Nothing goes better with a cup of coffee or a cocktail than live music. Edmonton is a great place to listen to local bands whether you like indie, jazz, blues, pop, or even Celtic music. Edmonton is home to many cafes that offer live music and open mic nights so you can get a taste of local musicians. Here are some area cafes with great live music.
Head to Brittany's Lounge for drinks and live music. This is an open mic place, so you'll get a good variety of music depending on when you go. Happy hour takes place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weeknights, and talented local performers play from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Brittany's Lounge has no cover so you can just drop by and enjoy drinks at happy hour prices. The atmosphere is casual and fun with beautiful art on the walls. The lounge doesn't serve food, but you can order from the cafe next door that delivers.
Enjoy coffee or wine while you listen to live local musicians. The musical lineup here ranges from independent singer/songwriters to prominent jazz and blues bands. You'll get to listen to some country and indie musicians, too. Check out the events page to find out who is performing and when. Cafe Blackbird serves breakfast and lunch daily and has a tapas menu available after 5 p.m. if you want to munch on something light while you enjoy the music.
Naked Cyber Cafe and Espresso Bar
The Naked Cyber Cafe and Espresso Bar is not your average coffee shop. This is a great place to go if you want to sit and drink coffee while you work. The cafe even has several computers available if you don't have your own laptop. Naked Cyber Cafe offers open mic nights several times a week so you can also enjoy live local music while you work or socialize. This is a fun place with an eclectic look and warm atmosphere. You can even play one of the available board games if you want to unplug the old-fashioned way with a group of friends.
Blue Chair Cafe
This cafe offers live music in the evenings and during Sunday brunch. You can enjoy many types of music, from Edmonton's piano man playing jazz on Sundays to Celtic performers on a Saturday night. You can pay the cover charge in advance at the Blue Chair Cafe to hold your table as long as you have a party of six or more and can be guaranteed a live performance almost every night. The atmosphere is casual and hip, and the food is delicious whether you are here for dinner or breakfast.
Edmonton has many cafes to choose from if you want to enjoy food, drinks, and live music. Try one of these cafes for an evening out or just a cup of coffee in the afternoon.
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