Best of Boston

Best Jazz Club

2013 Best Jazz Club

Wally’s Cafe

Boston
Jazz is inherently cool—but Wally’s makes it even cooler. Maybe it’s the club’s 66 years of history? The weekend jam sessions? The diverse and friendly […] read more»
2012 Best Jazz Club, Casual

Wally’s Cafe

Boston
The South End has risen and fallen as Boston’s jazz center, but 65 years after Joseph Walcott originally opened Wally’s, the place still grooves. Every […] read more»
2012 Best Jazz Club, Upscale

The Beehive Cafe

Boston
One part jazz club, one part restaurant, the Beehive is our go-to spot for a laid-back night out on the town. The stellar list of […] read more»
2011 Best Jazz Club

Wally’s Café

Boston
With a hole-in-the-wall atmosphere, raw jazz, and bartenders who bust ass, Wally’s is an institution unto itself. A conglomerate of Berklee students, longtime barflies, and […] read more»
2011 Best Jazz Club, Upscale

Regattabar

Cambridge
Jazz in its live form requires a venue that does it justice. With a slew of world-class acts ranging from timbale guru Eguie Castrillo to […] read more»
2010 Best Jazz Club

Regattabar

Cambridge
The tasteful Regattabar may not have the indie cred of the crowded, noisy neighborhood jazz joints around town; it’s in the Charles Hotel, after all. […] read more»
2009 Best Jazz Club

Regattabar

Cambridge
With all that energy and spontaneity rippling off the stage, hearing jazz live is always best. Less clear-cut is the choice between the atmospheric, loosey-goosey […] read more»
2008 Best Jazz Club

Wally’s Café

Boston
Jazz is a music born of small spaces, of packed New Orleans clubs and speakeasies. Around here, no destination captures that better than Wally’s. The […] read more»
2007 Best Jazz Club

Regattabar

Cambridge
A knack for luring the top names in the biz has elevated the Regattabar to its rank among the very best in the East. Far […] read more»
2006 Best Jazz Club

Regattabar

Cambridge
What this third-floor space lacks in atmospher—it’s more cruise-ship quarterdeck than smoky back-alley haunt—is more than overcome by the quality of its acoustics and the […] read more»
2005 Best Jazz Club

Scullers Jazz Club

Boston
With its elegant low-lit atmosphere and glittering river views, Scullers is the cool king of local jazz haunts. Intimate without being overcrowded, it sports a […] read more»
1999 Best Jazz Club, Scene

Wally’s Cafe

Boston
Its old location, across the street from where it is today, hosted the likes of Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday. The present-day stage has seen […] read more»
1999 Best Jazz Club, Traditional

Scullers Jazz Club

Boston
So it’s in a hotel, so what? Suits and garment bags can be forgotten in this dimly lighted club with its huge windows overlooking the […] read more»
1998 Best Jazz Club

Regattabar

Cambridge
Some may complain that it’s a bit pricey, but it still delivers the highest-caliber jazz acts in town. From Sonny Rollins to Herbie Hancock, Don […] read more»