Where to Hear Live Jazz in Tampa Bay

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:


Lakeland Loft

Experience 4,000 square feet of jazz lounge goodness at Lakeland Loft featuring Oxford style decor as well as a Cigar Lounge. Lakeland Loft offers a unique experience with entertainment and the smooth vibes of jazz. Enjoy local live jazz artists every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Enjoy a large selection of spirits as well as a chilled walk in wine room. Lakeland Lounge is the perfect spot for those who enjoy fine cigars, spirits, art and culture. Due to the luxurity of Lakeland Loft, there is a dress code on their website with guidelines on what guests are permitted to wear or not. lakelandloft.com

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Ybor City Jazz House: Tampa

Known all over the Tampa Bay Area for its funky tunes and relaxing ambiance, Ybor City Jazz House features low lighting, exposed brick interior and a 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/

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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. The atmosphere has 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. However, if smoking isn’t your thing, then take note that this venue is not smoke-free. Having said that, however, I have to add that there is 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.. All in all, it’s a great place to pass the night. rubyselixir.com/

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