"Legendary venue with a very special atmosphere"Review Rating: Reviewed by Leila
As one might expect from one of the world’s premier jazz venues, the roll call of performers is excellent, the plush, dimly-lit interior is highly inviting, the speakeasy charm is undeniable, and the cocktails? They’re rather good too.
Established in 1959 by musician Ronnie Scott, this legendary venue has seen the likes of Wes Montgomery, Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis, Ella Fitzgerald and many other greats perform over the years. A quick glance over the black and white pictures of past performers gives an idea of just how significant Ronnie Scott’s is to the jazz world.
Dining tables fill the venue facing the stage and dinner –steaks, fish cakes, rump of lamb with aubergine, corn fed breast of chicken, etc - is served while the show takes place. Despite the considerable size of the room capacity is limited to around 200 people, meaning concerts remain an intimate experience.
Performers are given the upmost importance at Ronnie Scott’s. Announcements before the show warn the audience to switch mobiles off and keep talking to a minimum; those who choose to heed this advice are greeted with stern “shhhhh’s” from fellow audience members.
Entry for the gigs is expensive and reserving a table for dinner and drinks will see a rapidly mounting bill. Attendees tend to be on the mature side, however a slightly younger crowd visits the upstairs bar which has a cheaper entrance fee. This sleek cocktail bar has a distinct member’s bar vibe, all plush velvet armchairs and seductive lighting.
This historical venue is a must for any jazz lover thanks to its quiet, appreciative atmosphere and intimate space.
Leila reviewed Ronnie Scott's Club on Wed 22 Sep 2010