Located in the Grand Bohemian Hotel, the Bösendorfer Lounge might not get a second glance from picky local artists, but it is a gem worth checking out. The atmosphere is upscale and trendy mixed with a slightly underground tone that makes for a night of unforgettable music. The lounge has a full service restaurant menu along with an impressive list of house-made cocktails and specialty drinks. Since it’s far from the cluster of clubs and bars in Downtown Orlando, it’s often not very crowded, making for the perfect after-dinner place to slip into and forget about life for awhile.
One of Orlando’s newest clubs is Jazz Tastings off of Lake Avenue in Maitland. The club owners wanted a place for jazz lovers to relax and enjoy gourmet bites while feasting their eyes and ears on low and slow classic jazz. Born from a love of great food, wine, and music, this jazz scene is one that will satisfy any music aficionado’s appetite.
Jazz Tastings, 164 Lake Ave, Maitland, FL, USA, +1 407 661 1190
Jazz can be classy and cool, or smooth and soft, but oftentimes it’s rough, loud, and just a little edgy. The Winter Park Beer Co. taps into this laid-back vibe with two nights of local jazz bands every week. Between the party lights and the snug establishment, it’s easy to feel like you’re spending time checking out the raw talent in a neighborhood kid’s garage. The Beer Co. also serves up some of the best house-made taps that are perfect for sips in between slow head bobs.
For an upscale dining experience coupled with an elegant selection of professional jazz, spend a night at Eddie V’s. The classy restaurant turns into a sophisticated jazz club by night, and patrons can enjoy a four-course seafood menu while soaking in an experience of high class jazz and high-palate food.
Heidi’s Jazz Club has been one of Orlando’s best kept music secrets since 1992. Every Wednesday through Sunday, there’s live music featuring some of the best bands in central Florida. On Sunday nights, there’s Heidi’s Open Jam Session for those bold musicians who want to take a stab at the romantically lit spotlight. The club’s interior, reminiscent of the Blue Note in NYC, is well-stocked with funky art of some of the most well-known jazz musicians.
For a small little dig that packs an indie-jazz punch worth the big cities, spend a Wednesday night at Natura Coffee & Tea. This quaint coffee shop is located in the plaza right across the street from the University of Central Florida and offers up the best of the best in college jazz geniuses weekly. The shop is known for its hippie vibe, expertly crafted coffee, and delicious boba tea.