Jazz & Blues
May 11, 2018
Legendary swing-jazz and blues bar with a beautiful piano on a small raised stage that proves to be the centre piece of the action. The clientele is a mix of laid-back locals and international jazz lovers who have heard of the Reservoir’s unique vibe. The suburban crowd descends at the weekend, so you’ll have to come early and order dinner or you’ll find yourself fighting for a table. The décor is bare brick, carpet and stools, much like a swinging 50s piano bar; while the mood is as down-home as a New Orleans speakeasy. And, despite its international reputation, the place feels cosy and intimate in an old-school jazz club kind of way, with red lights around the bar and nightlights twinkling in red candle holders on the tables. Some of the city’s most distinctive lounge bands play four nights a week and once at the weekend, and a young unknown called Michael Buble cut his teeth here. Other celebrity regulars include Nick Nolte, Chas Palmetieri and Peter O’Toole. Prince was once here too, drinking Chablis through a straw, and try to keep cool, ladies, if Tom Jones pops in and performs impromptu as he has been known to do. Food runs from pizzas and oysters to Southern-style fries and tapas-style dishes such as crab cakes and lemongrass chicken. Bourbon and beer are the tipples of choice but don’t overlook the cocktails. There’s an extensive range of martinis, alongside some superior high balls and rocks the minty fresh Papa Mojito comes particularly recommended. Drink from the Reservoir.
Main photo Credits: Reservoir Lounge official website