Uptown Jazz Cafe - Melbourne's newest jazz and improvised music venue

This Week...


Music . . .

Food . . .

Music nightly  -  Wed-Sat 8.30-11pm

to book is simple - just email uptownjazzcafe@email.com and reserve yourself a table....


Uptown is proud to be able to represent and showcase the Melbourne sound. The best improvised music from other parts of the world tour here, but Melbourne has a particular sound all of it's own. Sometimes described as krusty, krunchy, more creative or streetwise, it is always backed up by the incredible strength of the players here. And while it may sometimes be more rough around the edges than slick, there remains a level of musicianship on a par with anywhere in the world.

Uptown has already hosted such Australian luminaries as Bernie McGann, Allan Browne, Dale Barlow, Mike Nock, Miroslav Bukovsky as well as players such as Paul Grabowsky, Dave Ades, Ian Chaplin, James Muller, Jamie Oehlers, Joe Chindamo, Julien Wilson, Scott Tinkler, Stephen Magnusson, Eugene Ball, Simon Barker, Andrea Keller, Ted Vining, Phil Treloar, Wilbur Wilde, Tony Buck and many many other important players on the local and national scene. Many international acts from Europe and the U.S. have also appeared at Uptown; and of course, a number of sell-out visits from the international monster, Boston saxophonist George Garzone.

Uptown acknowledges the tradition of this music in this area. From Australia’s first ever jazz club set up by Graham Bell in the 40’s – The Uptown Club – in Queensbury St, North Melbourne right through to the Royal Derby, Gypsy Bar and Cape Lounge scene’s in the 90’s, as well as the short lived but essential “Thursdays” @ Sossa’s above the souvlaki shop, all in Brunswick St, Fitzroy.

Uptown continues to feature and support the Melbourne sound in improvised music, as well as encouraging collaborations between local bands and players from other parts of the country and from around the world.

We warmly invite you to be part of it . . . .

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Take the option to have dinner at Uptown. As well as being a leading Melbourne jazz club, we offer some of the best Japanese food in town, joining the expanding Japanese-food epi-centre in the SoJo vicinity of Smith and Brunswick Streets, Fitzroy. Gyoza and Sushi as snacks or the full dinner menu, specializing in traditional flavours “Tokyo style.”

Sip a sake on ice or enjoy a Tanqueray martini before your your meal, taking in the Brunswick Street vibe from 8.00pm. Stay to hear the best local, national and international jazz and improvised music from 8.30pm. Dinner available till late


Uptown is also available for private functions at the following times;

  • Monday & Tuesday - 12 noon to 11pm
  • Wednesday-Saturday - 12 noon to 8pm
  • Sundays - 12 noon to 11pm

Functions have included everything from corporate presentations/product launches to birthdays, engagements, poetry readings, rehearsals, recordings, play readings, filming, as well as book/magazine/album/website launches. All enquiries welcome.

Events Music Management

Uptown can also facilitate band bookings and advice for functions and other events large or small anywhere in Australia. Email uptownjazzcafe@email.com for more info.

Parking - parking on Brunswick St south of Moor St is free. If Brunswick St is busy we recommend parking one block east on Napier St or Condell St near the Fitzroy Town Hall and Police Station - only a 2 minute walk away. Also, the 11 Tram runs till midnight weeknights and till 1am weekends

Enjoy . . . .


Sonny and staff