The Blue Room: Jazz-Fuelled Brunches + Cocktail Evenings

Tegan Smith

A jazz club that hits all the right notes.

Downstairs from Grub & Vine, chef Matt Manning’s popular Bree Street bistro, a cocktail lounge and jazz club is adding another dimension to nightlife in the Mother City. It’s called The Blue Room – a veritable magnet for live music lovers, who can expect sets from some of the country’s top jazz, soul and blues artists.

Matt Manning: The Blue Room Street View

The atmospheric space is reminiscent of a secret speakeasy, with raw brick and blue walls, a curvy wooden ceiling, candlelight, mirrors and leather seating.

The Saturday Brunch Club

Matt Manning: The Blue Room Saturday Brunch Club Dining

What better way to ease into the weekend than with a leisurely brunch, bottomless bubbly and a toe-tapping soundtrack of live jazz? The Brunch Club at The Blue Room offers the full experience, with a delectable menu courtesy of Grub & Vine’s kitchen, bottomless bubbly from Graham Beck – or a Bloody Mary or mimosa, should you prefer…

The sharing-plates seasonal menu includes delights such as ricotta gnocchi; Scotch egg with roasted onion and truffle; grilled sardine with smoked tomato and Toulouse sausages with BBQ beans. To finish? Cinnamon churros with chocolate sauce; honey cake with caramelised chocolate cremeux or a selection of South African cheeses.

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Night grooves

Blue Room Musicians

The jazz action continues in the evenings, from Wednesday to Saturday, when patrons can disappear behind the blue curtains into the magical atmosphere to enjoy the show, with a selection of cocktails and small plates. Some of the artists taking the stage this month include the Ayanda Sikade Trio, Amy Williams Quartet, Lady Felicity and the Trumpets.

View the artist lineup

Time Wednesday – Saturday, 6pm – 10.30pm (show starts at 7.30pm)
Cost R200 per person (may differ for some artists)

The best cocktails in the city

Complete your dinner and jazz experience with a delicious concoction from The Blue Room’s signature cocktail menu:

Culture Spritz Aperol, sparkling brut rose and pineapple soda
Summer Sun Albatross vodka, salted grapefruit, absinthe, lemon and sparkling brut
Blue on Bree White rum, orange, anise, lime and soda
Southside on Bree WaMambo gin, mint, lme and grapefruit tonic
Apple A Day Peated whisky, apple, ginger, honey and lemon
The Bree’s Knees Malachite gin, honey, anise, lemon and sparkling brut
The Manning Albatross vodka, sage, lime, creme de casis and pineapple soda
Clover & Blue WaMambo gin, raspberry, lavender, vermouth and lemon
King’s Blues Tequila blanco, elderflower, lime, ginger, honey, mint and bitters
The Stampede Elephantom rum, red wine, absinthe, lime and mint

Good to know

  • Jazz performances start at 7.30pm (until 10.30pm)
  • Cocktails and tapas are served from 6pm daily, except Sunday.

Opening times Wednesday – Saturday, 6pm – late
Happy hour (2-for-1 cocktails): Wednesday – Saturday, 4pm – 6pm
Saturday Brunch Club: 11am – 3pm
Contact details 021 216 0035,
Address 103 Bree Street, Cape Town
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Time of publication: 29 September 2022