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The Jazz Bar
1a Chambers Street
0131 220 4298

Opening hours

Please note, there are no advance tickets or seat reservations available unless clearly stated in the event listing.


Opening Hours (unless otherwise stated in our monthly listings):
Monday   7pm – 12am
Tuesday   7pm – 12am
Wednesday 5pm – 2am
Thursday   5pm – 2am
Friday   5pm – 3am
Saturday   2pm – 3am
Sunday   5pm – 2am

The music programme runs with a unique set-up during festival periods in July and August, please check our Blog for current information.

Please note that an event listed between Midnight and 5am is on the night of the listed date. This is especially important during ticketed festivals and when using digital calendars.

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Unless stated clearly in the programme listing, there are no advance tickets and entry fees are paid upon entry via either cash or card.

Discount entry prices are often available for 60+ concession and students with valid ID. Student discounts are also available at the bar.


The Jazz Bar is a family-run, locally-focused, grassroots music venue for music fans of all identities across gender, sexuality, disability and race. Our audiences are highly mixed in age from 18-100 (seriously!). We welcome open minds with open ears and aim to keep jazz accessible and welcoming.

The Jazz Bar does not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind. If you are ever made to feel uncomfortable in our venue, for any reason, please inform a member of staff or our friendly contracted security team.


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. Furniture is not fixed within the bar and may hinder access in the main area.

The music can, at times, be loud. Foam earplugs are available free from the bar if needed. If you feel the music is excessively loud, please inform our staff who will attempt to lower it if appropriate.

Our lighting is static. We do not use strobe lighting, nor smoke machines or other FX. [Please note, Fringe Festival shows may use their own lighting or stage accessories.]

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.


Entry will always be at the discretion of our highly experienced, courteous and efficient (contracted) security door staff, and we trust their judgement. They prefer that people are not in fancy-dress (including that of stag/hen nights), shorts, tracksuit bottoms, bare feet or with flip-flops footwear (for safety due to possibility of broken glass), and we support this view.

Under 18s

Accompanied children are welcome until 8.30pm and families are very welcome.

Baby change facilities are available in an enclosed stall in the ‘Women’s’ restrooms. We ask that all attendees be welcoming to any guardians who may require these facilities, regardless of gender.

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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