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It doesn't get more authentic than jazz performances in the heart of Kansas City's legendary 18th & Vine 'jazz district.' Or live music played near memorabilia collected inside the small but... Read More
It doesn't get more authentic than jazz performances in the heart of Kansas City's legendary 18th & Vine 'jazz district.' Or live music played near memorabilia collected inside the small but impressive American Jazz Museum. International, national and local jazz bands play four nights a week – many times with no cover charge. Want another reason to check out this jazzy hot spot? DownBeat magazine has included The Blue Room in its list of the Top 100 Jazz Clubs in the world. Order cocktails, wine, or beer from staff members, who provide friendly service amid 1930s ambiance, and then settle in for an unforgettable evening of music. But do grab a bite to eat before you arrive, unless you're visiting during Indigo Hour Friday evenings, when there's also an appetizer buffet available.
- Best Nightlife: "Check the web site for a schedule of recorded Blue Room Live concerts, when a jazz band, and a band with a different musical genre focus, pair up for one-of-a-kind musical meet-ups."
- Recommended as Best Nightlife Because: Kansas City's rich jazz history is alive and well in the neighborhood where it all began.