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The Blue Room is Cape Town’s newest jazz club that’s opened on Bree Street

Located on the ground floor at 103 Bree Street, the Blue Room acts as an extension to Manning’s bistro Grub & Vine, while forming part of a collaborative venture with Buddy Wells. Wells, a prominent jazz artist, will manage the venue’s live music element, which will see the Blue Room regularly host top local musicians.

Manning explains that his vision for the space – which was the formerly the Red Bull Music Studios – was born from a desire to resuscitate the local music scene, another casualty of the pandemic. “A few months ago, I was chatting to a musician whose electrifying performance I had just witnessed. With tears in his eyes, he shared how good it felt to play again. I connected to this feeling – it reminded me of when my team and I returned to the restaurant post Level 5 lockdown… it was so energising to be doing what we loved again.

“As with dining out, music is one of those things that add magic to life. Through marrying my experience in hospitality with my passion for jazz, I wanted to provide an exciting platform for local talent, which would breathe new life into Cape Town’s music scene.”

Live sets by some of the country’s top jazz, soul and blues artists will be a regular evening occurrence at the Blue Room, with the festive season line-up including the likes of Nobuhle Ashanti, Darren English, Tefo Mohala and Hilton Schilder’s Goema Club, to name but a few. 

Says Wells, “We’ve set out to create a space in which our finest artists can focus on making beautiful music; a space where the music becomes the focal point of attention, taking the listener on a wonderful journey.”

Overseen by Wells, the building retains the original recording studios, which are available for artists to book. Blue Room patrons will be able to catch these recordings in action from time-to-time, through the studio viewing window which faces the venue’s main seating area.

Manning also intends for the Blue Room to be regarded as a destination for exquisite cocktails, and his menu features delicious concoctions such as the ‘Ella Fizzgerald’ (gin, lime, rhubarb, fennel and Brut MCC) and ‘Muddy Waters’ (bourbon, dry sherry, vanilla maple and naartjie) – as well as a delectable selection of small plates for guests to nibble on, which will be served from the Grub & Vine kitchen.

The Blue Room is open for lunch from Monday – Friday, brunch on Saturdays and tapas and cocktails at night. Check out their list of performances here.