Swing by these throwback spots for a drink, and you’ll get a dose of live music on the side.
BAKER’S KEYBOARD LOUNGE DETROIT
The world’s oldest jazz club turns 85 in 2019. Just north of downtown, this Motor City music hub has hosted Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis and Nat King Cole. Live bands and artists still play Tuesday through Sunday nights. And a Wednesday karaoke event draws a phenomenal cast of Detroit vocalists.
6. THE PHOENIX KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
Saturdays and Sundays, covers of oldies like Van Morrison’s “Tupelo Honey” fill the brick interior of this downtown jazz institution. Live brunch music starts at 10 a.m., with $15 mimosa pitchers, a full menu of cheap diner classics and no entry fee. Plus the new 21c Museum Hotel Kansas City just opened a block away.
7. THE BLIND LEMON CINCINNATI
This hopeless romantic of hole-in-the-wall bars prides itself on live music: seven days a week, every week of the year. A special cocktail menu features hot drinks for winter. A firepit keeps the garden open year-round. And some of the autographed celeb photos lining the walls look like they’ve been here since it opened in 1963.