening does add up.
Meals available which are fine.
The pew type seats in some areas aren't my favourite, if you are booking try to get a proper table.
This club is old fashioned class. There are often long queues to get in, but I'm so showbiz I've only ever been on the guestlist so I also don't know how much it costs to get in.
What I do know is that the drinks are super expensive, but the house wine (£19) is quite nice.
The bar staff have lovely outfits and are all very attractive.
The music is pretty excellent too.
A very trendy cool place to go that has charm, character and oozes confidence and sexiness.
Yeh, this is the most stylish club I've ever been in. Very classy. Excellent music. Quite an affluent feel to the place.
Sort of like a night club for grown ups.
Next time I'd like to sit at one of the tables in front of the band and sample the food.
Most of the people there seem to be really musically educated. Unfortunately we sat just in front of a couple who talked throughout most of the performance, clearly they were there just becuase it was a cool club, not becuase they wanted to hear the music. Can't blame the venue for that though.
As it's such a mature crowd, and such an upmarket feeling place, I felt that people were quite reserved about dancing.
Mostly the happy punters just swayed in their chairs, whilst a few near the bar got a little more down to it.
Could be just the night we went though.
Will definately be going again.
As with others who reviewed this place, I haven't been there in a while (late 90's) but was fortunate enough to have picked the night when a jazz legend - Diane Schurr - was playing. I got introduced to her by my freshman year roommate's dad and just love her rendition of all the standards.
The emcee was pretty funny..made all kinds of jokes referencing current events.
The venue is what you would expect from a jazz place - dark, 'cozy', and unfortunately SMOKY (which I never liked when I was back in NY/NJ..and even less so now that I'm in CA)..so be warned.
Oh and the snack menu is strangely British with items like 'welsh rarebit' (which I think was toast with something on top.....who knows).
I returned to Ronnie Scott's recently after being away for a few years and it made me ask myself what made me stay away for so long?!!
The venue has a new manager and his recent activity has resulted in there being a new buzz about the place.
I only had some drinks and food in the bar upstairs but was really impressed by the quality of the food and indeed the service. The bill doesn't break the bank either which all in all makes it the ideal place to hang out in the evening. If you haven't been for a while, go and have a look!
The London jazz institution no doubt. The best of the best of jazz and beyond have played at Ronnie's. The music is what you come for. It's a classy joint and the bar upstairs is a nice place to chill out.
Everybody mentioned the fact that it is a little on the expensive side, which is maybe true. The food is fine sure but "ca casse pas 3 pattes a un canard". The cocktails on the other hand are very good.
Oh man this place is so hip it hurts! I only had time (and money) to check out the cool little bar upstairs. The man at the door let us in without having to fork out the 5 quid as we were there fairly early. But as we walked in we could hear the band doing a little sound check and a mini-jam! What a treat!
The walls are adorned with pictures of jazz legends past and present. The red-black plushness completes the picture. This place is legendary!
We were a little surprised by the prices of our drinks (scotch on the rocks of course). The staff, though very film noir-esque were friendly and attentive.
I wanna go again!
I really felt like I was stepping inside a film set when I first visited Ronnie Scottts, It really was like nothing I have ever experienced before, there is a really speical ombiance that feels really magical, the jazz singer that was there that night was spectacular!
The wine was amazing and I had a brilliant night.
Needless to say it's the venue of choice for jazz in Soho although some of my friends think the audiences can be a little stuffy. Not the place to go if you just want to have a chat with friends but a good relaxed late night alternative to most of the other clubs in Soho.
The drinks can be pricey but the table service is good so you don't need to miss any music whenever you're feeling thirsty.
Good band upstairs. drinks were pricey, but cover charge was reasonable. PPlace wasn't too crowded the night i went. The band played 2 sets, only stayed for the first set. they were hyping a special guest, but I have no idea who it was or could've been. The cover charge was reasonable when I went in, but they warned me that it was going up if I came later.
Simply amazing. This club really is an institution, but doesn't rely on it's past to keep pulling people in. The prices for tickets vary depending on who is playing, and evenings are normally divided into two blocks (the latter being 23:00-03:00). Although drinks are not overpriced, there is no need to drink anything if you don't want to.
The excellent service complements the music. It is best to book in advance.
We had a fantastic night out, and really enjoyed the music. I'd have got on better if the seating had been a little more comfortable, but despite that I'd definitely go back - and perhaps after the refurbishment it will be more comfortable anyway.
I'm impressed that the club don't try and take advantage of the fact that they have a captive audience by over-charging for food and drink, as so many other places do. The atmosphere in the club was good, and nobody was rude enought to talk loudly during the sets. The only thing I'd change would be to give people slightly more space at the tables.
I'd recommend a night out - it's not too expensive, and is definitely an experience that you won't forget in a hurry.
I took my friend there for her birthday and we both had a great time there.
The coctails are a must try and the music is good too.
It all goes with the atmosphere.
Absolutely the best Jazz Club in the whole of the UK & Ireland. For jazz fans this is where we get to see the Top Jazz Musicians from the USA.
You only really get the greatest jazz in a club atmosphere - 'cause thats where Jazz was born. It needs atmosphere and energy from the audience. You only get a performance in a concert hall not an experience!!!!.
Spent ten days in London, and our stop in this place was by far the low point.
We'd had an excellent evening...great dinner just around the corner, brilliant play just around the other corner...and were wandering around looking for a place to kick back and relax with some drinks, maybe a light bite.
I saw "jazz club" and lit up. I'm no aficionado, but I am a fan, and was looking forward to the next few hours.
Instead, we spent maybe the next hour having our pockets emptied and our ears insulted, without even a polite smile to ease the pain. With the exchange rate, we paid a cover of about $50 each just to get in. Even with that, there was a one drink minimum, which was another $25. The drinks were crap.
The music was amateur, at best. I don't even recall who was playing, but the band seemed slapped together at the last minute, with no chemistry or feel for each other, or for the music being played. Sloppy transitions, no one ever got into a groove. They sure LOOKED like they were having fun, but that energy didn't carry over into the room. We stayed as long as we did only because I was hoping the REAL act would come on after a break...no such luck.
As for the atmosphere/ambiance of the place...it takes more than dimming the lights to impress me. It was just another room.
Summary: Very over-priced, weak drinks, mediocre staff, and (at least when I was here) lousy music. We didn't try any food.
Really nice place, I have been there three times in the past and would love to go there regularly. AMAZING Jazz music and very nice atmosphere.
It reminded me of Moulin Rouge in Paris a bit!
Definitely a place to be suggested!
This joint is like a time warp for all the right reasons..
We were in the Club on Thursday night to see Ruby Turner, which was a fantastic experience. The great thing is that because it isn't a large venue, you are always in a good position to see the act and it feels very intimate.
We also took the opportunity to have a meal while we were there. The food itself was of reasonable quality, and I managed to find a bottle of red that didn't break the bank, however the service could be a little more attentive. They were quick to sort out drinks, but we did have to ask for a menu for the food.
But, at the end of the day, it is a Jazz Club and you do go for the musical experience firstly, which was fantastic, and they don't expect you to leave after the act finishes, as there is more music afterwards until the early hours. Its not a cheap night out, but it is enjoyable.
So, in conclusion, if you are looking for some relaxing musical entertainment, then you should give this a shot.
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