Melbourne’s relaxed jazz corner, Bird’s Basement hosts national and international jazz musicians of the highest calibre. Covering the entire jazz spectrum, including improvised and contemporary jazz, world and roots to funk, soul and R&B influences, Bird’s Basement welcomes lovers of live music.
Legions of Grammy Award nominees, names such as Ravi Coltrane and Cindy Blackman Santana have treated guests to world-famous entertainment, in the basement venue down Singers Lane, Melbourne.
Gastrology recently attended Karise Eden’s show at Bird’s Basement. A completely Sold Out event, this was certainly a memorable night with talented song writing and emotionally driven original material.
While music always comes first, food and cocktails are a close second. ‘Bird’s Basement Cocktails’ by Panos Loukopoulos, feature inspired cocktails from legendary jazz names, that will leave you mesmerised from the first sip.
Like the triple threat himself, the ‘Frank Sinatra’ gives it All or Nothing At All, combining Wild Turkey Rye Whiskey, Hennessy Cognac, Cinzano Rosso, Galliano Vanilla topped with Peychaud’s and Angostura bitters. As smooth as his voice and effervescently charming as his personality, the ‘Nat King Cole’ is a concoction of Bati rum and prosecco, topped with fresh mint and lime juice for a bubbly lift.
Combing unlikely spirits, the ‘Ella Fitzgerald’ bows to her improvising ability, blending Gordon’s London Dry Gin, Green Fairy Absinth, Lillet Blanc topped with orange liqueur and fresh lemon juice, crafting a drink only fit for a queen. Other influential jazz cocktails to try are the harmonious ‘Duke Ellington’ taking a unique twist on a classic Gin Fizz topped with ginger and curry leaves.
Add some spice with the ‘Miles Davis’ Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum whisked together with pineapple, orange juice and coconut cream, topped with grated nutmeg and viola flowers, or an audacious ‘Sarah Vaughan’ that like the singer, is well balanced with a blend of Aperol, Tequila and grapefruit for extra sass.
There is no better way to enjoy a show at the Bird’s Basement than with one of their delicious food packages. As a bonus, you get to earn points (BB Points) from their rewards program while you’re at it! From $40, enjoy 2 courses and earn rewards points on both your online ticket and food package cost.
With a Jazz Corner Hotel atop for easy accommodation, indulge in an exquisite night of live music and sipping like the stars.
Location: Bird’s Basement, 11 Singers Lane, Melbourne