UPDATED MAY 2021
One of the coolest things in Dallas is hardly ever talked about, and that’s all of the jazz nights around town! Whether you’re in Lakewood, Deep Ellum, or somewhere else, there’s almost always live jazz happening somewhere in Dallas!
THE BALCONY CLUB
The Balcony Club is the ultimate Dallas jazz bar! Established in 1988, The Balcony Club is nestled in Lakewood on Abrams, right next to the historic Lakewood Theater. They offer live jazz shows in an intimate, laid-back setting every night of the week. You will feel as if you entered a beatnik alleyway bar in Brooklyn in the 50s. The Balcony Club keeps both their website and their Instagram up-to-date, so you can check each week’s schedule in advance.
EVERY NIGHT | LAKEWOOD | DIRECTIONS
This Fair Park spot has been recognized not only by our very own Dallas Observer, but by the New York Observer and USA Today as well! Sandaga 813 sits on Exposition Drive, right in front of the fairgrounds. It’s definitely off the beaten path, but those who know it exists love it. You can catch Grammy-nominated jazz musicians performing there on the regular and for special occasions!
THURSDAY-SATURDAY | FAIR PARK | DIRECTIONS
photo courtesy of Sandaga 813
Chocolate Secrets, located on Oak Lawn, is an adorable little “secret.” Head inside and grab a glass of wine and some chocolate - the perfect combination! Then, hunker down and listen to some great jazz! The acts are constantly changing though, so you can check out their website for a full calendar of events.
OAK LAWN | DIRECTIONS
Every Friday and Saturday night from 6-9pm, you can catch live jazz at Terilli’s, an iconic Greenville Ave restaurant. They switch up their music quite a bit, so keep your eye on their music calendar! Terilli’s has delicious Italian food and a great patio, so their vibe is different than many of the other jazz clubs in town.
FRIDAY-SATURDAY | GREENVILLE | DIRECTIONS
THE FREE MAN CAJUN CAFE & LOUNGE
Who knew this place had not one, but two stages inside? Located in Deep Ellum, The Free Man has amazing cajun food and live music every night of the week. They have jazz, swing, and Dixieland artists and bands at 7:00 PM every night. Come grab a po’ boy and listen to some great music!
EVERY NIGHT | DEEP ELLUM | DIRECTIONS
photo courtesy of The Free Man
One of the prettiest patios in Dallas, this Harwood restaurant, located in a historic brick school house, is the perfect oasis for your Thursday and Friday evenings as well as Sunday brunches. Sit under the lights and palm trees with a flight of wine while you enjoy the live jazz from the city's up-and-coming solo artists and bands!
THURSDAY-FRIDAY, SUNDAY | HARWOOD | DIRECTIONS
CHECKERED PAST WINERY
This wine bar, hidden in the basement of the Southside building in the Cedars, hosts a variety of events over the course of the week. It’s the perfect intimate spot to enjoy a glass of wine, flatbread, and live music. When we went, there were only a few other groups in the room, so you could really take in the music and atmosphere.
THE CEDARS | DIRECTIONS
The music at Revelers Hall will draw you in from wherever you may be with the doors opened wide and sounds bellowing into the streets. It’s a New Orleans-style music hall, and they mix it up with house musicians, brass bands and special guests. There are live performers every day with matinee performances from 2-5 on the weekends!
EVERY DAY | BISHOP ARTS | DIRECTIONS
THE LIBRARY AT THE WARWICK
Consistently chosen as one of the best piano bars in Dallas, this bar in the Oak Lawn hotel takes you back in time with its grand and formal living room setup. It’s romantic and will surely impress any client, date, or friend. It’s also a great way to get your dose of Dallas history, as the hotel itself is historic! Enjoy their live music every night except Sunday, starting at 7pm!
MONDAY-SATURDAY | OAK LAWN | DIRECTIONS
photo courtesy of The Warwick