The fact that we have great local jazz is nothing new, but with this being Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), we’re tipping our hats to a few spots doing the music, and of course, great food and cocktails, some serious justice.
We’ve outlined three of our favorite places to pull up a chair, pour a glass and get lost in one of Saratoga’s best music scenes, with a few insider tips along the way.
When you have more bottles of single malt than seats in your club, you have us listening. Not only does 9 Maple have the largest selection of single malts from Manhattan to Montreal in their 27-year-old club - they’ve got some of the best jazz names in the area and beyond, hitting every weekend. Names like Chuck Lamb come to mind, a local who’s played with some recognizable jazz families, like Brubeck.
Angel’s Share Society is a fine way to acquaint yourself with those aforementioned single malts and other libations. On the first Tuesday of every month (outside of track season), you’ll take an educational journey through a whiskey, single malt, bourbon, and a cocktail for only $25. On our monthly calendar. ALWAYS.
Built in 1883, Mouzon House doesn’t do farm-to-table because it’s trendy. The Pedinotti family has always been committed to making their restaurant(s) as high quality as it is comfortable since their time owning One Caroline. And the food isn’t the only thing local. Their gypsy-jazz and New Orleans cuisine, as well as bands seven days a week, will carry you far away from downtown Saratoga to a place you’ll never want to leave.
We’re no sommelier, but our favorite pairing: Thursday, Crawfish beignets, French wine (a predominantly Carignan to be exact), and Hot Club Saratoga. What could be better? Oh wait, Thursday is ½ price bottles of wine - come with friends or a bad day.
We know the first block of Caroline Street can either be the best place to tie-one-on until the wee small hours of the morning (yes that’s a Frank Sinatra reference, look it up) or the last place you want to venture. Either mood, One Caroline will satiate your cravings for a casual atmosphere, with great drinks and food that’ll change your mind about calling it an early night, especially once the music starts (around 9 pm). We’ve never heard something we didn’t like at One Caroline - from the music of Bob Dylan to Ella Fitzgerald they’ve got a great mix of regulars and one-stops along a greater tour.
If you are tying-one-on until the wee small hours of the morning (Did you look it up yet? Honor Frank.) don’t you even dare blow it and grab a slice of pizza or your classic dough boy/girl. One Caroline’s kitchen is open later than most (10 pm Friday and Saturday, 9 pm the rest). Those small plates will have you ordering up another smoked cocktail… just ask your bartender about it.
Jazz Fest Giveaway
BTW… don’t forget to enter our ticket giveaway for the 40th annual Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, happening at SPAC June 24th and 25th. You can enter via our Facebook and/or Instagram pages through April 30th.