For music and refreshments check out this incredible array of clubs featuring jazz and blues inspired music during the Festival!
2616 Main Street
New to the Club Series this year, we are very excited to see this favourite Main Street haunt host several nights of jazz and blues during the Festival. Situated near the corner of Main and Broadway, along what was once Brewery Creek, The Cascade Room offers a daily Happy Hour (4pm-6pm) and daily drink features all days except Sunday (offering instead a roast beef dinner and all the trimmings)! This is the place to have a great time with a group of friends and hang with the hip Main Street crowd.
3124 West Broadway
Over on the West side and feel like rocking out? The Fringe Cafe is able to itch that scratch during the Jazz Festival, and all year-round. The Fringe is noted as an “informal watering hole serving up local and imported brews, spirits and pub grub amid a laid-back vibe”. This cozy/cool “dive bar” is the oldest neighbourhood bar on West Broadway and may become your very own home away from home. Drink specials every day of the week and comfort pub food will get you through any night.
1 Alexander St.
Get there early and stay late! As a self professed “dark, intimate space for cocktails and nibbles” this literally underground venue is below the Local Restaurant, so look for the entrance to the left of the building. A great place to dance, and play one of the many games they have on hand. You are sure to be delighted by their mixed-drink menu which is extensive and wildly creative. For local beer lovers, this cozy, fun spot is an ideal venue to hand out and listen to music.
3014 Granville St.
Let’s have a ball and a biscuit at Vancouver’s original New Orleans restaurant. Listen to their incredible brass and blues based programing during Jazz Fest (and through the year, in fact) while basking in an inviting atmosphere, sipping on bourbon and indulging in any number of classic Louisiana spicy dishes. Top off the uplifting festivities with one of the many southern-inspired desserts ( say yeaaah to pecan pie). Food and drink specials every day of the week and Happy Hour specials Sunday-Friday (3pm-6pm) & (9pm-midnight).
403 E Hastings St.
Established in 1914 The Patricia Cafe was one of Vancouver’s jazz hotspots and is thick with jazz history. Currently rebranded as Hastings Mill Brewing, the development of an onsite microbrewery (with six exclusive beers) is just one of the many reasons people love to hang out at this sprawling, unpretentious pub. “Pat’s” remains a go-to venue for jazz enthusiasts and they host the city’s longest running Jazz Jam on Monday nights, and the ever popular [email protected] Series on Saturday afternoons “Hot Food. Cool Jazz. No Cover.”
1177 Marinaside Crescent
If Spot Prawns and Champagne are what you’re after, Provence Marinaside, along the English Bay seawall is the elegance you’ll appreciate to pair with your jazz. The French and West Coast inspired Ocean Wise seafood-based menu gives you a taste of all that’s good in life. Year round, they host jazz every Wednesday, and during the Festival there are five evenings of jazz. Reservations are recommended.
579 Dunsmuir St.
The new Railway Stage and Beer Cafe is “committed to an engaged bar program, and all the original bravado that makes for a stunning, intimate live room.” The Railway will have up to four musical acts per evening, so there is a lot to check out here. There are sandwiches and snacks to keep you upright for all that music and the draught list is enough to keep any local beer lover in delight. Come here to check out their new decor and raucous line-up of music!
238 Abbott St.
Southern dining, cocktails and all that jazz. A late night hotspot, their kitchen is open until the wee hours most evenings, which is the perfect time to toss back some oysters and short ribs and listen to jazz. The comfortable yet funky décor and upbeat vibe feels like you’re just hanging out at a friend’s house. Located in Gastown, they’ll be turning out ten nights of jazz, blues, and some good ol’ swing during the Festival.
2095 Commercial Dr.
300 Water Street
‘Casual class’ best describes this beautiful historic restaurant in one of Vancouver’s first neighbourhoods. If you’re looking for an incredible fresh and locally-sourced brunch, or dinner in a bustling Gastown locale across from the ever-popular steam clock, this is the perfect choice during the Festival (and thereafter). The 2nd Floor will have extensive, mainly jazz programming for both brunch and dinner on all eleven days of the Festival – so be sure to check out some of the class acts!
8482 Granville Street
South Vancouver dwellers, we’ve got you covered, well at least the good people of The Yard Cafe do with 10 nights of programming. If you’re looking for a more raucous blues-inspired few nights at the end of a long day, you can be rest assured that The Yard will welcome you warmly with simple, comfort food and a daily draught special every day from 4pm-6pm and 10pm-12am. Apparently the scotch selection is quite something to see!
And that’s it for the Club Series. Make sure to visit these live music venues all throughout the year!