Nestled inside the iconic four-star Rosewood Mansion Hotel on Turtle Creek, the Mansion Bar is the ultimate debonair drinking den-- blending a wow-factor interior with snazzy bar bites and top-quality (albeit pricey) tipples. In fact, the building is actually the former residence of an ultimate debonair cotton magnate, Sheppard W. Kingand the bar was originally King's dining room. It's definitely a see-and-be-seen type of place, but it's also one of the more elegant spots in the city to find free jazz (R&B and pop too) on offer Thursday through Saturday night. If you're looking for the perfect place to hole up in with a date, this is where you want to go.
Welcoming like your local dive bar, but impressive enough to bring a date-- is exactly what the musician/owners of this Big Easy themed drinking den set out to create when they opened it in 2012. But this isn't your typical dive bar, it's much more. From its classy decor, replete with red leather booths and chandeliers to its cozy French Quarter-style courtyard and stellar list of libations Twilite is just the kind of locale you can easily pass the night in. And with a steady stream of free entertainment, ranging from local jazz acts to DJ sets, karaoke and stand-up comedy, you probably will.
This neighborhood wine barbottle shop is as well known for its dedication to jazz as it is for its carefully-curated (and surprisingly affordable) wine selection. Which should come as no surprise since the place is owned by a couple of passionate oenophiles who also happen to be professional jazz musicians. Expect to find a variety of jazz, including open mic nights, Thursday through Saturday. And be sure to swing by on the weekend if you want to catch the owners, Stoney and Diana Savage, in action. Oh, and in case you want to take your wine experience to the next level, they offer wine tastings and wine education classes here too.
With its handsome looks and pooch-friendly patio, this compact winery-cum-wine bar has plenty going for it. Here, grape aficionados can not only sample a variety of wine that has been hand-crafted on the premisesthey can also custom blend their own bottles using grapes sourced from around the world. Red, white, sparkling, dry whatever you fancy, it can be found here as can a terrific line-up of live music (Wednesday through Saturday nights) that spans from country to classic rock, pop, show tunes and jazz. The entertainment options don't stop with music, keep an eye out for cabaret nights, pizza nights, psychic nights, paint partiesand of course daily happy hours.
If you are looking for a mind-blowing delicious cocktail in surroundings perfect for a romantic rendezvous or catch-up with friends, you've come to the right place. Tucked inside the lobby of the Warwick Melrose Hotel (a historic Dallas landmark dating back to 1924)-- this suave, shelf-lined drinking den is quite possibly the coziest place to sip a drink in the city. Not to mention, it's also where you can listen to a host of spectacular jazz musicians tickling the ivories six nights a week. And though you probably won't be reading any of the books in the shelves, you will want to be sure to read the drinks menuwhich covers everything from crafted tipples to over 27 selections of wine by the glass.
Considering that Deep Ellum's historic roots lie in jazz and blues, it's only fitting that one of the premier jazz venues in town would be located here. Every night, beginning at 7 p.m., you'll find New Orleans-style jazz, swing and Dixieland musicians performing onstage. And then at the strike of 10 p.m., the music switches over to everything from alternative rock to country, folk, punk and hip hop. Expect to see gigs from the likes of the the Gypsy Playboys, La Pompe and The Freeloaders, whose lead singer happens to be the club's owner, John Jay Myers. But the Big Easy influence doesn't stop with music, the place also churns out New-Orleans inspired cocktails and a full repertoire of Cajun grub. Oh, and did we mention that all the shows are free?
If you like good food, artisanal cocktails and live music in an intimate settingthen you'll want to add this Addison gem to your bucket list. Expect to find a hive of activity every night of the weekstarting with happy hour and continuing on through the evening when an eclectic roster of musicians crank out everything from jazz to funk to pop. Equally diverse is the menu which runs the gambit from Spanish tapas to Jamaican jerk duck breast, and baby back ribs. Shows are technically free, though the club enforces a $20 minimum purchase per person policy.
Artisanal truffles, bonbons and chocolate confections what could be better? How about wine, craft beer, champagne floats, chocolate and jazz? That's right, every Wednesday through Saturday, from 7:30 to 11 p.m., this shop-cum-café comes alive with the sounds of live jazz and blues from the likes of Joe McBride; Luqman Rashada, and Tatiana "Ladymay "Mayfield to name a few. Beyond the sweets, you'll find a compact list of more substantial offerings, think: cheese platters, paninis, salads and savory crepes. If you're looking for a cozy, low-key date-night spot, Chocolate Secrets definitely takes the cake. Just make sure you come early, especially on weekends when seating is limited.
As the saying goes, sometimes the best things come in small packages which is undoubtedly the case with this pint-sized, 1,400 square foot jewel of a jazz joint. And what this laid-back watering hole lacks in square footage, it more than makes up for in ambiance and most importantly live music which is served up seven nights a week. The club's repertoire features both local and national jazz artists, including the likes of Lucky Peterson, Dave Zoller, Linny Nance and even the phenomenal Filter Kings. And it's not only jazz on tap here, the musical genres cover everything from R&B and soul to funk, classic rock and occasionally country. Not-to-be-missed are special events like the Open Blues Jam and Jazz Master Series.
Lovers of smooth jazz 'n blues can't do much better than at this Exposition Park live music venue, which has a reputation for bringing in top-shelf talent from around the globe. Even musical heavy weights like Wynton Marsailis and Erykah Badu have played gigs here in the past. And Sandaga's regular roster of performers reads like a list of who's who on the local music scene as well, where regulars include Grammy Award nominated artists Shelly Carroll and Brad Leali. If jazz isn't your thing, no worries. The club also brings in DJs that spin everything from hip-hop and house to R&B and reggae. Did we mention they have barbecue, hookahs and private cabanas too?