Enjoy a night out at a Jazz Bar in Sydney

26 May 2015

The Vanguard Newtown

The Vanguard Newtown


Since emerging in the United States in the early years of the 20th Century, jazz has consistently drawn spectators and swing dancers, enjoying a fervid following across the globe. A combination of improvisation, swing and other elements, the musical style is still performed regularly in bars and venues scattered around the NSW capital. Enjoy sets from a mix of local and international big bands and performers at one of Sydney’s jazz bars this weekend:

Dome Bar – Spend an evening enjoying the sound of live jazz and burlesque while sipping on expertly-mixed drinks at Dome Bar. Located on Surry Hills Crown Street, Dome offers an impressive wine list and a vibrant atmosphere ideal for a night out.

Venue 505 – Open from Monday to Saturday, Venue 505 presents a handful of live jazz performances throughout the week. 505 started as an underground artist-run evening in the grungy graffiti-covered Hibernian House, before being established as a permanent venue on Cleveland Street. Head to the Surry Hills jazz spot on a Monday or Tuesday for free entry or start your weekend right with some live tunes ranging from gypsy, swing and funk, on a Friday night.

SIMA at the Sound Lounge – Join the Sydney Improvised Music Association each Friday and Saturday night for an evening of jazz at the Sound Lounge. Located within Chippendale’s Seymour Centre, the venue offers cosy cafe-style seating as well as a licensed bar serving up some light refreshments.

The Basement – Open seven days a week, The Basement, near Circular Quay, is a popular venue for live music, improvised performances and swing dancing classes. See both local and international performers take the stage at Sydney’s oldest licensed music venue, and enjoy the Australian inspired menu.

The Hero of Waterloo Hotel – Head to the historic hotel located within Sydney’s iconic Rocks precinct to enjoy a variety of live jazz, soul and folk performances. First opened 170 years ago, the Hero of Waterloo is a great place to unwind on a weekend to folk on Friday and Saturday nights, and the sounds of old time jazz on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Foundry 616 – A key venue of the Sydney International Women’s Jazz festival, Ultimo’s Foundry SixOneSix offers a blend of modern jazz and other genres. Complete with a menu of pizza, tapas and hearty mains, the venue is a top spot for enjoying up-and-coming jazz talent.

The Vanguard – Located on King Street in Newtown, the elegant Vanguard has come to be known as one of Sydney’s hotspots for jazz and blues. Hosting some of the best local and international jazz performers, a night out at the Vanguard is made even more memorable by the venue’s 1920s inspired interior and tantalising menu.

Jazushi – Delight your senses with a blend of fine Japanese fusion dishes complemented by live jazz at Surry Hill’s Jazushi. Boasting three distinct dining areas and performances every night of the week, the quirky eatery is ideal for an intimate date, a night out with friends and even functions.

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  • William Lewis

    Hey, just wondering if any of these places have live bands and a dance floor to dance the night away 1920’s style? If not, does anyone know of such a place?

    • Natalie

      Did you ever find out? I’d love to this this type of thing also!