67 Orange Street
The bar was founded by Karl Franz Williams and was heavily inspired by Almacks, one of the first black-owned and operated bars in New York City. The name, 67 Orange Street, is even a tribute to Almacks, being the address of the last place it stood.
67 Orange Street was founded for the purpose of preserving the historic feel of Almacks, where couples once danced to emerging jazz and others gathered to enjoy moonshine whiskey.
Paris Blues Jazz Club
Sticking with Harlem’s prominent history with jazz music and clubs, Paris Blues Jazz Club at 2021 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard, is a must visit bar for anyone in or near the neighborhood.
Opened in 1969 by Samuel Hargress Jr., Paris Blues is Harlem’s oldest live jazz dive. The now 81-year old Hargress, has managed the club every year for its nearly 50 year lifespan and doesn’t show any sign of stopping soon. The club provides live jazz seven nights a week with no cover charge!
Paris Blues Jazz Club truly is one of a kind, even gaining some publicity in 2010 when Benjamin Norman wrote for The New York Times that Hargress Jr. had “the strangest business cards” for the club, not only including his own name, but the name of every single member of his staff.