Toe-tapping Vancouver venues to catch live jazz

The Vancouver jazz scene is making more and more of a name for itself. With the International Jazz Festival in late June drawing some incredible acts, the city is becoming known for some of its cool venues. But don't wait till the festival to catch some class acts. Order some food and sit back with a glass of wine or a bourbon, and listen to some sultry jazz at one of these fantastic Vancouver venues.

Pourhouse Restaurant

1
162 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B2

It’s easy to eat, drink and be merry at this popular spot in Gastown. Housed in a century-old heritage building and furnished with Victorian-era antiques, the old-world style watering hole is equal parts refined and relaxed. Classic cocktails are paired with sophisticated comfort cuisine – think spaghetti and meatballs with fresh basil, baked oysters or grilled chicken with chimichurri. The bar hosts live jazz musicians every Sunday night, making it a great spot to end the weekend.

Tangent Cafe Vancouver

2
2095 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 4B1

This beloved Commercial Drive haunt attracts a steady stream of locals from day to night with its tasty eats, rotating craft beer taps and live jazz performances on Thursdays and Sundays. The café and bar hosts an eclectic mix of local Vancouver bands as well as visiting performers from across the country. We suggest pairing the smooth sounds of Lisa Miller, Jesse Cahill and Cole Schmidt with a tasting flight of seasonal ales from local brewers.

Fairview Vancouver Pub

3
898 Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1J8

Whether you favour soulful ballads or lively big-band brass, the diverse roster of talented musicians gracing the stage at this cozy pub will be music to your ears. The West Broadway bar hosts live music Thursday through Saturday (as well as other nights); previous performers have included harmonica player Harpdog Brown and blues pianist Willie MacCalder. The pub also offers an appetizing menu and a laid-back ambiance where crowds of all ages feel welcome.

The Ouisi Bistro

4
3014 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3J8

The Ouisi is a New Orleans-inspired restaurant on Granville Street. Besides their scrumptious Cajun and Creole cuisine, they also host regular live music events. Their drink menu boasts a large selection of good whiskeys, bourbons and single malt scotches, so you won’t go thirsty here.

Revel Room Holdings Ltd The

5
238 Abbott St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2K8

Revel Room is a popular Gastown location for drink connoisseurs who appreciate finely mixed liqueurs and delicious southern cuisine. They often feature live jazz throughout the week, so keep an eye on their schedule, or just pop in if you’re in the 'hood to see what’s going down.

Cottage Bistro

6
4470 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3R3

Cottage Bistro has a live jazz jam every Monday evening from 7 to 11 pm, as well as great music and jams on other nights, too. This Main Street venue also has an incredible selection of single malt scotch and is open until midnight daily. Keep an eye on their music schedule and check it out soon.

Displace Hashery

7
3293 4th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6K 1R8

Displace Hashery has live music on Tuesdays, as well as live events on other nights of the week. Drop in for some food and visit one of the city’s most popular patios. Try their specials menu while you’re there, including $3.50 lagers, wine and spirits on Tuesdays.

Budget Inn - Patricia Hotel

8
403 Hastings St E, Vancouver, BC V6A 1P6

Pat’s Pub is located in the Patricia Hotel in the Downtown Eastside. They have plenty of food and beer, as well as regular performances by great jazz artists. Check their website for listings and come experience the ambiance that has made this hotel one of the city’s premier jazz spots since 1914.

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