After searching for a good jazz bar to show my visiting jazz-loving friends a good time in NYC, we decided to go to 55 Bar because it was rated really good online. After reading on their website that the cover was free with a 2 drink minimum, we arrived at the bar expecting to walk in for a good time. Well this is where the rudeness and condescending remarks began. The website was not correct, it was in fact $10 cover and a 2 drink minimum per set. None the less, we wanted to see the show, so we began to pay the doorman which is when he stopped us and said "If you guys wanted to be loud and party go to the bar down the street". This blew us back, because we aren't kids, we aren't disrespectful and as young professionals, we showed no signs of such behavior. We brushed it off, insisted we were there to hear the jazz, paid and went in. We found seats, and then we met the waitress... the most UNPLEASANT, rude, condescending waitress I have ever come across.. She spoke to us as if we "didn't belong", as if we were not worth her time despite being paying customers. Even though anyone and everyone should be allowed to enjoy music wherever they want in the city, it was clear this bar did not care for our patronage. We will never go back to 55 bar, and hope that people read this review and take it seriously. A bar that hires such people and condones such behavior should not be given business.
Pros: ok music
Cons: rude waitress and poor service