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Help! Need a place with drinks and great Jazz?

Schweinhaxen May 29, 2009 09:44 AM

Not looking for a fancy place with fou fou drinks but decent drinks and great Jazz. I have a friend coming in on Saturday, June 6th and want to know what are some good venues. It can be anything from fancy to the good ole down and dirtty......


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  1. Servorg RE: Schweinhaxen May 29, 2009 09:48 AM

    The first place that comes to mind right away is Vibrato up in the Glen off of Mulholland Dr. and Beverly Glen. While you can dine and drink here you can just drink and listen as well.


    Vibrato Grill & Jazz
    2930 Beverly Glen Circle, Bel Air, CA 90077

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      Schweinhaxen RE: Servorg May 29, 2009 10:23 AM

      Anybody know of any late jam night sessions somewhere too? with drinks? I heard there are places in the Valley and also in South Central late night.

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        Servorg RE: Schweinhaxen May 29, 2009 10:29 AM

        How late is late? You can't serve liquor after 2 AM. The Baked Potato has an 11:30 PM show.


        Baked Potato
        3787 Cahuenga Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

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          Servorg RE: Servorg May 29, 2009 10:36 AM

          One other thought. While we haven't been there is Spazio in Sherman Oaks. Anyone with experience here please chime in.


          Spazio Restaurant
          14755 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

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            CynD RE: Servorg May 30, 2009 03:23 AM

            Visited Spazio for the first time about a month ago. Had soup and a salad, with a glasss of wine. All were quite good, but I felt a bit overpriced. Good music, good service, nice space. I'd go back.

        2. re: Schweinhaxen
          FranklinJefferson RE: Schweinhaxen May 29, 2009 02:53 PM

          Vibrato and Spazio are definitely on the fancy end. Down and dirty would be Baked Potato and, if you're in the mood for Blues, also Cozy's Bar & Grill. Spazio's jazz sets usually end on the early side (for my taste - midnight or so) but I believe the others go right up to the last call limit.

          1. re: Schweinhaxen
            archer RE: Schweinhaxen May 29, 2009 03:11 PM

            For great, serious jazz, Charlie O's in Valley Glen (on Victory Blvd., just west of Woodman). Food is fine, not inspired, but music is wonderful; drinks are good. Old time intimate club which attracts all top jazz players in L.A. (often same line-up as Vibrato's for much less $). Last set is usually @ 11 or 11:30.
            For jam sessions, you might want to check out The World Stage in Leimart Park. I've never been, but it's a historic, renowned jazz club noted among other things for its weekly jam sessions starting @ 9 & running till midnight or so (on Thursdays). I'm not sure what they offer in regards to food & drink, it's very well-known & loved in jazz circles for its musical offerings.

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              archer RE: archer May 29, 2009 03:18 PM

              forgot to include links:


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                Schweinhaxen RE: archer May 29, 2009 06:19 PM

                Word, this is exactly what im lookin for. Thanks!!

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                JAB RE: archer May 29, 2009 04:15 PM

                There's Babes & Rickies in Leimert Park as well.

            2. re: Servorg
              hdalsy RE: Servorg May 29, 2009 10:27 AM

              second that

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                schrutefarms RE: Servorg May 29, 2009 12:18 PM

                I think that's the place Herb Alpert owns. He is known for popping in and doing an impromptu set.

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                  Schweinhaxen RE: schrutefarms May 29, 2009 01:00 PM

                  The baked potato or Spazio?

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                    schrutefarms RE: Schweinhaxen May 29, 2009 01:03 PM

                    Sorry-neither--I meant Vibrato.

              2. ipsedixit RE: Schweinhaxen May 29, 2009 09:57 AM

                Red White and Bluezz in Pasadena.


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                  exilekiss RE: ipsedixit May 29, 2009 02:22 PM

                  Nice recommendation ipsedixit. :)

                  I second that vote. It's a nice spot. For most Saturdays for this season (including your requested Saturday, June 6), Red White and Bluezz has:

                  * A Jazz Duo in the main dining room (more low-key), full bar and good dinner from ~6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. or so.

                  * In the Back Dining Room and Bar, a rotating group of Jazz musicians (on June 6 it's a Jazz Quartet (I forgot their names, sorry), with Dinner seating at around 6:30 p.m. and they play sets starting at 7:15 -> 8:30 p.m. or so, and you can stay there till the end of the night, with a second Jazz session at 9:15 p.m. - 12:00 Midnight.

                  The Bar stays open until 2:00 a.m. (1:30 a.m. last call).

                  Here are some pics from my visit and thoughts on their dishes:


                2. JEN10 RE: Schweinhaxen May 29, 2009 10:21 AM

                  There is a place in Hermosa Beach called Bugaloo's, they are on Hermosa ave near Pier ave. I couldn't find a link, sorry.

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                    DiveFan RE: JEN10 May 29, 2009 02:47 PM

                    No problem!

                    Cafe Boogaloo
                    1238 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

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                    annapurna7 RE: Schweinhaxen May 29, 2009 10:31 AM

                    Catalina Jazz Club comes to mind. The music is usually great and the food is on the "okay" side.

                    Cafe Club Fais DO-DO is another interesting spot in the Leimert Park area. They don't always play jazz, but they usually have a cool band playing and decent drinks.

                    Catalina Jazz Club Bar and Grill
                    6725 W Sunset Blvd Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                    Cafe Club Fais Do-Do
                    5257 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

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                      josephnl RE: Schweinhaxen May 29, 2009 11:58 AM

                      If Fullerton in OC is not too far away, Steamer's Cafe is one of the best spots in southern CA for jazz. Drinks are ok, food is not...but the jazz is outstanding! Check out: http://www.steamersjazz.com/

                      Steamers Jazz Club
                      138 W Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832

                      1. Phurstluv RE: Schweinhaxen May 29, 2009 02:52 PM

                        Has anyone been to the Foundry? The food's supposed to be decent, but don't know if it has serious jazz in the bar.

                        7465 Melrose Avenue, LA 323-651-0915

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