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Blue Room

Closed Now: 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Open today: 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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Free Jazz concerts - who could ask for anything more?

The Blue Room at the center of the 18th and Vine district is an incredible deal. Concerts by... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2018
Ames, Iowa
Not to be missed

What a great place for ambiance, fun, and great jazz! I really enjoyed sitting at the bar and... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2018
Palm City, Florida
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This jazz bar opened in 1997.
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1616 E 18th St, American Jazz Museum, Kansas City, MO 64108-1610
+1 816-474-2929
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Reviewed 25 August 2018

The Blue Room at the center of the 18th and Vine district is an incredible deal. Concerts by contemporary jazz musicians are free. The concert hall/bar venue is very pleasant, good acoustics, and offers drinks at reasonable prices if you are so inclined. The concert...More

Thank DMGAmes_Iowa
Reviewed 11 July 2018

What a great place for ambiance, fun, and great jazz! I really enjoyed sitting at the bar and taking in what the entire place has to offer. I loved my scotch and the bar service was very good and attentive. I would highly recommend visiting...More

Thank Gwopilot
Reviewed 16 June 2018

We saw an awesome free jazz show here on a Thursday night. It was magical. Wonderful server, wonderful music, wonderful venue. They don't serve food, but do have a full bar with reasonable prices. A person in our party lost a credit card while we...More

Thank Barbara N
Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

My husband and I love jazz and we were so excited about the blue room! We came all the way from Fort Riley KS just to celebrate my husband military accomplishment! I’m so glad we did! Demise Thimes put on the best show ever! We...More

Thank outlawwife
Reviewed 9 September 2017

Way back when Jazz and Blues were evolving, Kansas City was one of THE great jazz cities of this evolving genre. Blues, jazz and barbecue kind of go together in this Kansas City historic district at 18th and Vine. The Blue Room is kind of...More

2  Thank MaryBeth H
Reviewed 5 May 2017

We were in town for a conference and popped over here to listen to Lisa Henry. The venue was low key and comfortable, prices were right and Lisa Henry was a joy to experience. We were greeted at the door by the "mayor" who ushered...More

1  Thank Djodi
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Kansas City is known for many things: The Royals, BBQ, and, of course, jazz. One evening, a friend and I stumbled across this place. Entering this place was like entering a place from the past. Regardless of what you dressed like or looked like, everyone...More

Thank KansasBoy0404
Reviewed 20 February 2017

We had a few beers here and listened to the Paul Shinn trio, which played a mix of standards, and many original songs. Paul Shinn, the pianist, is headed for New York City and bigger things. But the friendliness of the room and the waitstaff...More

Thank eljay2015
Reviewed 7 November 2016

Was able to see Ida McBeth (even though she was under the weather) preform in this small wonderful setting. Just wished I lived here instead of California so I could see great jazz in a intimate setting at crazy low prices ($15 bucks, no cover)......More

Thank markj4golf
Reviewed 9 April 2016 via mobile

A very comfortable place to hear good jazz in a jazz-centric city. No food, but interesting beers on tap (some local) or bottled, also wine and mixed drinks. Good acoustics and sight lines, fascinating memorabilia on the walls and tables (the club is part of...More

1  Thank Jazzmom15
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Hope J
4 September 2018|
Response from DMGAmes_Iowa | Reviewed this property |
As far as I know, there are no age requirements to attend the live jazz concerts in the Blue Room. There were some young children with adults (presumably their parents) the evening we attended. Children, of course, cannot... More
Brent K
3 September 2017|
Response from Djodi | Reviewed this property |
Good question. I only had a drink. Maybe u can check their website.