Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne
Tel: 61 3 9663 2856
Concierge.com's insider take:
With little more than a gaggle of smokers to give away its dark-alley location in City Centre, this barely lit club is a haunt for serious jazz buffs. Every night, a different live lineup gets grooving at 8:30 pm, with edgier outfits and up-and-comers earlier in the week, and established artists and international names on weekends. Many regard this as Australia's finest jazz venue, and you'll often spot big-name musicians in the crowd. Prince did a "secret" gig here on his last Aussie tour, and visiting jazz masters sometimes hook up with local luminaries for electrifying jams. It's best to book ahead of time for big-name acts and weekend sessions.