Suggestions for Live Jazz dinner or drinks?
It's my pick month for our book club and I'd love to find a bar or restaurant for us to go where we could see some live jazz to go with the theme of the book (Rules of Civility by Amor Towles- great read). Preferably this would be somewhere Downtown or on the North Side (bonus points if close to public transportation) and it will be on a Wednesday night (Feb 7). I had initially thought of Kingston Mines, but I understand that to be a Blues Club and I'm not a huge fan of that particular jazz genre. Any advice appreciated!!
I'd go with Green Mill or Underground Wonder Bar. You might consider having dinner first at a nearby restaurant and then adjourning to the lounge.
As far as atmosphere, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better location for jazz than The Green Mill (which has been used as a location for a number of films). As camusman pointed out, you'll need to dine elsewhere, but it's an area teeming with restaurants.
Several people here have mentioned the Green Mill, so here's more information about it, along with suggestions for dining in the vicinity.
The Green Mill is at Lawrence and Broadway in the Uptown neighborhood, about six miles north of the Loop. It's half a block west of the Lawrence stop on the CTA Red Line (el). www.greenmilljazz.com
Nearby restaurants include:
Magnolia Cafe (contemporary American) - www.magnoliacafeuptown.com
Lao Sze Chuan (Chinese) - www.tonygourmetgroup.com
Silver Seafood (Chinese) - www.silverseafoodrestaurant.com
Demera Ethiopian - www.demeraethiopianrestaurant.com
Thai Pastry - www.thaipastry.com
Tank Noodle (Vietnamese) - www.tank-noodle.com