Jazz Bars in Birmingham
Saxophones, trumpets and dulcet tones, Jazz is one of the universal genres that manages to hit every bone in your body all at once, and Birmingham have clearly picked up on this. From heaving Jazz nights to intimate evenings of smooth notes and even smoother drinks, there are plenty of bars that can satisfy your jazz needs in the Midlands. Check out our recommendations for the best Jazz bars in Birmingham.
Last updated on 14th March 2017
The Night Owl is Digbeth’s hub of Northern Soul, bringing everything funky, vibrant and retro to lovers across the midlands. So how could it not be on this list? Regularly bringing favourites from the 60s, 70s and 80s in a venue decked out in throwback oddities, this old school haven is a must for jazz fans and beyond.
The Old Joint Stock is the perfect backdrop for jazz in Birmingham with its beautiful period interiors and classical feel. It’s also home to a variety of entertainment acts from theatre plays and comedy to live music and, of course, jazz! Check the listings regularly to get the jazz fix you’ve been looking for.
One of the most infamous music venues in Birmingham, The Jam House is a Jools Holland curated and approved live venue. From the Blues to Jazz, every night at The Jam House is home to some of the best in international talents and musical bands. Nab yourself a balcony table for one of the best seats in the house at this cosy venue.
The Flapper does two things well: canal side drinks that are ideal for summer, and hosting some of the best live music the city has to offer. While the cool venue does cater more to the indie end of the spectrum, keep an eye on their listings for any jazz bands coming for the time to unleash your inner-double bass demon.
Though mostly bringing huge DJs and live rock bands to their stage, the team at the Chameleon know what a good jazz night in Birmingham is all about. Hosting regular events and inviting some of the biggest up-and-coming names in Britain's jazz scene, the venue's elegant stage will regularly host some of the best jazz nights in Birmingham. Drenched in sleek glass features and washed with dim lighting, it's easy to lose yourself in such a suave venue.
Don't be fooled by this venue's 'wildest-club-in-town' vibes, you'll be able to hear all the best funk, soul and jazz tracks at this bar in Birmingham's Arcadian complex. The elegant seating areas, dim lighting and bar stocked full of all your favourite beers and spirits offer Birmingham's jazz lovers a great spot to relax and swoon the evening away in.
Fan of sultry Blues, caramel tones and indulgent notes? Then let this event at the Hare and Hounds be your intimate jazz alternative. The famous musical pub is known to host regular jazz evenings, which are cosy and atmospheric evenings of classic melodies and soulful tones, perfect for anyone looking to experience jazz for the first time.
They may be known for their deluxe and sensibly sourced British grub, but Fleet Street Kitchen are harbouring a musical secret downstairs. With a regular rotation of live acts gracing their stages, Fleet Street Kitchen are keeping the romantic charm of Jazz alive with regular showcases and an amorous atmosphere.
An elegant cocktail bar during the day, the Poppy Red bursts into life, when the venue's DJs take control after dark. For all the jazz fans in town, head down on a mellow Sunday and watch the hours drift away, as a talented band of seasoned jazz performers fill the air with melodic nights, lively saxophone and heavy double bass sounds.
Casino's are not only a hubbub for stag and hen do's in Birmingham or brave roulette patrons, they can be a great environment for live entertainment too. Hosting many different musical nights, including a famed jazz evening, Broadway Casino promise both a relaxed and bustling atmosphere in their Manhattan cocktail bar with the sound of saxophones to boot.
The great thing about Jazz is that it's pretty darn welcoming to anyone and everyone. Harking the same vibes, ORT is an independant cafe that welcomes everyone with open arms. Home to a collection of art exhibitions, wine nights and a sultry jazz evening every Friday, it's a bohemian retreat from the fanciful bars of Birmingham city centre, where unique beers and relaxing vibes reign supreme.