Since 1989, Club Deluxe is arguably S.F.’s best jazz bar (Though Royal Cuckoo is another great for Hammond-organ-centric jazz). With blond wood and a 1950s, retro look, Deluxe hosts an array of jazz and blues musicians nightly in an intimate space where you’re up front and personal with the bands. Linger as long as you like for the price of a drink. Even when crowded, there always seems to be an available seat. Sadly, owner Jay Johnson died in 2015, but let’s hope his welcoming bar lives on for decades.
THE DRINK TO DRINK: Deluxe is not really about the drinks themselves. But there’s a decent selection of American whiskeys or amari for basic classics like a Negroni or Americano—or stick with beers and neat pours.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: There can be cover charges after 9 p.m. on weekends, but they don’t tend to top $5 to $10. There is no charge most nights for rotating sets of duos, trios, quartets and more.