7 Best Jazz Bars In Sydney, Australia

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Australia has a long-drawn affinity with jazz music and it shows in its history. Sydney, in particular, holds this genre with high regard with its quality jazz venues where Australia’s best musicians have been performing. Aside from that, the city has held some of the biggest jazz festivals ever produced this side of the globe. Ever since the beautiful melodies of this type of music hit Sydney, the proliferation of jazz bars has not stopped. This is where you get to see the cream of the crop perform live. Here are the best jazz bars in Sydney, Australia, that you can check out on your next visit.

1. Venue 505 - Jazz Bar

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Posted by Venue 505 on Monday, 20 May 2019

This place is best to go to for great food while watching live performers do their rendition of various jazz genres. Here, you get to witness funk-jazz, jazz, soul, and more. The kitchen churns out some of the most affordable but flavorful bar food in the city. The bar comes fully stocked with every cocktail known to man. You get to relax in the coolest sofas and lounge tables that create a warm and inviting ambiance. The live performances start at 8:30 pm.

Venue 505 - Jazz Bar

Address: 280 Cleveland St, Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia 2010

Website: Venue 505 - Jazz Bar

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 6pm - 12pm (closed on Sun)

2. Lazybones Lounge

Posted by LazyBones Lounge Restaurant & Bar on Monday, 3 June 2019

Lazybones Lounge is where you can find the finest live jazz performers in Sydney play all seven nights of the week. The place is very relaxed and chill. This is where you can go and have wonderful conversations with your friends while appreciating the talent on stage. With a fancy design concept, the place takes on a more comfortable atmosphere akin to drinking your favorite cocktails and brews while feasting on some of the best lounge food ever. The entrance to Lazybones is located along Illawarra Road.

Lazybones Lounge

Address: 294 Marrickville Rd. Marrickville, NSW, 2204,

Website: Lazybones Lounge

Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 7pm - 12am; Thu - Sat: 5pm - 3am; Sun: 5pm - 10pm

3. Camelot Lounge

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Posted by Camelot Lounge Marrickville on Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Camelot Lounge is looked at as a trendsetter in the Sydney music industry! This serves as home to some of the best Australian and world-renowned jazz artists who play different varieties of this music. You will find people of all ages immersing themselves in the performances played out on two stages, the Camelot and the Django. The jazz played here varies from dance ditties to cool, lounge type themes that everyone will certainly love and listen to. Under 18 guests must be accompanied by adults.

Camelot Lounge

Address: Corner of 103 Railway Parade & 19 Marrickville Road, Marrickville

Website: Camelot Lounge

Opening hours: Wed - Thu: 6:30pm - 11pm; Fri - Sat: 6:30pm - 12am; Sun: 6:30pm - 11pm (closed on Mon & Tue)

4. The Hero of Waterloo Hotel

Posted by The Hero Of Waterloo Hotel on Thursday, 17 March 2016

Would you like to enjoy jazz in one of Sydney’s heritage pubs? Come to The Hero of Waterloo Hotel which has been providing locals and tourists the best live jazz entertainment with the best spirits for the last 170 years. The buzzing bar and dining venue is the perfect place to spend a night with friends or meet new acquaintances. Located at The Rocks, the place serves some of the best wines and cocktails to complement the quality of talent playing right in front of you.

The Hero of Waterloo Hotel

Address: 81 Lower Fort Street Millers Point (The Rocks)

Website: The Hero of Waterloo Hotel

Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 11am - 11:30pm; Thu - Sat: 11am - 12am; Sun: 11am - 10pm

5. The Vanguard

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Posted by The Vanguard on Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Since 2003, The Vanguard has been the venue of choice for some of the best local and international jazz artists to play at. Acknowledged as one of the best jazz bars in the city, its sound system and beautiful décor come second to none. Then there is the exceptional menu and long drink list set to satisfy your cravings. All these combine to make your stay here a memorable one. Jazz renditions played here are limitless with focus on swing, blues, and African jazz.

The Vanguard

Address: 42 King St., Newtown, New South Wales

Website: The Vanguard

Opening hours: Tue - Wed: 6pm - 12am; Thu - Sat: 6pm - 1am; Sun: 6pm - 12am (closed on Mon)

6. The Swinging Cat

Posted by The Swinging Cat on Saturday, 5 November 2016

The Swinging Cat has a strong connection to the type of jazz played all over New Orleans. Although it does not look like any of the bars in NOLA, it exemplifies the high energy of the French Quarter and its lovely atmosphere. This is what The Swinging Cat brings to the Sydney jazz scene. And if you want to see traces of a legend personified, no less than Louis Armstrong’s grandson, Herb, can do that for you whenever he is in town.

The Swinging Cat

Address: 44 King St, Sydney NSW 2000

Website: The Swinging Cat

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 4pm - 12am; Sat: 5pm - 12am (closed on Sun)

7. Foundry 616

Posted by Foundry616 on Wednesday, 4 July 2018

If you are looking for the best live jazz music in the city, Foundry 616 has exactly that for you. You will find only the top jazz artists in the city playing your favorite tunes six nights a week. Special guest artists from all over the world appear every now and then on special engagements. Behind the guidance of Sydney Improvised Music Association co-founder, Peter Rechniewski, Foundry 616 supports the likes of the Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival and Jazzgroove Association.

Foundry 616

Address: 616 Harris St., Ultimo, Sydney, Australia

Website: Foundry 616

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 6:30pm - 11:30pm (closed on Sun)

Chill and listen to the best jazz at these bars

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One of the best ways to enjoy Sydney is through its music. Jazz plays an integral part in its music scene. These bars are where you can find the best and the brightest jazz artists from the local and international scenes. With our recommendations above, there are plenty of options for you to explore when you visit Sydney.

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