The Bear Club

The Bear Club, Luton: Tickets, Tours, Address, The Bear Club Reviews: 5/5

The Bear Club
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Jazz & Blues club - live music every week - craft world beer, local ales, wine, gin and whisky. Occasional diversions to Comedy, Country, Classical & Americana.
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Peter R
St. Albans, UK91 contributions
The only positive thing about Luton…other than the airport.
Oct 2021 • Couples
I moved to Luton 5 months ago. I have little positive narrative to offer about the place…until tonight.

I was tipped off about this place yesterday and booked for tonight.

Brilliant venue. A truly hidden gem.

Great gig, great staff team, great venue.

If Jazz or Blues is your thing then this is singularly the best venue you will find in the UK that stands shoulder to shoulder with Ronnie Scott’s at a fraction of the price.

An unbelievable find. Looking forward to many more visits.

Thank you Tim & John (and Justin) for this gem of a venue and experience.

See you soon. Very soon.
Written October 16, 2021
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Angus G
Luton, UK585 contributions
THE BEAR IS OPEN AGAIN!
Sep 2021
It's open again in 2021! Who knows how long for but that special Bear atmosphere is back. this is truly a world class jazz/blues club and such a friendly place we always feel like this is a second home.

The capacity is currently reduced to about 60 (as of September 2021) but there's still a great atmosphere with the same top quality bands appearing. Great to absolutely love this place in 2019 and was heartbroken when I heard it was going to close. I literally wept when I was able to go back in the summer of 2021.

The biggest gem in Luton. Without. A. Doubt.
Written September 6, 2021
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pollykettle62
Luton, UK52 contributions
So lovely but closing in May 2020
Mar 2020 • Couples
So wish we had found the amazing club long ago. Cosy, intimate, friendly, great music, great prices what more could we ask? We feel so at home here but sadly it will not be open much longer. Best place in Luton.
Written March 5, 2020
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Pam C
5 contributions
Chilled atmosphere but serious about the music
Aug 2019
The Bear Club is a cool jazz venue - as we who live in Luton say ‘you wouldn’t know you’re in Luton’. It’s always worth checking out the website to see what’s coming up as music is varied but invariably by skilled musicians who care about their music. The atmosphere in the venue has a sense of community, staff are friendly and they have a well selected range of drinks if you just want to go and chill on a Thursday evening.
Written December 10, 2019
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Simon R
Caddington, UK26 contributions
Best club in Beds
Sep 2019 • Couples
Love it here, pick a night with an artist who’ll float your boat for the best experience, but no matter who you see the atmosphere is always fabulous. A great array of drinks on offer and always a good atmosphere. Please go a support the Bear!!
Written September 7, 2019
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bindymcminge
Perth, Australia249 contributions
Great Club with excellent ambience
Aug 2019 • Couples
G'day, came over from Australia to visit family. My 85 year old mother told us all about the Bear Club and she wanted to go as much as we did. I emailed the Bear, with almost immediate response with tickets waiting for us at the door. We arrived at 7pm and greeted by Justin. He was very welcoming. We had excellent seats. The ambience was absolutely amazing. We never expected to have such a great night. The Jazz Trumpeter Brant Tildes and entourage came on at 8.30pm. It was a truly brilliant evening. The whole evening was magic a great start to our holiday. We loved it and hope to return one day very soon. The Bar excellent and entrance fee very reasonable.
Written August 24, 2019
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angelchain
Luton, UK100 contributions
A real gem of a place
Jul 2019 • Friends
The people of Luton are so lucky to have have a venue like this,
Drinks are a bit pricey admittedly but here is all about quality not quantity and is well worth the price ,
Fabulous atmosphere and brilliant music -what more could you want?!?
Written August 7, 2019
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Frances933805734
2 contributions
A Mississippi Juke Joint in Luton!
Dec 2018
Have visited the Bear Club several times. Unique venue with a very welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. A must for lovers of the blues and a chance to hear some great bands. Just like a juke joint in the Deep South transplanted to Luton!
Written August 7, 2019
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Marissa E
Dunstable, UK18 contributions
Very Dissaponted
Jul 2019 • Friends
Sadly writing this review after a disappointing experience last night.
Following a great experience a few months ago, we arranged for family to come and stay so we could visit the bear club.
After booking and paying £10 each entrance fee, we were told to be quiet twice as if we were in a library. Unfortunately the old fashions were poorly mixed on this occasion (which you do not expect at £8 each)
We felt uncomfortable sitting in silence in a music bar, so left to enjoy music and company elsewhere.
Written July 27, 2019
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Thanks for the feedback. I'm sorry to hear that you didn't have a great time on your last visit. To take one issue at a time... we do sometimes ask people to be sensitive to the musicians (during the music) if the overall level of noise goes against the vibe while it is on, and if other members of the audience have approached the bar to ask us. On Friday this was the case on both counts, so I believe one of the staff did say something. We expect chatter on Blues nights like the one you came to, but hope that the crowd will go with the ebbs and flows of the band. We try our best to get this right to please everyone - the people who are out for a good time and the people who are there to listen, and we hope in general those are one and the same. It's most definitely the biggest challenge we face at each and every gig. As for the Old Fashioneds, I'm sorry these were not to your liking... did you try taking them back to the bar, the staff will always remake something for you if they are notified. It's hard to rectify that aspect of your review after the fact, but if we do attract you back for something else, and I sincerely hope we do, please know you can always talk to your server about how you'd like your mix. Having asked the team and checked the videos, I'm sorry we couldn't rectify this in person on the night, the staff said there were no complaints on the evening, though there were repeat orders on the old fashioneds from a group. Or next time please feel free to email direct as everything comes through to me. We love to communicate with people on the good and the bad fronts. Bear.
Written July 29, 2019
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rummy156
Luton, UK16 contributions
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Jul 2019 • Friends
This is just what Luton needed to put in on the map , I have visited the Bear Club several times each time it gets better fabulous place
Written July 3, 2019
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