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May 29, 2009 09:44 AM

Help! Need a place with drinks and great Jazz?

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. 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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    1. re: Servorg

      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.

      1. re: Schweinhaxen

        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

        1. re: Servorg

          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

          1. re: Servorg

            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

          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

            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.

              1. re: archer

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

              2. re: archer

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

              1. re: Servorg

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

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  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. 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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                  1. re: JEN10

                    No problem!

                    Cafe Boogaloo
                    1238 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

                  2. 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

                    1. 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:

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