You won’t find an opulent setting, high style or anything else manicured for social media—this legendary L.A. haunt is a musician’s club. Jazz greats and behind-the-scenes session musicians alike headline and jam in this no-frills spot, and have since 1970. Nightly shows and raucous crowds pack into the cozy Studio City dive, where tickets average $20—but put aside a few more bucks for this spot’s signature baked potatoes, which come overflowing with cheese, veggies and just about any other topping you can imagine. There’s also a two-drink minimum, but don’t worry: Drinks start as low as $5 apiece.
Looking for a swanky jazz club in Los Angeles? There’s always had a steady underground jazz movement across the city, but lately there’s been a resurgence with enough regular performances to fill up a calendar fast. There are ranges of styles and locales to choose from, including comfortable lounge nights in hotel bars and experimental nights in intimate clubs. Whether at the famed Walt Disney Concert Hall Downtown, the intimate Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood or someplace in between, these sophisticated L.A. haunts are as smooth as the live jazz they showcase.