Upgrade your late nights and swing into one of Canberra’s best live jazz spots. Located in some of our city’s cosiest bars, liveliest pubs and coolest cafes, sit back with your favourite drink and listen as some of the country’s best musicians and bands play your favourite smooth tunes.


Step through Odgers Lane’s unmarked wooden door and uncover the intimate and elegant 1920s speakeasy, Molly. With charming jazz bands performing live every Tuesday and Wednesday, the effortlessly soulful tunes are guaranteed to leave you feeling at ease. Pair it with a delicious cocktail or a drop of Canberra’s most impressive whisky and you’re golden!

Blue Eyes

Transporting patrons to the golden ages with its glamorous interior and luxurious food and beverage menu, Blue Eyes is the perfect cosy setting for late-night drinks and live jazz. An intimate destination complete with plush velvet curtains, glittering chandeliers and intimate booths, join them every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday for live music including jazz.

Hippo Co

Sitting in the heart of the city is cocktail and whisky bar, Hippo Co. For the past 20 years, the sounds of some of the best live jazz bands from around the world have spilled over the exposed balcony into Garema Place on a Wednesday night. Decorated in exposed brick walls, timber countertops and a pool of candlelight, add it to your list of spontaneous date night spots.

Smith’s Alternative

A haven for bands and those musically gifted who are looking for a place to show off their work and jam with other artists, Smith’s Alternative is one of Canberra’s ultimate live music venues. With live shows or open jams every single night, every genre is welcome, inviting a lot of jazz musicians and bands regularly.

Gang Gang Café

A café, bar and live music venue all wrapped in one, meet Downer’s little gem café, Gang Gang. By day, find a seasonal modern Australian breakfast and lunch, and by night, a showcase of the capital’s best live music and local wines and beers. On Friday nights, come along and see some of the country’s best jazz artists perform live.

The Old Canberra Inn

Discover the comfort, simplicity and nostalgia that is the Old Canberra Inn’s live music nights. This Lyneham gem hosts a treasure trove of local performers, showcasing a range of genres including jazz! Kick back in the breezy outdoor seats, where you can eat, drink, chat and listen to live jazz every Wednesday night.

Want to discover more of our music scene, check out Canberra’s best live music venues