Sure in winter the temptation can be to look outside and see the rain, or feel the cold and think, ‘nah, I’ll stay in tonight’. However, there’s nothing quite like heading out to somewhere warm and cosy, enjoying a few vinos and some live jazz music. Perth has its fair share of just these types of venues, and we’ve dropped a few below to get you out of the house, and into some serious grooves…
Ellington Jazz Club
One of Perth’s most popular and well-established jazz haunts, the Ellington hosts a revolving door of top tier jazz talent from here and abroad. World class music in a warm, intimate environment that has a penchant for getting pretty rowdy (especially at the late shows), there’s a reason it’s Perth’s go-to for live jazz, open just about every night of the week.
191 Beaufort St, Perth
The Jazz Cellar
One of Perth’s best (or is it worst?) kept secrets, The Jazz Cellar lies underneath an un-missable red phone box in Mt Hawthorn, and is the home of jazzy good times. Booking ahead is essential, they’ll provide the live jazz entertainment and you just need to bring some booze and food (it’s BYO)!
139 Buxton St, Mt Hawthorn
Taking over the old Halfords in the city, Pooles Temple has only just opened but is already proving a hit thanks to the stunning décor, underground speakeasy vibes and of course, live jazz. Every Friday and Saturday the bar hosts a carefully curated selection of live jazz musicians, hand-picked by nationally regarded singer, Bodycoat.
Cnr Hay St & Cathedral Ave, Perth
The Duke Of George
Sitting pretty at the end of East Freo’s beloved George St, The Duke Of George brings a New Orleans-esque mix of blues and jazz. Set within the heritage-listed Brush Factory, their top shelf local jazz musicians are only matched by the locally-sourced produce you’ll find in their Southern Louisana-inspired menu.
135 George St, East Fremantle
Rodney’s Bait & Tackle
Over the past couple of years Rodney’s Bait & Tackle has become a huge hit in the area, and a big part of that is their stacked live music program. And a regular feature of said program is their commitment to live jazz, with usually at least one night a week devoted to masters of the craft.
598 Stirling Hwy, Mosman Park
Right at home in the bustling Leederville local bar scene, Amani Bar & Kitchen aren’t averse to hosting some live jazz on the reg.
1/162 Oxford St, Leederville
Cover photo of The Jazz Cellar in Mount Hawthorn