The Top Jazz Bars In Melbourne

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Jamal Ben Haddou

With its bustling and cosmopolitan nightlife, Melbourne is a great place to enjoy jazz from all corners of the world. Hidden in the city’s laneways, there’s an array of bars showcasing Australia’s best talent and live performances. Abundant with delicious food and refreshing drinks, our city’s jazz bars are the best place to spend any night of the week.

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Golden Monkey Lounge Bar

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Set in the soul of Melbourne’s CBD, Golden Monkey takes you on a journey to the seductive jazz rooms of Shanghai. From classic to groove, this bustling bar caters for all tastes in jazz and boasts a mesmerizing Oriental décor. A wide Asian-style menu is offered with an even larger choice of drinks featuring some of Melbourne’s most luxurious spirits. As well as live jazz every Tuesday, R&B, shaolin funk, pop and disco can also be enjoyed. Dim lanterns, antique furniture and ornaments create a mystic and romantic atmosphere, making the performances sound only better. Whether it’s a large function, romantic date or just yourself, Golden Monkey is an ideal place to spend an exciting evening.

Paris Cat Jazz Club

For a decade, the Paris Cat has thrust many Australian jazz artists into their careers. Huddled in a three-story warehouse built in 1895, the Paris Cat offers a warm and ambient atmosphere reminiscent of the French post-war jazz scene. The iconic basement room has featured performances from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Dun Burrows and Robbie Williams. The second level is more relaxing, a place where you can enjoy drinks with friends. The gallery in this room also features velvet décor with a collection of jazz icon paintings. On the top floor, the Parisian loft gives a smooth and intimate experience with quality classical acoustics. The music in its simplicity makes up the spirit of this venue, featuring original, contemporary and diverse acts.

Uptown Jazz Café

Away from the noisy CBD, this relaxing jazz bar is nestled in Fitzroy. With live performances, martinis and Japanese dinner, Uptown Jazz is a great place to slow things down after a chaotic day. While Uptown is known for showcasing talented acts from around the world, the bar is great in capturing the distinct sound of Melbourne. Their gig guide boasts a wonderful combination of some of the best artists from across the country. The Tokyo vibes, cool drinks, romantic décor and sweet sounds make this an ideal place to just sit down, listen and relax.

The Jazzlab

The Jazzlab is a renowned jazz bar located in Melbourne, Australia. It is a vibrant and intimate venue that offers an exceptional live jazz experience. With its cozy ambiance and top-notch acoustics, The Jazzlab attracts both local and international jazz enthusiasts. The venue showcases a diverse lineup of talented musicians, featuring captivating performances ranging from traditional jazz to contemporary fusion. The Jazzlab’s commitment to promoting the art of jazz is evident through its support of emerging artists and its dedication to fostering a vibrant jazz community. Whether you’re a seasoned jazz aficionado or simply looking to immerse yourself in the magic of live music, The Jazzlab is a must-visit destination in Melbourne.

Bird’s Basement

Bird’s Basement is a legendary jazz bar nestled in the heart of Melbourne, Australia. It stands as a mecca for jazz lovers, offering an unforgettable live music experience. The venue exudes a sophisticated and intimate atmosphere, making it a favourite among both local and international jazz enthusiasts. Bird’s Basement hosts an impressive lineup of world-class jazz artists, spanning various styles and eras, ensuring a diverse and captivating musical journey. With its exceptional sound quality and impeccable service, Bird’s Basement continues to be a cherished destination for those seeking an authentic and mesmerizing jazz encounter in the vibrant city of Melbourne.

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