Get Sax-y With Brisbane’s Best Jazz Clubs

jazz it up

By Lauren Payne | 29th February 2024

This year, we’re all about embracing cool, sophisticated vibes and there’s nowhere cooler or more sophisticated than a cosy jazz club, IMO.  Luckily there are so many in Brisbane that aren’t just cool, they’re downright groovy!

If you’ve seen the iconic movie La La Land, then you’ll have a good idea of what a jazz club can deliver. We’re talking excellent mood lighting, comfortable vintage furniture, eclectic décor, and smooth music that is somehow both relaxing and danceable at the same time. 

Ready to see what all the fuss is about? Then head to one of these jazz clubs where you can get jiggy wit’ some cool cats and scat the night away.

By the way, we consider everyone in this list the best of the best! To make finding your next favourite that much easier, we’ve ordered the list alphabetically by suburb and also have filtering tabs for your convenience. Did we miss someone from the list? Let us know here!   Hide the form

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Mr Vain

Fortitude Valley

Every Thursday night, be hypnotised by the smooth, nostalgic sounds of NYC jazz at the oh-so chic Mr. Vain. Hidden down a moody laneway in Fortitude Valley and illuminated with ambient orange lighting, Mr Vain allows you to indulge in their delicious à la carte menu and sip on a Manhattan as jazz music fills the air. This is the perfect place to dip your toes into the world of jazz if you haven’t already, so gather the gang and pop into Mr Vain for some delicious drinks, tasty bites, and sweet, sweet sounds.

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Doo-Bop Bar

Brisbane City

When you bring up the topic of local jazz joints, someone will almost certainly always mention Doo-Bop Ba. With live music every Friday and Saturday night in their Basement Bar, you’ll find both local, interstate, and international artists getting their groove on while you sip on your favourite cocktail. If you’re looking for the real deal when it comes to jazz music, then you definitely need to visit Doo-Bop. 

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Brisbane Jazz Club

Kangaroo Point

The Brisbane Jazz Club is a musical institution. Known as the home of live jazz in Brisbane, a night at this iconic venue provides you with beautiful views of the Story Bridge from the private river deck, scrumptious food, refreshing drinks, and incredible artists from across the world, improvising exciting jazz music on the spot – no musical experience is the same at this beloved establishment! So, if you want to see the best of the best, then head over to the Brisbane Jazz Club.

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Jazz Music Institute

Bowen Hills

What many people may not know is that Brisbane is home to the Jazz Music Institute, a private higher education provider that offers courses in the art of jazz. In addition to providing a variety of study courses, the Jazz Music Institute also hosts JMI Live, a series of live music events that everyone can attend to see both students and popular music acts showcase their talents. With an intimate setting, great acoustics, and a relaxed atmosphere, JMI Live is a great place to bring your friends for a night on the town and to discover some of Brisbane’s best up and comers.

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Chattanooga Jazz Bar

Fortitude Valley

Chattanooga is a jazz bar inspired by America’s deep south, where jazz music first began. With vintage furniture, hearty food, and a casual atmosphere, Chattanooga is a welcoming place for absolutely anyone. Whether you’re new to the world of jazz or know John Coltrane’s discography like the back of your hand, at Chattanooga, you’ll be able to enjoy the full jazz experience and feel right at home. 

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By Lauren Payne When she’s not chewing your ear off about the full moon, Lauren can be found making playlists and sipping her third coffee of the day.



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