What You'll Get
Experiencing live jazz can be a powerful and spiritual experience, like guzzling an expired pint of eggnog or driving to Europe. Eschew tyrannical boundaries such as oceans, expiration dates, and sheet music with today's Groupon: for $19, you get admission for two and two drinks at The Cellar Restaurant and Jazz Club (up to a $54 value). In addition to ticket prices, The Cellar requires a minimum food and beverage purchase of $10 per person Sunday through Thursday and $15 per person Friday and Saturday, so bring your appetites or knock back a second drink to fulfill the minimum. The value of the drinks received with this Groupon will apply toward the minimum.
The subterranean restaurant and jazz club serves up an eclectic menu of international fare to the tunes of a nearly nightly rotating lineup of some of the best sounds to drift into the Vancouver atmosphere. The club, which has hosted the big-named likes of Les McCann, David “Fathead” Newman, and Joey Defrancesco, alongside lesser-known local artists, is currently celebrating 10 years under the ownership of saxophonist Cory Weeds. Visit the dimly lit destination with a cat, chickadee, or square-shaped human to see upcoming guests and New York jazz scenesters, the Le Boeuf Brothers, or the Dan Reynolds Trio, featuring new compositions by its eponymous pianist. You can find a full calendar of upcoming shows here.
Grab your grandma and peruse the extensive list of libations to stock your table with a hip, handheld meter-keeper to ever so lightly tap along with the syncopated beats. Sip a glass of the Red Guitar Tempranillo Grenache, or try a salty-dog martini, a salt-rimmed vodka drink loaded with grapefruit juice and distilled Charlie Parker. Reservations are recommended, so call ahead.
This Groupon is not valid during Festival Vancouver or Music on Main events. Blackout dates of August 27–28, September 9–12, October 8–9, November 5–6, December 31, and January 14–16 apply.
Vancouver magazine, Martini Boys, and World's Best Bars all dig The Cellar. Six Yelpers give it a three-star average, and seven TripAdvisors give it an average of 3.5. Though some online reviews are mixed on the service, everyone agrees the jazz is some of the best around:
- …The Cellar is like nightlife meditation; if you're sick of the same ol' grind of pubbing and clubbing, take a sabbatical and enjoy the tunes underground. Great for romance (gentlemen: this place is a ladykiller), or just to fire up your love of all things delicious to the senses. – Jovana Jancovic, Martini Boys
- Sexy subterranean lounge in Kitsilano known as much for its spectacular cocktail menu as its music. – World's Best Bars
- Excellent place for jazz. Surprisingly good menu, an additional bonus, when you're really here for the music, not the munchies. – A TripAdvisor reviewer on Facebook
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jan 30, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 4 additional as gifts. Not valid with other offers. Not valid 8/27-8/28, 9/9-9/12, 10/8-10/9, 11/5-11/6, 12/31, 1/14-1/16, or for Festival Vancouver or Music on Main events. Reservation recommended. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.