Monday, 15 November 2010

Jazz bars in Amsterdam

Looking for jazzy vibes? Here’s a list of the best jazz joints in Amsterdam. No reservations, no entrance fees, just order a drink and enjoy the jazzy tunes!

Jazz Café Alto - authentic smokey* jazz club, at least it was smokey and dark in the pre-smoking-ban era. Photo left. Jazz Café Alto, Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 115 (Leidseplein area), Amsterdam.

The Cotton Club - authentic cheerful jazz club. Photo below. The Cotton Club, Nieuwmarkt 5, Amsterdam.

Café Casablanca- honours jazz on a daily basis since 1945. Also has karaoke on Fridays evenings. Café Casablanca, Zeedijk 24 (side street Nieuwmarkt), Amsterdam.

Jazzcafé 't Geveltje - Brown cafe meets jazz centre. In the room in the back music is played and taught (e.g. jazz workshops for beginners) and in the bar you can relax and talk music. Jazzcafé 't Geveltje, Bloemgracht 170 (Jordaan), Amsterdam.

Bourbon Street - Think Blues Brothers. Every day live Blues, Rock, Soul, Funk and/or Pop. Photo left. Bourbon Street, Leidsekruisstraat 6-8 (Leidseplein area), Amsterdam.

Maloe-Melo “Small piece of old New Orleans” (quote from owner and bartender Jur). Blues & Rockcafe Maloe-Melo, Lijnbaansgracht 163 (10 mins walking from Leidseplein), Amsterdam.

Live Jazz on Sundays in Amsterdam

Brix, stylish New-York-y bar-restaurant with live jazz on Sundays from 6pm and also vocal jazz on Monday nights. Brix, Wolvenstraat 16 (9 little streets), Amsterdam

Frenzi, Enjoy a Mediterranean lunch first and then enjoy live jazz from 3 - 6 p.m. Frenzi, Zwanenburgwal 232, Amsterdam

Cafe van Zuylen, Authentic Amsterdam brown cafe with live jazz on Sundays from 5 - 8 p.m. Cafe van Zuylen, Torensteeg 8 (Jordaan), Amsterdam

Cafe van Leeuwen, informal spot popular amongst locals with a performance of a jazz quartet every Sunday from 5 - 8 p.m. Cafe van Leeuwen, Keizersgracht 711 (corner of Utrechtsestraat), Amsterdam

Bar Barca, enjoy live classical jazz and tapas. Sundays from from 6pm till midnight. Bar Barca, M. Heinekenplein 31 (De Pijp), Amsterdam.

Sugar Factory, has live jazz by the Wicked Jazz Sounds ensemble on Sundays. Sugar Factory, Lijnbaansgracht 238 (Leidseplein area), Amsterdam.

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