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10 Best Jazz Bars In Seattle, Washington - Updated 2020

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Rebecca
Rebecca
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When you hear the phrase “jazz club,” you might have a very specific image in mind – smokey rooms dimly lit in blues and purples with a lone sax player behind a dusty microphone. Classic, it’s true, and for some of these places, this is exactly the vibe its patrons want. But Seattle does more than just the classic! This city thinks way out of the box in its interpretation of “jazz club” and has created a jazz scene as unique as the city itself. From live performances to karaoke nights to DJ parties, these joints offer more than just a fancy cocktail and some background tunes; they offer a whole music experience perfect for an evening out! So, keep reading to find out more about the best jazz bars in Seattle, Washington!

1. Tula's Restaurant and Jazz Club

Editor’s Note: Establishment is permanently closed.

Tula’s will transport you right back in time to the golden age of jazz. This little spot can be easily missed when walking the street, but keep your eyes peeled for the glowing neon sign because you’ll want to make Tula’s your final destination. The club offers everything a jazz enthusiast could want, with live performance six nights a week, a cozy interior with tables close to the stage, and a host renowned for the name Tula’s has made for herself! Tula’s does offer a menu with decently priced meals, as well as a large selection of beers, wines, and cocktails, but everyone will tell you the focus is always on the local artists and their music. So order yourself a martini and escape into the rhythm and blues at Tula’s.

Tula's Restaurant and Jazz Club

Address: 2214 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Website: Tula’s Restaurant and Jazz Club

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 6pm - 10:30pm ; Fri - Sat: 6pm - 11:30pm (closed on Mon)

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2. Egan’s Ballard Jam House

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The patrons regularly refer to this joint as “intimate” and “inviting” with its yummy food and live entertainment. In keeping with the traditions of old-time variety shows, Egan’s encourages performances which are as varied in talent as they are in sound. From cabaret nights to jazz quartets and student performances, Egan’s offers all kinds of shows to cater to all kinds of preferences. So if you’re looking for an evening with dinner and local talent, check out Egan’s! Always be sure to check their schedule ahead of time, since they will not be open if there is not a show booked for the evening.

Egan’s Ballard Jam House

Address: 1707 NW Market Street, Seattle, WA 98107

Website: Egan’s Ballard Jam House

Opening hours: Wed - Sat: 6pm - 11pm (closed from Sun - Tue)

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3. Jazzbones

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Jazzbones welcomes its guests to enjoy all kinds of live entertainment, from tribute bands to rhythm and blues to even the occasional wrestling match! A proponent of the arts in more ways than one, Jazzbones regularly throws release parties for aspiring music artists, which are always a crowd favorite. Feeling a little karaoke? Monday’s are “Rockaraoke” nights where anyone can get up and show off their talent (or lack thereof, they’re not picky)! And Thursdays are ladies night with a DJ who always makes sure the dance floor is popping! So get the gang together and head on down for a party!

Jazzbones

Address: 2803 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98406

Website: Jazzbones

Opening hours: Mon: 8pm - 1am; Tue - Wed: 6pm - 1am; Thu: 8pm - 1:30am; Fri - Sat: 6pm - 1:30am (closed on Sun)

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4. Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley

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This award-winning club has become one of Seattle’s favorites over the years. Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley is a sit-down supper club where patrons can spend an evening choosing from the large dinner and drink menu while enjoying a live performance onstage. From jazz to folk to classic rock, Dimitriou’s welcomes all varieties of live talent. Be sure to book your reservation ahead of time, for the highly recommended intimate seating near the stage sells out quickly on the weekends!

Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley

Address: 2033 6th Avenue, Seattle WA 98121

Website: Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 6pm - 11pm; Fri - Sat: 5:30pm - 12am

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5. Vito's

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Vito’s gives its guests the opportunity to experience the music of world-renowned musicians all while relaxing in a cozy lounge atmosphere. This restaurant and entertainment venue offers a wide variety of food and drink in both the lounge area as well as the dining area so guests can sip and snack while swaying to the sounds onstage. Live performances occur Wednesday to Sunday, so whether you’re looking for classic jazz, a little indie, or something more folksy, there’s sure to be a night you’ll want to go!

Vito’s

Address: 927 9th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

Website: Vito’s

Opening hours: 4pm - 2am (daily)

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6. Barça

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Barça’s guests rave about the handcrafted specialty cocktails served at the bar and during the daily happy hour. Although the club is open every night and offers evenings of cabaret and drag, the audience-favorite live jazz performances are held every Thursday night from 9pm to 12am. House wines are only 12 USD per bottle on these evenings so you can enjoy an old-time evening of good conversation over a glass or a little dancing to the bass!

Barça

Address: 1510 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Website: Barça

Opening hours: 5pm - 2am (daily)

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7. Mac's Triangle Pub

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Mac’s is a favorite for both out-of-towners and locals alike, so you know it’s good! With its classic, all-American pub menu and a bar which offers everything from well to top-shelf, you’ll leave not only with a full stomach but a full soul! Live performances in jazz, rock, and alternative music keep the diners well entertained during the meal, as well as select variety nights ranging from bingo to karaoke. So if you’re looking for more than just a restaurant, pop into Mac’s for a full evening of activity!

Mac's Triangle Pub

Address: 9454 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106

Website: Mac’s Triangle Pub

Opening hours: 12pm - 2am (daily)

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8. Sea Monster Lounge

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The Sea Monster Lounge is as fresh and funky as the neon murals decorating its interior. With intimate little nooks inside and a large covered patio out, there are plenty of tables scattered around at which you can order beer on tap or a house cocktail. You can catch live music performances of jazz, funk, and soul every day they’re open, except on Saturdays when they spice things up with a little Cuban/Latin vibe!

Sea Monster Lounge

Address: 2202 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103

Website: Sea Monster Lounge

Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 6pm - 2am (closed on Sun & Mon)

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9. The Royal Room

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The Royal Room is truly a center for the arts in that it fosters talent exploration, recordings, and live performances within its walls. Seven nights a week, artists come and perform both new and old music, original content, and unique collaborations! With a heavy focus on the blues, the Royal Room’s goal is to introduce and convince its guests that the soulful blues, organic melodies have yet to lose its rich flavor!

The Royal Room

Address: 5000 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

Website: The Royal Room

Opening hours: 5pm - 2am (daily)

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10. The Angry Beaver

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Although primarily a hockey bar, the Angry Beaver caters to more than just sports fans! Music fans are also welcome to attend karaoke nights on Mondays (9pm), as well as Jazz at the Beaver at 9pm on Sundays. The jazz band performs their own music at the start, but then open up the stage for a jam session afterward! Bring your own instrument and try your hand at some jazzy improv!

The Angry Beaver

Address: 8412 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Website: The Angry Beaver

Opening hours: Sat - Sun: 11:30am - 2am; Mon - Fri: 4pm - 2am

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Jazz for every taste

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Whether you are in the mood for some classic, soul-filling rhythm and blues, or are feeling something a bit more up-and-coming, Seattle’s jazz club scene is sure to have just the place with the vibe you want! Always be sure to check the club’s calendar so that you can attend the perfect event for you!

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