Jazz is a western music form that is so full of rhythm and jive that it will compel you to sway your head and tap your feet, even if you are tone deaf. The jazz bar is a concept that is highly popular around the globe. The purpose is to sit down with some liquor, relax and enjoy a live band playing music that is no less than an exotic spa for the ears. In the early 1900s, many jazz bars popped up in India, too. The capital is home to a few places that can rightly be called jazz bars, owing to their calm vibe and enthralling performances by the best jazz artists. Here are some places in town, where you can indulge in drinks, food and all things jazz.
Cocktails & Dreams, Speakeasy
Where: Sector-15, Gurgaon
If you are a believer of the fact that there is nothing better than the intoxicating mix of good music and drinks, then this is your go-to place. The bar replicates the charm of the speakeasy, jazz bars of the early 1900s. They have regular, live music performances by brilliant jazz artists from all around the world. Team up an Old Fashioned off their topnotch bar with scrumptious finger food as you enjoy the stellar music performances.
Where: Vasant Vihar
A glamorous jazz bar that is fashioned after the speakeasy bars of the prohibition era, PCO has a typical 1920s ambience that’ll take you back in time. You’ll witness a crowd of people having a ball over good old jazz music and great food. The bar has dapper leather seating spread around and a special cigar room that is the typical feature of an underground jazz bar. Sway away on the swivel chairs, sip on their Mood Cocktails and gorge on delicious nosh while tapping to their classic jazz tunes. And don’t forget to call up before to ask for their secret passcode for entry!
Where: Taj Mahal Hotel, Mansingh Road
Named after Rick Blaine of Casablanca, this is a classic bar that offers a beautiful mélange of good food from Southeast Asia, innovative cocktails and foot-tapping jazz music that you can dance and jive to. The ambience is swank and swish with a beautiful décor complementing the mood of the place.
Le Bistro du Parc
Where: Defence Colony
This tasteful European bistro hosts its fêted weekly event, Jazz by the Park where the best of jazz musicians from around the world come to perform every Wednesday evening. You can reserve a table for yourself and enjoy this musical treat on a lovely terrace setting overlooking lush green surroundings. The chic ambience attracts many jazz lovers, complemented by the suave waiting staff serving appetising French delicacies and well-mixed concoctions.
The Piano Man
Where: Basant Lok, Vasant Vihar
The Piano Man is known for playing live jazz music and serving only vegetarian food. The interiors, ambience and entire setup will transport you to a different time altogether. Swing by this place to jazz up your evenings and do try their Tea Infused Refreshers.
Sandy’s Bar & Kitchen
Where: Sector-29, Gurgaon
Sandy’s has a snug environment that is suited to have intimate conversations whilst enjoying blues & jazz accompanied by delicious cocktails. You can also attend a bar school where Sandy Verma will teach you a thing or two about drinks. The place serves scrumptious dishes from across the world such as salads, pizzas, pasta & risotto, grills & roasts & pan Asian fare.