Best Jazz Bars in Toronto
Jazz originated in the early 19th and 20th centuries in the African-American communities of New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. Now, jazz is widely listened to by people all around the globe and has even come to Toronto, in the form of jazz bars. Some of our local artists are featured in Toronto and guests enjoy a soothing or electric night out with some food, friends and a drink or two!
Here are some of the top choices for fun and entertaining jazz bars:
1) The Reservoir Lounge
2) The Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar
The Rex Hotel is one of Toronto’s prestige bars for blues, soul, jazz and swing! There are overnight rooms so that you and some friends can enjoy a late night stay at the bar. Patios open from 11am for the 2nd half of the month so you can enjoy great food for a great price.
3) Jazz Bistro
4) The Emmet Ray
On 924 College Street, The Emmet Ray, named and embodied by this mystical man, Mr. Ray, the jazz bar came into existence in December 2009. It features dinner and a show, entertainment, events and pop-ups and, of course, scotch. Private whiskey tastings are available for birthdays, bachelorettes and more and Emmet Ray is also available to host for fundraisers, book rehearsal dinners and other types of gatherings.
6) Grossman’s Tavern
On 377 Spadina Avenue, at the “Home of the Blues”, you can find one of the longest-running music venues in Toronto. From creative art painted on the house’s white walls to a charming collection of any alcoholic beverage you can find in-bar, this local tavern is prominent in folk, rock, roots and jazz that can fix anyone in need of some local song.
8) Poetry Jazz Bar Toronto
This energetic jazz bar hosts some of the most experienced and world-renowned artists that perform jazz, blues, rock, soul, comedy and poetry. The element of poetry blasted to the no. 1 spot, seeing Torontonians from all across the city embrace the styles and speeches of The Shafton Thomas Group and more.
9) LA REV
At 2848 Dundas Street West, at La Junction, LA REV is an authentic Mexican “cocina” or kitchen which serves Mexican snacks, appetizers, beverages and food to a live bar and even livelier guest performances. It plays an important role in historical context which is inspired by the Mexican Revolution and provides lively local music acts and inspirational art.
10) Bluebird Bar
11) Alchemy Food & Drink
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