by Jennifer B. on
It's hard for me to admit that last Tuesday was my first time in Cafe Du Nord. This is totally my type of place: intimate size, live indie music with better than decent acoustics (though some sound problems), good eats, reasonably priced drinks, low-price cover...and sitting at the bar feels ever so slightly like being wrapped in tobacco-stained velvet. Bartenders struck me as a little on the joyless side, but they did their job. If I was working here, I think I'd be much happier, but then that depends on the typical crowd. Does this place have a typical crowd? On Tuesday I recognized most of the people in the bar from the college I attended 5 years ago. This was beyond disconcerting. And so I have to ask of the soulful swoony muiscian Ryan Auffenberg (call him post-rock or new country or alternative or easy listening...), who I happened to go to college with, and the advertising crew at Cafe DuNord, what gives of this crowd? This is an artist who has had a residency at the Hotel Utah (a similar, slightly more kooky, organic-saloony place) and has been reviewed by SF's notable weeklies, who's gotten play time on KFOG and headlined their music fests. Where's the fresh blood? Where are the newcomer groupies? This guy totally deserves groupies. Maybe it would help if some Rateclubers checked out http://www.ryanauffenb.... He's a local artist with obvious talent and plays great venues that are a fun time no matter what.
by Myrtie Kostich on
El Rio is totally my new favorite neighborhood bar! The staff (especially the pretty and fabulous blond bartender) are great, and despite the fact that the crowd can either be dirty, smelly, and annoying or interestingly mixed.... I totally made out on the back deck (the best part of the bar) for like 4 hours. Srsly. Much fun to be had here. Cheapo drinks...funy mix of music...its a good time if you live closeby!