Top Jazz Live Music Bars in Rome
That time of the year where you need to find a cozy spot tucked away from the crowds, sip some well-prepared drinks and enjoy the sound of live jazz and blues music has come. Lucky for you, we’ve got you covered with a selection of our favorite live jazz & blues music venues in Rome!
Elegance Cafè Jazz Club
Via Francesco Carletti, 5 (Ostiense)
Elegance Cafe Jazz Club brings live jazz music, a mixology bar and a high-quality restaurant to the Ostiense neighbourhood. Italian and international artists play traditional and contemporary jazz, swing, smooth jazz and latin jazz on a daily basis at this warm and stylish location. The weeks’s regular appointments include “Jazz and the City” on Tuesdays with Piji who tells us about new Roman Jazz discoveries; jam sessions on Wednesdays curated by Giuseppe Ricciardi; the best jazz proposals of the capital on Thursdays; jazz merged with soul and funk on Fridays; premiere concerts on Saturdays and performances of big bands on Sundays. Prepare for a jam-packed week and weekend!
See the full review of Elegance Café Jazz Club
Via Ostia, 9 (Prati)
A few streets away from the Ottaviano metro sits one of the Rome’s oldest jazz club, Alexanderplatz, a down to earth venue which wouldn’t be out of place in the mecca of Jazz: Greenwich Village, New York. Alexanderplatz is underground, figuratively as a haven to an underground musical genre which has thrived here over the last thirty years. Many of the most prominent jazz, blues, soul, music artists have performed at the Alexanderplatz, including Wynton Marsalis, Brad Meldhau, Red Rodney and Freddy Cole. Founded in 1984, Alexanderplatz usually hosts live concerts from 10pm Thursday through to Saturday (check their program, they often add concerts during the weekdays as well).
See the full review of Alexanderplatz
Via Cardinale Merry del Val, 14 (Trastevere)
In the beating heart of Trastevere, a new live music venue comes to life from the structure of an ex movie theatre – Live Alcazar. International and Italian artists fill the stage and alternate with a resident band bringing you 100% live emotions through soul, funk, R&B and jazz music on Fridays and Saturdays. While Thursdays are dedicated to live music jam sessions. Grab a cocktail, a beer or a wine glass and enjoy the show. For those wanting to be entertained while they dine, don’t miss out on Live Alcazar’s Hostaria overlooking the stage from the second floor, where you’ll taste Mediterranean flavours with a twist as the bands play below. On Sundays, Live Alcazar serves an extensive brunch buffet with the best of Italian and American cuisines. All this while being taken back in time with live jazz music, jazz manouche and swing.
Read the complete review of Live Alcazar
Via Panisperna, 68 (Monti)
Grungy, dimly-lit, and oozing with musical style, Charity Cafe is perhaps more reminiscent of a New York jazz bar from the 1950s. Situated on Monti’s iconic Via Panisperna, this small big local offers live music from Tuesday to Sunday.
Blues, Folk and Mor every Tuesday with Andy’s Corner, on Wednesday there are Blues Jam & Friends, Thursday JamSessionNight in Jazz, JazzNight Concert on Friday, Saturday BluesNight and every Sunday Aperitivo Live with open buffet and live music from 6:30 pm
See the full review of Charity Cafe
Bebop Jazz Club
Via Giuseppe Giulietti, 14 (Piramide)
This not-for-profit cultural association was founded in 2000 and today is one of the most remarkable places to listen to quality music with dinner and drinks. In the suggestive and stylish ambience of underground cellar with exposed brick, Bebop welcomes good quality jazz groups to their stage. Dinner or ‘lounge dining’ style begins at 9pm with reservation, and the concerts start at 10pm.
Vicolo di San Francesco a Ripa, 18 (Trastevere)
Since 1984 the Big Mama has been a shrine for Roman blues lovers. In a basement venue close to the heart of quaint Trastevere, Big Mama never fails with its fantastic live Jazz and Blues bands. Order a candlelit table through their website and sit in front of the stage. A food menu is also available and the shows start at 10.30 pm.
Casa del Jazz
Viale di Porta Ardeatina, 55 (Piramide)
Situated in a magnificent three-storey 1920s Italian villa, this large venue with a 150-seat auditorium, bar and restaurant is armed with a first rate sound system to accompany equally premium jazz musicians surrounded by picturesque leafy grounds on the southside of Rome near Piramide.
via Bellinzona, 2 (Trieste)
When it comes to live jazz music, with a touch of swing, Cotton Club means business. A contemporary space, Cotton Club continues to be one of the most important and elegant places to go out in the charming neighbourhood of Trieste. The venue continues to attract students and workers alike due to its high caliber musical calendar which welcomes both national and international artists. For those seeking a grandiose night out, why not opt for the dinner and jazz special for 35e.
Gregory’s Jazz Club
Via Gregoriana, 54 (Piazza di Spagna)
A bar from the likes of the grand era of jazz right above the Spanish Steps, Gregory’s Jazz Club means business with exceptional jazz musicians rubbing shoulders with rising talent every night. Sip a fancy coctail, book a table for dinner or recline upstairs in their lounge area front of stage.
Via Celimontana, 21B (Colosseo)
Located just a short stroll from the Colosseum, Il Pentagrappolo is a charming bar with an enticing blend of wine and music. Open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for musical events, and Sunday for aperitivo, Il Pentagrappolo is an ideal choice for those seeking some relaxing musical indulgence in the inner city. The bar boasts an eclectic live music calendar, with a focus on soul, blues, and jazz.
Tram leaving from Piazza di Porta Maggiore at 9pm
A romantic candlelight dinner, accompanied by live jazz music, performed by professional musicians. Take all of this and put it on board a historic cable car that drives you around one of the world’s most romantic cities, Rome: this is a night aboard the TramJazz. Your evening begins at Porta Maggiore on one of the city’s historic trams with candles lit and tables set. While sipping on a spumante, munching on appetizers, and listening to expertly played jazz, your journey through Rome takes place. The tour passes by S.Lorenzo, S.Giovanni, Circus Maximus and Piramide, and finally circles back to Porta Maggiore
See the review of Tram Jazz
Via Mirandola, 21 (Tuscolana)
This warm and welcoming Jazz venue and wine bar focuses on Jazz originals promoting new talent. Set on two levels, food and aperitivo are available upstairs, while the cellar space is used as a moody live-music venue for concerts during the weekends after dinner.
CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW FOR THE GUIDE TO ROCK, INDIE &ALT IN ROME