Get In The Groove At Dallas' 10 Best Jazz Joints

The Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex is no stranger to jazz music. After all it's where you'll find the University of North Texas, one of the top institutions for jazz studies in the nation. The area is also home to Deep Ellum, a neighborhood once considered a hotbed for jazz and blues musicians. It's where legendary artists like Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker and Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter all got their start.

For those looking for an authentic jazz club experience, there's probably not a better place in the city to go than the Balcony Club, a venerable hole-in-the-wall joint that offers an incredible lineup of music seven nights a week. Esquire Magazine even named it one of “America's Top 100 Bars."

Then there's Sandaga 813, a bar and live music venue that's considered by discerning jazz fans and musicians alike to be the best spot for jazz jams in town. Even Wynton Marsailis and Erykah Badu have played gigs here.  

With live jazz, R&B, funk and pop on offer seven nights a week, you don't even need to worry about checking the schedule at Soho Food and Jazz, as there’s always something going on.

And though, Deep Ellum might not be the jazz mecca it was during the early 20th century, you can still find places like the Free Man Cajun Cafe and the Twilite Lounge keeping the music very much alive almost every night of the week.

If that's not enough to get you in the groove, check out 10 best's full list of Dallas jazz joints below, where there's sure to be a place to suit jazz lovers of every stripe.

The Mansion Bar
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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...  Read More

Two Corks and a Bottle
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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 premises—they can also custom blend...  Read More

Stoney's Wine Lounge
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This neighborhood wine bar–bottle 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...  Read More



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...  Read More

Library Bar
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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...  Read More

The Free Man Cajun Cafe & Lounge
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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...  Read More

Chocolate Secrets
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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...  Read More

SoHo Food and Jazz
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If you like good food, artisanal cocktails and live music in an intimate setting—then you'll want to add this Addison gem to your bucket list. Expect to find a hive of activity every night of the week—starting with happy hour and continuing on...  Read More

The Balcony Club
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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...  Read More

Sandaga 813
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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...  Read More


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As a perpetual wanderer, foodie freak and wannabe chef, Ilene is always on the lookout for the best places to see, eat, drink and sleep. When she's not writing about the latest happenings in...  More About Ilene