There’s nothing quite like listening to live jazz and sipping on a fancy cocktail to make you feel like you’re in a Hollywood film noir. Soak up some of Canberra’s best jazz artists this week with this list acting as your guide.

1. Molly

35°16’44.5″S 149°07’42.0″E

Self described as “Canberra’s best kept secret”, Molly’s incredible drinks, cozy atmosphere and live music make it a must visit. Enjoy jazz every Tuesday night from 7pm as you sip on one of their best-selling cocktails or extensive range of whiskeys.


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2. Hippo Co

1/17 Garema Pl, Canberra ACT 2601

If you haven’t been to Hippo Co yet, where have you been for the past 17 years? Hippo Co is the home of Wednesday jazz in the city. From 8:30pm, find your way upstairs to the lodge style bar, decorated with a beautiful wood bar and exposed brickwork. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to another country as you listen to soulful performances in this intimate setting.


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3. Tilleys Devine Cafe Gallery

Brigalow St &, Wattle St, Lyneham ACT 2602

We couldn’t make a listicle about live music without including Tilley’s Devine Cafe Gallery. With décor straight out of a Hollywood film noir, the elegant dark timber fittings and plush booths have served as the perfect canvas for some of the most exceptional music from both Australian and international artists. Order yourself a cocktail at the bar and sink into one of those aforementioned booths as you wile away the evening listening to live jazz from 6pm on Friday nights and 7pm on Saturday nights.

4. Smith’s Alternative

76 Alinga St, Canberra ACT 2601

Curated by legendary local bassist and ANU School of Music lecturer, Brendan Clarke, Jazz at Smith’s runs every Thursday night from 7-9pm. Soak up the eclectic vibe of Smith’s as you enjoy the spectrum of jazz ‘flavours’ on showcase.

5. The Old Canberra Inn

195 Mouat St, Lyneham ACT 2602

In addition to their spectacular weekend lineups, come listen to live jazz every Wednesday from 6:30pm while you enjoy a heart pub meal and their regular rotation of craft beers on tap.

6. Fenway Public House

9 Bradley St, Phillip ACT 2606

Jazz + Fenway Public House, as the neon sign at the entrance says ‘were made for each other’. Fenway comes alive, with live jazz kicking off from 6:30pm onwards. Get in a bit early to catch Happy Hour, which runs from 4:30pm – 6:30pm with $5 selected beers, wines & 2 for 1 Espresso Martini’s.

7. National Press Club

16 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600

Every Friday from 6pm enjoy jazz as smooth as the drinks being served at the National Press Club in Barton. Featuring a range of artists and styles, you’ll be exposed to a variety of high level, flowing jazz interpretations. A wonderful way to unwind from the working week and kick start your weekend.