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This Melbourne Jazz Bar Is Straight Out Of New York City

By Sophie Oddo
5th Aug 2019

When it comes to date night, thinking outside the box can be difficult and it’s not long before you default to your local followed by Netflix on the couch. That’s why we’re here to fill you in on Bird’s Basement, the sultry, New York-inspired jazz bar that delivers a unique sensory experience your significant other will thank you for.

Intimate Atmosphere

Hosting the highest calibre of local and international jazz artists, Bird’s Basement takes inspiration from renowned New York jazz venue, Birdland, with its chic interior, atmospheric restaurant, schmick bar and of course, the music. 

With outstanding acoustics and state-of-the-art equipment, you will only hear smooth sounds no matter where you’re seated in Bird’s Basement. Plus, the thoughtful seating plan means all guests can choose their optimal spot, as close or as far from the action as they like, while still having the vibe of an intimate performance. 

Date-Worthy Dining

A night out just isn’t complete without a good feed, and Bird’s Basement has you covered with a full dining menu, extensive wine list and killer cocktails. For entree, you can expect a selection of mouth-watering antipasti, aubergine fingers and arancini balls. But make sure you leave room for the main course with melt in your mouth housemade lamb ragu and seared organic spatchcock.

Perhaps the most alluring part of the menu is the quirky cocktails named after jazz legends. Our pick of the pack is the ‘Miles Davis’, a rum-based cocktail made with fresh pineapple juice, orange juice, coconut cream, grated nutmeg and viola flowers. And we can’t go past the ‘Nina Simone’, a gin-based cocktail made with fresh apple juice, lemon juice, cucumber, mint leaves and pink pepper. 

World-Class Talent

The Bird’s Basement lineup covers the entire jazz spectrum, with artists influenced by soul, funk, R&B, rock, blues and Latin, which means there’s something to suit all kinds of music lovers.

With the current program boasting legions of Grammy Award nominees and renowned names such as Luisito Quintero, Shelby J and Sasha Masakowski (also known as New Orlean’s own Billie Eilish), the shows aren’t just for jazz connoisseurs but for those who are inspired by stellar talent and love live music.

What are you waiting for? With all the boxes ticked for a perfect evening, it’s time to lock in Bird’s Basement for your next night out.


Where: 11 Singers Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
Contact: 1300 BBJAZZ
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