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606 Club (Bar, Club)

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90 Lots Road, Chelsea, london, SW10 0QD
Cuisine: [Other/Unclassified]
Tel: 020 7352 5953 | Email to 606 Club | Transport: Fulham Broadway | Write review

606 Club Review

Dinghy, cramped and a bugger to find: exactly what you’d expect from a perky little jazz club. That, and Osama Bin Laden’s hideout, maybe. Jazz nuts often allude to that crucial element of ‘cool’ when referring to their preferred pastime and 606 has just that, by the bundle, piled up in big stacks marked ‘Excess Cool’. With a pedigree that pre-dates the invention of Darth Vadar, Freddie Lundberg and Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols, 606 is New Orleans soul transposed to the industrial back alleys of Chelsea Harbour. And in doing so it pokes a knowing finger into the shoulder of homogenised jazz-joints like Ronnie Scott’s, saying ‘Hey you. Be cool’.

You will not find the curious archway entrance. It will find you. Just don’t be late. There’s an air of mystery upon entry: intercoms, buzzers, gates, ominous stairs that look like they want to kill you. A beatnik basement is waiting just around the corner to clobber you with the Speakeasy stick. Bare-brick walls, low ceilings, red drapes and tatty tables cluster in a space the size of this sentence. Roughly 100 people squash onto tiny tables congregated around the magic. How in the name of Thelonious Monk they managed to squeeze a grand piano (et al) in there as well is beyond me. This is cosy, but not in a Northern Line sort of way. More a snug jazz blanket sort of way.

You couldn’t get more up-close-and-personal with the artistes as they practice their musical sorcery without being forced to comment on their body odour. Which is highly likely as even a sumo wrestler taking an Egyptian sauna in the middle of summer doesn’t sweat as much as these guys. No wonder; they play at speeds that could’ve only been taught to them by aliens from the future. These musicians finish their set weighing half as much as when they started it. That translates to pure rabid passion, for any simpletons out there.

The worshippers in the crowd are sub-zero cool. These are the people you want to BE. These are real people. Their diversity embarrasses you. Their lack of pretension seems almost newborn. It’s like you’ve stepped into the university of “You Dig?” and expect to come out of it with a honours degree in Inner Beauty. Perhaps if you sit close enough their aura will rub off on you. Couples get intimate, a chap in a hat at the back taps his lap, everyone sips wine. There’s clapping and laughing and chatting and smiles and reactionary dancing and prancing and love floating all around the room.

The food and drink on offer are adequately fulfilling and you should appropriately get involved. However, physical sustenance plays second fiddle, trumpet, trombone and piano to the true nourishment: jazz. Plush decor and fine dining, on your bike. Who cares what shade of egg shell-white the walls are, this is all about life, so light that music up!!
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Customer Reviews for 606 Club

Average (based on 5 votes): 5 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“Have to concur with the other reviewers I am afraid. When you are obliged to book a table for dinner in order to see the artist then it would be nice if you could actully see the artist and get served some decent food. We were absolutely wedged into a corner. And yes school dinners is about right. Basic cooking, hugely overpriced AND you have to pay a further £10 per head music charge, despite the fact that levy seems to have already been built into the cost of the food. I felt a bit ripped off to be honest. Sorry 606. Not for me....”
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Kristina, LONDON (11 years 3 months 4 days ago)

“I couldn't believe the previous reviews; I mean how can you charge £16 for a main course, £9 for a vegetarian pasta and it be awful. So I went and the food was no better than school dinners or you could expect, from a cafe (with no accent). Can my tastebuds really be too sophisticated for chelsea at such a young age? Music was great though .”
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SIMON, LONDON (12 years 11 months 10 days ago)

“Waiting staff are terrible and management argumentative and unpleasant.”
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M J Russell, [ Unknown ] (14 years 6 months 22 days ago)

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“The 606 Club is the perfect venue for deaf millionaires with no tastebuds. A little harsh perhaps - it's not that the place is bad, its just a real challenge to find a word that describes it better than mediocre. The food is bland and heavy, the mark-up on the wines staggeringly brazen. The waiters are grim and bored. You might be able to forgive all that if the jazz was really proper but again the M word comes to mind - somebody should let whoever booked these had-been's know that there is no jazz without soul - these guys looked as up for it as though they were performing at a children's birthday party for the tenth time that week. For three bottles of wine, two starters and three main courses to get a bill at the end of the night for £230 was just a bit too far on the wrong side of cheeky. At these prices you expect more than soggy potatoes, dry fish and a tuneless drummer. My advice - if its jazz you're after take your money instead to Jazz Cafe or Ronnie Scott's, the food is a little bit better but the music is usually supreme. ”
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Alice Deeks, [ Unknown ] (14 years 7 months 1 days ago)

“Great intimate spot, reminisent of 1920's Speakeasy's. Sometimes' you're seated so close you're touching the stage, No alcohol without food. Make sure you find out in advance who's playing.”
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