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Neat and Hip Jazz Bars in Bucharest

Visit the best Jazz Bars in Bucharest

May 9, 2018 | Travel guide

best jazz clubs in bucharest

If you happen to be visiting Bucharest and you already did the highly recommended local Bucharest restaurants as part of the gastronomic experience, it is time to loosen up a bit and take it easy at one of the highly valued jazz bars in the Romanian capital. So call a Bucharest cab service and hit the nightlife in this vibrant city.

Beat Bar Umanist

Hosted by a villa from the interwar period in one of Bucharest’s old and charming central neighborhoods and just steps away from the University of Bucharest, Beat Bar Umanist keeps the spirit of the “beat generation” alive and kicking. Essentially a jazz bar, here you can grab a table and read a book while being as inconspicuous as you like for hours on end, attend a poetry evening or a play. Or, if dropping by for one of their funk, soul and blues parties, or the Friday night’s swing extravaganza, just party the night away. At the bar you’ll find homemade drinks, such as shots and their signature cocktail, ‘The color of pomegranate’, natural ginger beer made in Brașov and so much more.

55 Jazz

If you're wandering around Franceza Street in the Old Town, you might as well stop by 55 Jazz - a relaxing bar that will wear out the stress of the crowded city and enchant you with jazz harmonies. Order the house's wine or a pint of beer, accompanied by the lovely tunes of professional jazz players, and enjoy your special evening. The interior design is colorful and makes you feel like you are in a musical. You can even throw your own private party here! The staff is super friendly and organized, so if it's your birthday, they may have surprise drinks for you.

Every Thursday the crew of 55 Jazz gathers amazing musicians. Hence, your chocolate mousse or raspberry cake can present its true colors to the fine jazz music. The best part is that the entry is free. If you're not really in the mood for a concert, there are nights that bring out the sportsman in you. Here you can watch the best moments of Romanian or international sport while you sip in a beer or one of the 7 types of lemonades they serve.

Green Hours

The Green Hours jazz-café is one of the most famous jazz clubs in Bucharest. Established in 1994, this place is situated in the center of the capital in the neighborhood of the selected few by the Social Dialogue Group, the 22nd Journal and the Humanitas Bookstore.

The Green Hours place is known to regularly organize jazz and theater evenings, with an occasional blues, alternative music or other artistic and cultural event. Being one of the oldest jazz clubs it offers probably the most respected independent theater. If you ask us, this is a strong reason to pop-in for a beer or two here. What’s more interesting is that since 2008, Green Hours has launched the first international festival held in a Romanian club called Green Hours Jazz Fest, which will hold its 10th edition in 2018.

Louisiana Bistro

This is a relatively new place in Bucharest, known to serve Louisiana style food. The cook is really impressive and prepares a mean oxtail soup, tasty burgers, tender Po'Boys that melt in your mouth, shrimp cooked to perfection and racks of mouthwatering ribs. It has a short menu, but everything is well prepared and the prices are very good. The atmosphere is relaxed and the staff is friendly. There is live music during the nights, when various local musicians or bands are performing live jazz or soft rock. Consistency and quality are two words that come to mind when Louisiana Bistro is being mentioned.

With its good food, beautiful atmosphere, quality music, top notch service and flawless hygiene, Louisiana Bistro has successfully recreated the original atmosphere of an American jazz bar in the heart of Bucharest. In all, it’s a cozy place to hang out if you like an authentic American feel, great food and live bands. It's a must if you love good music, good food and unusual places.

Hard Rock Cafe Bucharest

Located in Herastrau Park, the city’s central park and the largest city park in Europe, this place sits on the shores of Herastrau Lake, and is just a few short steps from the landmark Triumph Arch, where Bucharest's trendy entertainment district begins. A favorite of both locals and tourists, Hard Rock Cafe Bucharest combines flavorful dishes with an energetic atmosphere to create a truly unique experience. Their world-famous menu offers American cuisine blended with local Romanian flavor. Try their juicy Legendary Burger, fresh crispy salads, delectable deserts and house-made entrees. The locally inspired menu and signature cocktails wait to tempt and satisfy your cravings.

The Hard Rock culture is energetic, contemporary, and welcoming. Hard Rock Cafe Bucharest is over 1,500 square meters, meaning there is room for all. The floor plan offers inside seating for 300 guests plus an outside terrace with a view of the lake and seating for 150. Whether you need to feed a group of students or just want a great place to grab a drink with friends and catch a jazz gig, this place got you covered.

If you are looking to truly experience the hip and bebop side of this amazing city, make sure to include a round to the jazz bars to your visit. After you absorb the amazing architecture and remarkable buildings in Bucharest, spice the evening up with cold beer and jazz tunes. So enjoy the night and and don’t worry about the taxi prices in Bucharest, since they are more affordable than in most European cities.