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The Top Jazz Bars In Melbourne

The Top Jazz Bars In Melbourne

Picture of Jamal Ben Haddou
Updated: 13 January 2017
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.
Outside Bennetts | © Jamal Ben
Outside Bennetts | © Jamal Ben

Golden Monkey Lounge Bar

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.

Opening hours: Sun-Mon closed, Tue-Wed 5pm-11pm, Thu 5pm-1am, Fri 5pm-2am, Sat 7pm-2am

Ruby’s Music Room

Quietly hidden in a laneway, Ruby’s Music Room can be found by following a charming wall of global jazz memorabilia. Besides its beautiful exterior, the venue’s inside bustles with live jazz music throughout the entire week. Performances vary from a wide collection of cultivated bands, duos and single musicians. What’s more, Ruby’s offers an extensive wine and cocktail menu along with tapas. This friendly and lively local venue will appeal to all jazz tastes for a sensual sound experience.

Opening Hours: Every day 6pm-11pm

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.

Opening hours: Wed-Thur 8pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 7pm-12am

Outside Ruby’s | © Jamal Ben
Outside Ruby’s | © Jamal Ben

Bennetts Lane Jazz Club

Hosting local and international musicians all days of the week, Bennetts Lane Jazz Club is all about the music. Over the past two decades, the iconic hub has showcased performances from hundreds of artists from around Australia and the world. Light snacks can be enjoyed inside Bennetts as well as in the array of lovely restaurants nearby. The real attraction, however, is the diverse sound, from contemporary cutting edge to classics. Bennetts is one of the most cultivated jazz venues in the country. It showcases up-and-coming talent almost all days of the week and is a must-attend during Melbourne’s International Jazz Festival.

Opening hours: Mon-Sun 8:30pm-1am

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.

Opening Hours: Wed-Sat 7pm-12am (music from 8pm)