Where to Hear Live Jazz in Tampa Bay

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Tampa Bay Jazz

The Tampa Bay area is filled with so many hidden gems that can be easily missed if you don’t look closely. The local jazz scene, for example, is alive and well when you know where to find it. Break the monotony of dinner and a movie with some good music and great company. Dedicate your date night to Tampa Bay jazz. Here's a guide to help you on your way, updated with virtual and in-person options.

Note: This post was originally published in February 2019 and has been updated.


Ruby’s Elixir: St. Petersburg

This little pocket of joy has been around since 2011. It’s across the Bay in downtown St. Petersburg and has a reputation for having a regular stream of top musical talent seven days a week. Check Facebook for the upcoming musical lineup. The atmosphere is the perfect mix of modern elegance and old school charm, plus the drinks are top notch and the musicians are superb. If you like a good cigar then you will really enjoy the adjoining cigar bar. There's also outdoor seating so you don’t have to sacrifice the music for some fresh air. Parking is hassle-free which is always a plus at a downtown venue.. Bring along a mask then kick back to enjoy the music over drinks and light bites. rubyselixir.com

Lakeland Loft

Experience 4,000 square feet of jazz lounge goodness at Lakeland Loft. This stylish space reopened in early August offering weekend entertainment, a limited food menu and an assortment of spirits to sip. The interior features Oxford-style decor as well as a cigar lounge. Enjoy local live jazz artists every Friday and Saturday night beginning at 9pm, plus a large selection of spirits as well as a chilled walk-in wine room. This is a classy spot, so dress accordingly in your date night best. And don't forget your mask–all guests are required to wear one unless seated. lakelandloft.com

Photo Credit: Lakeland Loft

Ybor City Jazz House: Tampa

*Temporarily closed*

Known all over the Tampa Bay Area for its funky tunes and relaxing ambiance, Ybor City Jazz House features low lighting, an exposed brick interior and speakeasy charm. The first floor has the live band, the second floor has a DJ and the third is a secret that they break out for special events (like rooftop parties on Easter). There is ample seating (which you can reserve beforehand if you want), fantastic drinks, and a more relaxed feel that works for an older or younger clientele. There is a $10 cover charge and a dress code. yborcityjazzhouse.com/





Photo credit: Clearwater Jazz Holiday


Feature Image Credit: Clearwater Jazz Holiday


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