December 7, 2019

The Side Door Jazz Club

The Side Door Jazz Club is located in Old Lyme, CT.  In 2011 owners Ken and Chris Kitchings purchased the Old Lyme Inn to restore and partially-renovate into a happening new jazz venue!  The Side Door is an ideal venue for jazz acts; the atmosphere is intimate and feels separate from the outside world.  The club opens at 7:30 p.m. for cocktails and the small bar/dessert menu is available until 9 p.m.  Book dinner reservations at The Old Lyme Inn before you enjoy a night of live entertainment.

The Side Door Opening Night Enjoy CT Live

The SideDoor owner Ken Kitchings puts his arm around jazz great George Wein on opening night.

Dessert Side Door

Enjoy a decadent dessert during your night of entertainment!


The Side Door’s stage was first graced with George Wein and his Newport All Star band.  Since then, a number of bands and solo acts have shared their talent, exposing jazz fans and newbies to an artisan sound.  The quality live music, elegant bar, and fantastic acoustics have created an underground following of jazz lovers and musicians.

George Wein Side Door Enjoy CT Live

George Wein and the Newport All-Stars at The SideDoor in Old Lyme.

The Side Door’s website is an amazing resource, complete with articles covering past performances, videos of jazz greats playing at the venue, a brief history, a full events calender, and more!