With a 45 year history (opened February 5, 1965), Nighttown is Cleveland’s most distinguished destination for live jazz; in fact, it is the only club in Ohio to have made Downbeat’s list of the 100 Best Jazz Clubs in the World. Taking its name from the Dublin Red Light District in James Joyce’s Ulysses, the club’s atmosphere is a unique blend of Irish pub and New York jazz club. Live music is presented here at least five nights a week, and is always high quality.
The long list of distinguished past performers includes McCoy Tyner, John Pizzarelli, and Wynton Marsalis, among a host of others (an impressive full list is available on their website). In addition to being a full service restaurant, bar and jazz club, Nighttown also houses the Press Club of Cleveland (which has history traceable back to 1887) and its Hall of Fame and Visual Archives. The walls are covered with photos, plaques and memorabilia commemorating the history of Cleveland journalism.
- Public Transportation: Good (steps from RTA bus 32 at Cedar Road/South Overlook Road; and a short walk from bus 7 at Euclid Heights Boulevard/ Cedar Road)
- Handicap Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 260 performances annually. Music occurs Tuesday-Saturday between 7 p.m.–midnight
- Ticket Prices: Free–$30.