I think that inside of us there’s a secret yearning to live life like the lead of a Jean-Luc Godard film. To saunter through life donning a crisp striped boatneck, and spend our days drinking black coffee and chain-smoking at a longstanding and secretive alfresco dining spot. To help you live out your cinematic dreams, we’ve compiled a guide to the best spots in Sydney to get your jazz fix. So without further ado, lets make like a Jason Derulo hit from 2013 and get jazzy on it.
Sunday Jazz at Potts Point Hotel
From 3 pm every Sunday you can head to the Potts Point Hotel for an afternoon of sumptuous Jazz from the Michael Griffin Quartet. Enlist a bunch of your nearest and dearest and snag an outside table, soak in the final dregs of summer, and enjoy a Sunday roast. If you’ve got kids, they eat free! It’s a nice reprieve from the serious, moody jazz experience.
Address: 33-35 Darlinghurst Rd, Potts Point NSW 2011
If you’re in the mood to watch money spark off your fingers like inconsequential fireworks, Hubert is the opulent dining experience of your dreams. It’s the kind of place that makes you feel like you’re an extra in like, Bugsy Malone or something — a red velvet draped fantasy. Every Wednesday and Thursday the restaurant hosts a live band, it’s a real treat.
Address: 15 Bligh St, Sydney NSW 2000
This place needs no introduction — a real Surry Hills stalwart. It’s intimate, dark, the cocktails are off their nut. They have a bunch of jazz on different nights, you can find the full programme here.
Address: 302 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Jazz and sushi is a god damn combination from heaven. The restaurant offers a fantastic set menu — with a vegetarian iteration available — and a fine selection of sake. You can catch live jazz here every night of the week.
Address: 145 Devonshire St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Lazy Bones Lounge
Lazy Bones offers live music every night of the week, most of it catering to all your jazz desires. Boasting local microbrews on tap and a most excellent selection of cocktails, it’s a real gem.
Address: 294 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204