Sometimes, we all crave the unique sound of jazz — those soulful, smooth melodies that sneak their way into your heart and make you feel warm head to toe.
Combine that with alcohol, and it can’t be beaten by much. Despite jazz’s somewhat less popular status in the present day than in decades past, small jazz bars can still be found throughout Pittsburgh — and it’s our job to point you in the right direction.
If you know a jazz fan residing in or visiting Pittsburgh, a perfect gift to give them could be a GiftYa gift certificate to one of the following jazz bars. The gift certificate, once sent by you and accepted by the recipient, is put directly onto their debit card.
This means that when your recipient is trying to relax and listen to some live music, they don’t have to worry about remembering a physical gift card. Plus, the personalized nature of a GiftYa will show that you’re actually listening when they talk about jazz — whether you actually are or not.
949 East Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Though it might at first seem like a bit of a hole in the wall, Little E’s is actually one of the best places to experience Pittsburgh’s jazz scene. They constantly bring in the best local artists, as well as some up-and-coming youngsters, for your listening pleasure. Plus, it has an atmosphere that complements the music, small, cozy, and candlelit. It’s the perfect location for a date, but it definitely wouldn’t be bad as a solo expedition either.
“This restaurant is a hidden gem. Nestled in a building that also serves as a home to a pub, Little E's Jazz club has a wide variety of food to serve different taste desires. The atmosphere provides an excellent space to sit and enjoy the tunes of local artists as well as enjoy the company and a drink or two.” - Jordan T. on Yelp
Yummy oysters, strong drinks, and smooth jazz
130 S Highland Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Sat: 10:30am-3pm, 4:30pm-1am
Sun: 10:30am-3pm, 4:30pm-10pm
Though most of the time, Muddy Waters Oyster Bar just relies on their authentic southern-style food — including their beautiful oysters — every Tuesday, 8pm-10pm, and Friday, 9pm-11pm, they have live blues or jazz music to complete the southern feel. Plus, they have an extensive bar staffed by experts.
“This restaurant takes you away from the Pittsburgh city life and gives you a comfortable southern vibe with the awesome ambiance and live music along with the best raw bar EVER! The service was awesome and the drinks and food couldn't have been better. We went here for my roommates 23rd bday and spent good times with good food and champagne.” - Macey S. on Yelp
Nola’s bar is both beautiful and functional
24 Market Sq
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Adorned with masks, Nola on the Square pays heavy homage to New Orleans in both food and decor — and a New Orleans-themed restaurant wouldn’t be complete without live jazz. Live musicians are featured Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm. While you’ll likely be there for the drinks and not the food, it should be noted that Nola offers vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, so even those with dietary restrictions can have food along with their drinks and music
“Say what you will about Nola. All I have to say is Happy Hour! They have a $4 menu of both drinks and appetizers. Fried pickles! Po'boy sliders! I can even get a decent martini! There aren't enough places in the city that have a truly great happy hour but Nola is one of my favorites! I don't honestly know if I've ever eaten an item or drank a drink that was over $4. There is also live music and a patio. Both are beautiful things!” - Ashley L. on Yelp
Dane Vannatter performs at Andys Wine Bar in 2013
510 Market St
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
If you’re looking for an authentic Pittsburgh experience, but still want live jazz, look no further than Andys Wine Bar in the Fairmont Hotel Downtown. Inspired by Pittsburgher Andy Warhol, featuring seasonal cocktails based on locally sourced ingredients, and with a regular schedule of live music from local jazz artists, Andys Wine Bar is truly everything Pittsburgh. It’s the perfect spot to get a feel for the city if you’re visiting, and even if you’re a Pittsburgher, it can be nice to be reminded how unique your city really is.
“Have come here a few times with friends and the service is exceptional every time. The bartenders were friendly and knowledgeable and made great recommendations for custom cocktails. We enjoyed live music which wasn't too loud and added to the cozy atmosphere with all the festive holiday decorations throughout. We snacked on shoestring fries and wings and enjoyed sparkling rose and blueberry cosmos throughout the evening.” - Victoria G. on Yelp
A bass player tearing it up at Eddie V’s
501 Grant St
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Easily the fanciest place on this list, Eddie V’s may be a little above the price point for some, but it would certainly be good for a special treat. Their food is no doubt extremely beautiful, their drinks are delicious, and there’s is a live performance every night. If you’re looking for the full package, at full-package price, Eddie V’s is for you.
“The space is beautiful, the staff were all super helpful, and the live music for a full house on a Tuesday evening was a nice touch. This is the place to go to celebrate an engagement, a promotion, or a nice fat tax refund. Try the champagne sauce with their oysters on the half shell. The swordfish had a beautiful presentation. The vegetable sides are large enough for 2-4 people, and even the side salads can be shared by 2 people. We were full after eating our meal but plan on coming back one night just to feel special and try dessert.” - Kristin E. on Yelp
Fresh seafood is Cioppinno’s MO
2350 Railroad St
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
As a classy bar and restaurant, of course Cioppinno Restaruant & Cigar Bar would have live jazz and blues to entertain their patrons. The bar features over 300 whiskeys, 450 wines, and 50 cigars, and the restaurant offers a seasonally-inspired menu with a focus on seafood and meat. Despite this, the restaurant also has options for those who are vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free.
“Simply incredible! If you don't love this place, check your pulse! It is beautiful! The cigar bar is relaxing, fun, upscale, comfortable. They have an excellent selection of liqueurs. The staff is exceptionally friendly and professional. The food is delicious and well presented. It is an exceptional value! I feel lucky to have chosen this establishment for dinner. In a way, it feels like home. There is nothing negative I can say about it. On the night we dined, they had live music and it too was incredible. If I lived in Pittsburgh, I would frequent and I may return to Pittsburgh just to revisit.” - Jay B. on Yelp
Though it may not seem it at first, Pittsburgh holds its own in terms of the jazz scene. Its jazz bars cater to jazz aficionados and casual listeners alike — and if this description applies to any of your yinzer friends, consider getting them a GiftYa to one of the places above. That way, they can listen to great music, enjoy delicious food, and consume all the alcohol their heart desires — without worrying about a cumbersome physical gift card.