The Downtowner Saloon is a cozy place, of course, Downtown, that sits perfectly along the Middle River with amazing picture-perfect views of the glimmering high rises and a settling place to watch the impressive parade of yachts and boats that pass by and make Fort Lauderdale the special city that it is. This restaurant and bar offers not only an amazing menu of delectable steaks and seafood as well temping drinks, but also is a gathering place for live music lovers. Any night of the week is ideal for a getaway: Sundays offers a solo artist, Tuesday is trivia and DJ party, Wednesday and Fridays is DJ Booney Tunes, Thursdays brings the featured live band and Saturdays is the Best Live Blues banks with no cover charge. Come and enjoy!
Recommended for Jazz Clubs because: A true Fort Lauderdale landmark with the best ambiance, live music and incredible food.
Dale's expert tip: Plenty of parking but you have to look carefully for the entrance off Andrews Avenue.
The Casablanca Cafe on Fort Lauderdale's chic and fabled beach is certainly all things to all people. Don't think of this amazing restaurant as simply the amazing beachside eatery that it is. Come by on evenings and hear the live music that sets the perfect setting for great drinks, great conversation, with the world's most perfect Oceanside backdrop. Housed in an authentic two-story Spanish home, Casablanca Cafe offers a lovely atmosphere decorated with Moroccan lamps, stucco walls, dark wood and wrought iron accents adorn the interior, and the balcony gives you the best of both worlds. Excellent wine and a limited food menu at the bar.
Recommended for Jazz Clubs because: A must-visit for everyone whether a resident or a visitor. Great views of the beach and even better live music and food.
Dale's expert tip: The Casablanca just fits in with everything!
This always busy, always hopping hot spot is a favorite for people who love to meet and mingle, listen to great live music and have a good time. Blue Martini's weekday happy hours, great line-of music talent and dancing make this sleek cocktail bar a winner. Try the bar's signature blue martini (a mix of vodka, cointreau, blue curacao, sweet 'n sour mix and orange juice) or select your favorite martini from a menu of 14. An assortment of appetizers such as sushi, hummus, a steak sandwich martini, seared tuna and even chocolate cake satiate the hungry. Hang out on the outdoor patio, or if you're willing to pay the freight, sip a cocktail under the blue skylight in the VIP lounge.
Recommended for Jazz Clubs because: Everyone knows about Blue Martini and its class act. A local favorite.
Dale's expert tip: Take advantage of the valet parking at the Galleria and enjoy
Voted Best Waterfront Restaurant in South Florida in a 2011 local media poll, 15th Street Fisheries has rustic charm and waterfront views that make this Lauderdale Marina seafood house a popular destination. What's more is thereis live music on weekends to make it even more special. Take advantage of its unique location in this most famous nautical landmark to arrive in a car or a boat. There is no better way to enjoy this restaurant's many choices of fabulous seafood, drink specials, and their $5 Happy Hour menu, which includes chicken wings, calamari, mini burgers and conch fritters, than in its ideal location right on the waterway near the amazing 17th Street Causeway drawbridge and Port Everglades inlet to the Atlantic Ocean.
Recommended for Jazz Clubs because: Locals know that 15th Street Fisheries is tops when it comes to great seafood, ambiance and location.
Dale's expert tip: This is the place to go to impress a date, an out-of-town guest here for the first time or a business associate.
If you're looking for jazz clubs in Ft. Lauderdale, Mango's Restaurant & Lounge is a great option. Although not technically a club, this local gem right in the heart of the always buzzing Las Olas offers live music every night of the week and many times to a packed house. The selection varies nightly, but many evenings are devoted solely to the smooth, velvety sounds of jazz. Try a specialty drink like the Mango-Lada or Las Olas Lemonade while you enjoy classic renditions and contemporary innovations. Show up a bit early with friends or that special someone and enjoy an amazing meal then an incredible night of incredible music. Indoor and outdoor seating is available.
Recommended for Jazz Clubs because: Mango's is probably one of Fort Lauderdale's favorite restaurants and place to go for great live music.
Dale's expert tip: End your full day of fun on Las Olas by great jazz with friends
When only the best will do, Timpano Chophouse and Martini Bar is just the place. Upscale and classic in style and with a menu that begs for a try of everything, you will swear you've found a new favorite. With a wait-staff dressed in white shirts and black vests and an extensive knowledge of their menu of tantalizing appetizers such as Calamari Fritto Misto, or the Fire-Roasted Meatballs, which are even better than they sound, and the finest steaks, seafood and pasta dishes anywhere, you will settle in for a meal of a lifetime. And for an even more unique experience, visit their Starlight Lounge for upbeat music reminiscent of a Chicago Supper Club.
Recommended for Jazz Clubs because: This is one of those classic steakhouses with a unique touch of class, amazing food and great live music.
Dale's expert tip: Convenient valet parking on busy Las Olas begins at 5 p.m.
All That Jazz Cafe & Grill is a hot spot for jazz lovers and for those who love great food. Located in Sunrise at the northwest corner of Oakland Park Boulevard and Hiatus Road, a few miles west of Downtown Fort Lauderdale, this popular spot offers live music every Friday and Saturday from 6:30 - 11:00 and come early as the place fills up. There is no cover charge. Featured is their house band playing Classic Jazz, Pop Hits, music from Latin America, Brazil, the Caribbean and more. A full menu is also available of outstanding food from seafood, tacos, pork chops, chicken parmigiana, pasta dishes sandwiches and salads and more. All That Jazz Cafe & Grill also offers specialty beers and wine bar and a sports TV for sports enthusiasts. Also available for private parties and special events.
Recommended for Jazz Clubs because: A great place for jazz enthusiasts and for those who love great food.
Dale's expert tip: Come early as the place can fill up fast with jazz lovers.
Hot but cool, sophisticated yet casual. This is what this unique jazz club says about itself and for good reason. Fort Lauderdale's Blue Jeans Blues is one of those places that will make you wonder why you had never been there before. Jazz lovers find this club's laid-back yet distinctively cosmopolitan setting near perfect. Exposed brick walls and cozy seating offer the ideal backdrop for live jazz and blues scores, performed seven nights a week and during brunch on the weekends. In addition to creative cocktails, bold brews and an alluring wine list, the club offers a delightful menu featuring appetizers like tuna tartar and baked brie, as well as fresh sandwiches and specialty pizzas.
Recommended for Jazz Clubs because: a very popular club that brings out locals and visitors alike.
Dale's expert tip: What you really think of when you think of a great jazz club.
SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch is a truly-unique Fort Lauderdale experience right along the scenic Riverwalk. This free, live, outdoor concert series brings the area's best local jazz artists. Take your pick to hear the soulful sounds on four different stages on the first Sunday of each month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend, including well-behaved, leashed pets. There is plenty of room to set up chairs, blankets and picnic baskets to experience the fabulous entertainment. Patrons can also stroll along the historic brick-lined walkway to enjoy live music while browsing items from local merchants and enjoying food from area restaurants. The SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch is sponsored by SunTrust and is produced by the City of Fort Lauderdale's Parks and Recreation Department.
Recommended for Jazz Clubs because: The city's jazz enthusiasts gather together for this local tradition.
Dale's expert tip: Don't forget the suntan lotion. There isn't a lot of natural shade in the park.