The best Jazz clubs and live music venues in San Francisco Bay Area
This stylish, sexy supper club with a speakeasy vibe pairs delicious cocktails with exciting jazz every night - both contemporary and traditional. Expect smartly dressed regulars and nervous couples on first dates. For weekend shows be sure to make advance reservations.
This cute, cottage-like non-profit gallery in the Mission District opens its doors to musicians on weekends, showcasing jazz (often avant-garde and fusion), acoustica, and world music. A living-room like space with a capacity of around 30, it offers a uniquely intimate and interactive listening experience with artists. #cash-only
The main performance space at SFJAZZ, this auditorium is acoustically designed for Jazz. Wooden slats running along the walls disperse sound uniformly while adding a low-key visual flair. Its steeply raked seating plan offers good sight-lines, and even a sense of intimacy, from just about every vantage.
Named after the legendary jazz saxophonist, the Joe Henderson Lab is a dramatic space surrounded by glass walls on two sides, its goings-on visible to passers-by. The Lab hosts small performances and interactive workshops.
Styled after New York City jazz houses of the past, this retro bar hosts regular shows by a roster of bay area's coolest bands playing jazz and swing, often sprinkled with folk and latin music that draws the diverse crowd to the dance floor. #cash-only
Bay area's premier supper club has hosted almost every jazz great over the past 40 years, and continues to attract the biggest names in mainstream jazz, blues, latin and world music from around the world. The music is served with top-shelf Japanese "sousaku" cuisine.
In the heart of San Jose's SoFA district, Cafe Stritch (formerly Eulipia) has has a long history of supporting the live performing arts scene. It hosts a variety of live music Wednesdays through Saturdays, including some of the best jazz shows in South Bay.
California Jazz Conservatory
The CJC's intimate 100-seat concert space hosts performances by CJC faculty and students, as well as visiting high-profile artists.
An outpost of New York City's historic Blue Note in Greenwich Village, this new 150-seat jazz club brings intimate of live jazz to the Napa Valley, along with a farm-to-table dinner menu.
This late-night hangout with a mix of contemporary and art-deco touches has excellent cocktails and hosts free jazz shows every night.