The 3 best places to hear live jazz and blues in Dallas

In search of a new favorite jazz and blues spot?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top venues for jazz and blues around Dallas, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to enjoy some soulful tunes.

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1. The Balcony Club

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Topping the list is The Balcony Club. Located at 1825 Abrams Road, Suite B, in Lakewood, the lounge is the highest rated jazz and blues spot in Dallas, boasting four stars out of 138 reviews on Yelp.

The Balcony Club has been in business since 1988, hosting nightly live music performances from jazz and blues musicians. (Check out its upcoming guest artists on its calendar here.) Surrounded by the Art Deco decor, you can listen to the music while sipping a drink from its bar, which serves wine, classic cocktails and more.

Yelper Larry G. said, "Probably the best blues club in Dallas. The staff is personable, the drinks are great and the music is out of this world. If you have the opportunity and time to come, you will be amazed and overwhelmed."

2. The Goat

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Next up is Lakewood's The Goat, situated at 7248 Gaston Ave. With four stars out of 114 reviews on Yelp, the dive bar and karaoke spot has proven to be a local jazz and blues favorite.

It has guest bands that come through, plus a recurring Blues Jam night, Acoustic Blues night and karaoke nights. (See the calendar of events here.) It also has a group of regular local musicians that drop in and play, which you can check out here.

Yelper Jay B. wrote, "If you're looking for a quality, discreet dive bar, look no further. The atmosphere is fun and the music is good. The drinks are great and the people are friendly."

3. Sandaga 813

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Sandaga 813, a dance club in Exposition Park, is another go-to, with four stars out of 77 Yelp reviews. Head over to 813 Exposition Ave. to see for yourself.

The venue plays host to both Grammy Award-nominated stars and local artists. If you're interested in jazz and blues, you'll want to go there on a Tuesday or Thursday. It also has hip-hop and R&B on the weekend.

It serves up barbecue and drinks, has hookah areas and even private rooms.

Yelp reviewer Willis C. said, "If you're fan of jazz, this is the place to be Tuesday night! Sandaga 813 is an awesome place to chillax, enjoy an adult beverage and listen to some talented musicians play some great sounds."