by Jeff M. on
The first time I had the pleasure of experiencing Tavern on Broad was for the last Superbowl. I was pleasantly surprised at how relaxed, and quiet the place was. I felt almost like I had walked into a closely guarded secret or something because other than a few people at the bar, most of the seating was pretty open. The group of guys who I came with got an entire section to ourselves and each individual took up entire couches and got comfortable. The food is disappointing for the most part; the wings are boring and then some; the fries are not bad, and for the price you pay, it's a decent amount; the Mahi Mahi was so dull and the bun was chewy and not fun to eat. But I didn't care because it was a very relaxed atmosphere. Then came the second time that I went to this establishment, and it happened to be on a Friday. The two separate visits were like night and day. The obnoxious music being played by the incredibly amateur DJ was blasted at such a ridiculous volume that I swear I heard the hair cells in my inner ear screaming as they shriveled up and died an agonizing death. And then even more died when the aforementioned DJ (DJ being too good a term for this moron) decided that he was going to try... whatever he was trying (scratching I think), but it was so badly done that people actually stopped dancing. It was like a tone deaf old man with no sense of rhythm had gotten a hold of the music. The people in the bar seemed to be slightly older on average (than me), although there also seems to be a decent amount of guys who are in the college student age range (like me). And before I forget, the amount of people on the weekends makes the experience all the more aggravating. The waitresses are quick, and seem to be very attentive to your needs, although not necessarily cheery while they're taking care of you. But most of them are attractive, so... you're welcome. Go when the place is quiet and relaxed, and it's an enjoyable experience. Go when the annoying music is playing, and the whole experience takes a nosedive. Unless you're into that scene I guess. Also, go down the street to I-HOP when you get hungry.
by Daron Sauter on
I loved seeing They Might Be Giants at the Avalon, although it might have had something to do with the fact that: I didn't have to pay for the ticket I didn't have to pay the outrageous sum for the parking I got a TMBG T-shirt as a gift I got the biggest glass of red wine known to plastic cup-dom from the obviously in-a-good-mood bartender THANK YOU my good buddy J. You are a gentleman, a scholar, and a very funny man. And since your girlfriend couldn't go, it was nice of you to ask me! Thanks HJ for sharing him... As one of the Johns from TMBG pointed out, the Avalon is a sacred place for music history in LA. He reminisced about their first time playing there, and the awe they felt about the sheer size of the venue. It's still big, and remnants of its past glory cling to the walls and frescoed ceiling. I'd have loved to see it in its heydey, the way it was meant to be seen, but if that were the case I'd be really super-old right now and I'd rather be my age and just thinking wistfully about how cool LA used to look. Of course it would be better if people were a bit mroe respectful of our architecture, but that's another review to be written some other time. So: the drinks were good, I had a great perch that allowed me to view the band in comfort. There was a guy in his twenties who had a walrus mustache standing in front of us, which was absolutely brilliant. I kept telling J. that if we stood just so behind him, one side of the mustache would block my view, and one would block his. J. thought this was pretty funny, but he'd been drinking at that point. Other four-star-worthy tidbit: they played old Bowie during intermission. Also: note to bands who had their heydey in the 80s who decide to tour: we love you, we really really do. But most of us are just being polite when we listen to your new stuff. We're really not that interested. Sorry! I mean, you still have it, and you're still creative, and yadda yadda yadda...but we all just want to listen to your hits. We're shallow that way, and I'm not anticipating much change in the near future.