Vancouver’s live jazz scene is once again thriving. Get your jazz on and heat up the night at Vancouver’s newest live jazz and blues venues.
1. Frankie’s Jazz Club-Coastal Jazz & Blues Society
Cory Weeds, a tenor saxophonist who presented the world’s best jazz musicians for over a decade at his iconic and much loved Cellar Jazz Club before closing the doors in 2013, has found new digs with Frankie’s Jazz Club. Located downtown directly across from BC Place, Frankie’s Jazz Club is Vancouver’s “it destination” for live jazz and blues.
Cory Weeds curates the musician line-up at Frankie’s Jazz Club and also excitedly plays every Wednesday with a special guest.
Happy Hour runs Wednesday to Friday from 4pm to 6pm with no cover charge for live music and drink specials include glasses of wine and beer for $5.00.
Evening performances start at 8pm with full dinner service available from adjoined sister restaurant, Frankie’s Italian Kitchen & Bar. Second music sets start at 9:30pm with half price cover charge. On Fridays and Saturdays, a third music set starts at 11pm with no cover charge. Find the line-up of upcoming musicians and cover charges here.
Frankie’s Jazz Club
Monday to Thursday & Sunday 8pm-10pm
Fridays & Saturdays 8pm-Midnight
Happy Hour Wed. to Friday 4pm-6pm
Find old-world glamour at Vancouver’s Prohibition Bar at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia which opened in 2015. Open Thursdays to Saturdays, entrance is via Howe Street where Prohibition is marked only by two majestic wooden doors with iron handles and an overhead green light which is turned on when the bar is open. From 5pm to 8pm, patrons can enjoy the first act at no cover charge. Cover starts at 8pm and bands play til midnight on Thursdays and 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.
Home to the city’s best handcrafted designer cocktails, Prohibition also showcases one of the largest selections of whiskeys by the glass along with an outstanding selection of beer, wine and bubbles.
Prohibition also serves up the mysterious liquor, absinthe, the nineteenth century’s “it drink” associated with many famous writers including Ernest Hemingway, Edgar Allan Poe and Oscar Wilde. Absinthe also known as “la fée verte” (the green fairy) was once banned in most of Europe and the United States due to rumours that it contained hallucinogenic properties.
For the beautiful and the damned, Prohibition is the city’s top destination for killer cocktails and late-night live jazz and blues music. Find the line-up of upcoming musicians and cover charges here.
Prohibition Bar at Rosewood Hotel Georgia
801 West Georgia Street (Entrance off Howe Street).
Friday and Saturday 5pm-3am
Blue Martini Jazz Cafe opened in 2016 on Kitsilano’s trendy Yew Street. While the apartments upstairs have the music shutting down by 11pm on weekends and 10pm during the week, it’s the neighbourhood spot to kick back and listen to jazz.
Blue Martini presents an excellent line-up of jazz and blues musicians. The dinner menu is inspired by Vancouver’s long-standing sister restaurant, Francesco’s Ristorante Italia located on Burrard Street in downtown Vancouver. Find an excellent selection of wines and bubbles along with martinis, cocktails and a solid selection of whiskies by the glass.
After a hard day on the beach, make a reservation for dinner or sit at the bar and enjoy this neighborhood jazz spot. Find the line-up of upcoming musicians and cover charges here.
Blue Martini Jazz Cafe
1516 Yew Street
Sunday to Thursday 6pm-10pm
Fridays and Saturdays 8pm-11pm