Look for the green awning on the corner of Orange and Pine and head downstairs to this cozy local hot secret, a staple in the downtown scene since 1989. It’s like being in your best friend’s basement, only with the soulful sounds of sax. What once housed a bank vault is now one of the only places in the city to catch live music seven nights a week, without a cover charge. Tanqueray’s mimics a dive bar but this top pick serves up a wide selection of drafts, some stiff drinks and the area’s best local musicians.
100 S Orange Ave., Orlando, FL., USA 407.649.8540
This upscale jazz venue delivers delectable small plates and smoky sounds. In keeping with its moniker, Jazz Tastings is known to bring in some of the best live jazz to central Florida, Tuesdays through Saturdays. Located 15 minutes north of Orlando, in an unassuming little plaza, you’ll find this hidden gem. It’s a refined setting with a great wine selection and noteworthy nightly specials.
164 Lake Ave., Maitland, FL., USA 407. 661. 1190
Vines Grille Wine Bar
What pairs better with an impressive wine collection and tasty steak? Great live jazz. This upscale wine bar, located in the vicinity of Universal Studios, draws crowds for stand-out musicians. Classy and sophisticated, Vines is your venue for a relaxing, romantic dinner and top notch jazz tunes.
7533 W Sand Lake Rd., Orlando, FL., USA 407. 351.1227
Of course, one would expect to be impressed by the sounds of the Imperial Grand Bösendorfer Piano, of which the lounge is named. Housed in the Grand Bohemian Hotel, it’s not just hotel guests who flock to the sexy lounge for Friday and Saturday night jazz. Well-heeled locals can be found kicking back in the dim lights on plush sofas, listening to the sultry sounds and sipping chi-chi craft cocktails after a long week at work.
325 South Orange Ave., Orlando, FL, USA 407.313.9000
Timucua White House
Imagine a lavish evening listening to music in a setting of a stunning home. That’s Timucua White House. Musician Benoit Glazer and family transform their home into a musical venue, hosting over 70 performances a year, often free of charge; however donations are encouraged to continue this generous gesture to the community. Guests are encouraged to bring a bottle of wine or even snacks to share, this unique experience is not to be missed!
Known for some of the freshest seafood in Orlando, arriving daily (don’t miss the crab cakes), Eddie V’s is fine dining and even finer jazz. Be seduced by some of your favorite jazz, in Sinatra-style sophistication. Whether it’s a night cap or a romantic dinner, this Sand Lake favorite is top notch.
7488 W Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL., USA 407. 355.3011
Located on the ground floor of the Sanctuary, a luxury high-rise residence, The Abbey is known for bringing in great music in a comfortable setting. Although it showcases more than jazz, with everything hard rock to cabaret, the open, modern décor and full-service bar make it a great downtown destination.
100 S Eola Dr., Orlando, FL., USA 407.704.6103