by Josh Krallis on
I've been here at least 5 times over the last month for happy hour. You can't beat these $1 oysters. They are served on the half shell with a shallot and carrot-ginger minuet. Our last (happy hour) bill for two dozen oysters and two pints of Guinness was around $34 (plus tax and tip). That's a great price such quality!
by Rosario Cheshire on
This is an after-work mecca for my coworkers. I only go in there on Fridays when the greatest, hardest working, take-no-shit, hot as hell bartender Natalie is working. The jukebox has some country hits available, which is another upside. The crowd is generally laid back and it's the kind of place you can go to alone and read a book or talk to your creepy overly-friendly neighbor. Or you can go with friends and take over the couches. Either way, it's not the best bar in the city, but it's comfy and often entertaining- especially when the douchebags stumble over from the Regency and are ripe for the mocking.
by Jeff D. on
I realized last night that I've been attending shows at the Great American Music Hall for well over 30 years. Yes the Cheesemonger is old, but he still gets out... 3.75 stars Mrs Cheesemonger and I went to see Tim Finn, ex Split Enz and Crowded House, whom I first saw in 1976 when the 'Enz' played for five nights at the long gone Boarding House on Bush. It was nice to see that not much has changed at the GAMH - it's a beautiful spot with great sightlines and natural acoustics. the gilded filigree and stately columns are still there, all gussied and painted now. And being owned by the Slims team (Boz and Dawn) has improved the sound and added a certain efficiency to the way the place is run. It was nice to see a small, well chosen wine list being offered at not too much $$, and a water dispenser has been added next to the bar for free and frequent hydration Unfortunately the bathrooms haven't changed - leaky and overflowing onto the floor (why is it that bathrooms in rock clubs are always the worst places on the planet to go and 'visit'???). Toilets and maintenance can't cost 'that' much!?!?!?! Also unfortunately the sound man had trouble with the mix, and frequently throughout the show the sounds were alternately unbalanced, muddy, too treble-ey, rough or just plain sloppy. (This wasn't a complicated band set - three musicians, acoustic guitar, electric guitar and keyboards, so there was really no excuse, given the quality of the sound board and house amplification. I wonder if the sound guy was GAMH supplied or was traveling with the band? Either way, it's inexcusable to have such muddy sound). Also points off for being an all ages house - a move I am sure meant to encourage teens and young 20-somethings to attend shows, but in the case of last night that meant that several mothers brought their young children who asked their mommies lots of loud and silly questions throughout the show. Please - get a baby sitter next time. And while I'm all for folks "getting into" the show and clapping along, please, please. please lady in back of us with the obnoxious kid: please try to clap ON beat, not some random non-existent beat that detracts from the music...