Melbourne’s secret jazz venues

Take in a cosy night out at an intimate jazz club this winter. From tributes to Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra to world-class contemporary artists – there’s a show for all tastes almost every night of the week.

Paris Cat Jazz Club

The luxurious yet rustic fit-out of this three-storey, 1895 warehouse epitomises post-war Parisian chic. The Paris Cat Jazz Club presents a mix of bebop, gypsy swing, soul, blues, funk and more, welcoming lovers of all music genres. Even Robbie Williams and his big band have graced the intimate stage.

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The Paris Cat

Bird’s Basement

Treat a special someone to an evening of fine dining and world-class music at Bird’s Basement, sister club to New York’s famed Birdland. The 200-seat venue offers dinner shows featuring top local and international talent such as James Morrison, Kurt Elling and Renee Geyer. Even Molly Ringwald – 80s teen icon turned songstress – has appeared at Bird’s.

Vamos

Float away on the sweet, funky tones of Dany Maia and her Brazilian jazz band every Friday night at Vamos. Expect classic tunes like The Girl from Ipanema and Mas Que Nada served alongside Spanish and Latin American-inspired tapas (with a Melbourne twist) and drinks from Buenos Aires to Barcelona.

A heavily stocked mexican style bar with two mexican figurines on display

Vamos

Speakeasy HQ

Gather some friends for a colourful night out at Speakeasy HQ. The variety-style program features up to a dozen artists per night, from jazz acts to stand-up comedy, dance and burlesque. Keep an eye out for tributes to jazz divas like Nina Simone and Etta James.

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The staff at Speakeasy HQ

Transit Rooftop Bar

Head to Transit Rooftop Bar to enjoy jazz and blues acts like The Shuffle Club, Pugsley Buzzard and rotating pianists on the baby grand. While you listen, enjoy sweeping views of the city and Yarra River from the heated outdoor terraces, contemporary cocktails and great food from Taxi Kitchen. It’s the perfect spot to start or finish a winter’s night out in Melbourne.