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In the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town
The Jazz Bar
1a Chambers Street
0131 220 4298

Opening hours


We’re open EVERY DAY, all year round, except for the one day of the entire year when this place falls silent – Christmas Day.

Mon – 5pm-3am
Tue – 5pm-3am
Wed – 5pm-3am (earlier if an open rehearsal/early event is listed)
Thu – 5pm-3am
Fri – 5pm-3am
Sat – 1.30pm-3am
Sun – 2pm-3am (or 5pm-3am dependent upon programming)
Please visit our Current Programme page for music timings.

We close at 3am every night (or is that ‘morning’?), except during special Festivals e.g. the two weeks of Christmas and Hogmanay (New Year), the 10-day  Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival (mid-July) and the month-long Fringe in August, when we have a 2-hour extension. Yep, bar to 5am!

The music programme is very different during festival periods, please check our ‘What’s On?’ pages for current information.

Our ‘day’ goes to closing time, not midnight! So, a gig that’s listed as ‘Friday 25th, 1am’ is actually happening late FRIDAY night. Watch out with electronic diaries as they will show this gig as running on Saturday 26th in the morning.

Under 18s

Unfortunately the terms of our City Council Licence state that we are not allowed to admit under-6s at any time, since we do not have baby changing facilities. Under-18s must be accompanied by an adult and can only be admitted up to 8pm, then they must leave. These are the terms of our licence and as such is out of our hands. We thank you for your understanding.

Teens are welcome to attend the Saturday or Sunday afternoon gigs, or the Tues-Sun ‘Teatime Acoustic’ sessions, up to 8pm. Families are very welcome!


The venue is in the basement of an old c1860 building. Access is by two short flights of stairs down from street level, 16 steps to the intermediate landing, then a further 9 steps down to the basement level, both flights with handrails. Unfortunately, the building layout and age does not allow us the space necessary to create disabled access or facilities.

Under City of Edinburgh Council regulations, we are obliged to notify that any wheelchair users who wish to enter will have to be aided or carried down and up the stairs by their own assistants, who must remain with them at all times while inside the premises, in case of emergency evacuation. Please also be aware that there are two steps in the bar area, between the entry/exit stairs & toilets and the bar itself. Furtniture is not fixed within the bar and may hinder access in the main area.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience. For individual access inquiries please contact us so that we may best be able to cater to your needs and make your visit with us as smooth, comfortable, and most of all, enjoyable as possible.


You’re coming in to a laid back, relaxed vibe (it’s not a concert, but please respect the music) so we prefer smart/casual; jeans are OK as are suits, frocks or even ‘Black Tie’ evening dress, if you want to dress up a bit! (We do often see people coming in after being at a formal party, in long dresses and kilts) .

Entry will always be at the discretion of our highly experienced, courteous and efficient (contracted) Security door staff, and we trust their judgement, which is based on many years of experience here, and is also based on their knowledge of our discerning clientele. They prefer that people are not in shorts, tracksuit bottoms, bare feet or with flip-flops footwear, and we support this view.

Also, we are not really a ‘Party Venue’ for Stag or Hen nights – people come here to enjoy the music and have a good time, not to be distracted by raucous behaviour. The entry discretion may also apply to any form of fancy dress.

Gig Enquiries

If you’re looking for a gig, please DO NOT phone us! Send an email with your details, band description and an audio link to the general email address. Please DO NOT do not send us a physical CD.


It’s on the wall inside the Jazz Bar and always attracts lots of attention. This is an illustrated history of jazz starting from its Blues origins and showing its various developmental phases, all with photos of the prime movers. You can buy a print of this amazing poster directly from the author Peter von Bartkowski, in Germany. It’s surprisingly cheap and he’ll mail it straight to you in a cardboard tube. If you contact him please mention where you saw his poster!


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