In the heart of Bristol city centre is a jazz venue called Jazz at Future Inns. It is underneath Chophouse Restaurant, both of which are part of Future Inn Bristol. That’s right, a restaurant with live music in Bristol, and Thursday nights are dedicated to Jazz. Each week sees a different local or internationally known artist, duo, ensemble or group.
My experience at Jazz at Future Inns
On Thursday, 5th September 2019, I headed down the stairs into the jazz club. As much as I am a live music fan, this is one genre of music that I do not know too much about. The performance space was intimate, with lots of mood lighting, and lots of comfortable seating and booths.
The singer for the evening was Becki Biggins. The blonde bombshell oozed sex appeal, and when she began to sing her voice was smooth and sultry. The show ‘It’s a man’s world’ is a homage to the men who have inspired her life and career. It is a celebration of great songs and stories she has collected over the years. There were songs for everyone, including covers of Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, and of course hilarious antidotes.
Dinner before hitting the jazz venue in Bristol
Before my first ever jazz experience, I threw the diet out of the window. I over-indulged with a few glasses of wine and one of the best set menus I have ever experienced. In Chophouse Bar & Restaurant, Monday – Sunday between 6pm-9.30pm you can enjoy 3 courses for £18. That’s right, only £18!
To start, I had garlic and creamy herb mushrooms on toasted focaccia. The garlic and herbs were subtle but giving the mushrooms a lot of flavour – sometimes it can be too overpowering, but this was just right. It was so tasty, I could have had another course of this! For mains, I choose a 6oz sirloin with asparagus, watercress, a poached egg and chunky chips. You can’t go wrong with steak and chips, especially when it cooked to your perfection. It also came with a red wine reduction, which I loved dipping my chips into – kind of like posher chips and gravy.
Even though I was incredibly full by now, I “managed” to wolf down my dessert too. It was a homemade sticky toffee pudding with muscovado and brandy sauce. Sometimes alcohol in desserts can be too rich, but again this did not overwhelm the dish and enhanced the flavour.
If you would like to book, with a complimentary glass of wine, you can do so by clicking here.
Thursday nights are made for Jazz
Jazz at Future Inns takes place every Thursday from 8.30pm, with a different performer every week. It costs £10 per person or £5 for students, with the band taking proceeds from the door. Bookings can be made online, or you can pay on the door.
I would highly recommend taking advantage of the 3 courses for £18 special offer and dining beforehand. Even though the restaurant is known for steaks, chops and ribs, they offer a wide variety of chicken, fish, vegetarian and vegan dishes too. There is also a wide range of gluten-free options too. If you would like a complimentary glass of wine with your booking too, you can book here.
Do you like live jazz, or have you ever been to Future Inn Bristol?
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