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Swing by th­ese throw­back spots for a drink, and you’ll get a dose of live mu­sic on the side.

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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.

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