Spend an evening listening to the melodic, often improvisational sounds of jazz or folk music at one of the following venues in Orange County. This music will delve into your emotional senses helping to create a special smooth ambiance. Layer your evening with cocktails, dinner and musical notes that will reach into your soul.
138 W Commonwealth Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832
The music changes daily and dinner is always good at Steamers Café. Jazz bands, Dixieland bands, Latin Jazz — the variety performed at the café is extensive, guaranteeing you will find a style to fit your personal taste. All ages are welcome to this jazz club so if your special date is the whole family, bring them along. Order a steaming bowl of New Orleans gumbo or a delicious cheesecake for dessert while the jazz musicians play their souls.
3201 E Coast Hwy
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
Located on the 101 in Corona Del Mar, Bandera is known for their fire-roasted chicken on a spit and cornbread! But the bar has emerged as a popular hangout for Newport Beach’s suave, sophisticated crowd. Jazz music plays in the night air while plenty of the hottest patrons in town pose and preen over favorite cocktails.
Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen at Downtown Disney
1590 South Disneyland Dr.
Anaheim, CA 92802
Jazz things up at the Jazz Kitchen at Downtown Disney. You will feel as if you were transported to New Orleans when you dine in the two-story replica of a traditional French Quarter hotel. The Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen serves up dual legacies –- authentic Southern food and music — demonstrating the charm and ambiance of historic and contemporary New Orleans. The music at the jazz club plays for all guests to enjoy.
400 S Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Located in the heart of downtown Laguna Beach Tommy Bahamas has captured the heart and ambiance of the charming beach community. Live singers reminiscent of Carly Simon and James Taylor perform often, offering a relaxing way to dine by the beach. The setting is slow paced, with low lighting, and friendly attentive service perfect for a romantic date or to catch up with an old friend.
House of Blues
1530 S Disneyland Dr
Anaheim, CA 92802
Get tickets before they are sold out to hear music legend BB King perform on Feb. 22, at the House of Blues. This will be an amazing night. Jazz up your evening listening to a world-renowned musician live on stage. The House of Blues Restaurant is also a must-try eatery. Dig into Southern favorites like voodoo shrimp and Louisiana crawfish. Together, the music and Louisiana food with feed your soul.
Michelle Mears-Gerst is a writer in South Orange County who can be found at sunnynsocal.com and @sunnynsocal.