Are you in the mood for jazzy tunes on the spur of the moment? Or just looking for a relaxed evening out? Here’s a list of the best jazz joints in Amsterdam. No reservations, no entrance fees, just order a drink and enjoy the live music!
Jazz Café Alto - authentic smokey* jazz club at least it was smokey and dark in the pre-smoking-ban era. Photo left. Jazz Café Alto, Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 115 (Leidseplein area), Amsterdam.
The Cotton Club - authentic cheerful jazz club. Photo below. The Cotton Club, Nieuwmarkt 5, Amsterdam.
Café Casablanca- honours jazz on a daily basis since 1945. Also has karaoke on Fridays evenings. Café Casablanca, Zeedijk 24 (side street Nieuwmarkt), Amsterdam.
Jazzcafé 't Geveltje - Brown cafe meets jazz centre. In the room in the back music is played and taught (e.g. jazz workshops for beginners) and in the bar you can relax and talk music. Jazzcafé 't Geveltje, Bloemgracht 170 (Jordaan), Amsterdam.
Bourbon Street - Think Blues Brothers. Every day live Blues, Rock, Soul, Funk and/or Pop. Photo left. Bourbon Street, Leidsekruisstraat 6-8 (Leidseplein area), Amsterdam.
Maloe-Melo “Small piece of old New Orleans” (quote from owner and bartender Jur). Blues & Rockcafe Maloe-Melo, Lijnbaansgracht 163 (10 mins walking from Leidseplein), Amsterdam.