Garage, this is a big deal for locals. It's a brand new venue, just opened on Friday. The owners are really good friends of mine that I've done a ton of business with. In fact, we run a feature in my paper called the Scruffington Post, which can be found here, that explains the concept of the venue a bit.
I may be a little biased because I'm closely involved, but it is a state of the art, two level venue. It's kinda like a mini Bijou with a brewery underneath it, if you will. It's owned by the same folks who own Preservation Pub, which will have awesome music going late in to the night after all the shows, and it's right next door.
Post by NotMitchelBade on Jan 30, 2014 12:35:58 GMT -5
Had to drop by to talk up Scruffy City Hall! I'm not a huge fan of Pres Pub next door who also own this place (mainly because of the smoke in the Pub), although Pres Pub does have a fantastic rooftop bar that overlooks all of Market Square. That's where I met Ben Gibbard after the Death Cab show April before last. We talked for about 2 hours, and it was fantastic. To be fair, Pres Pub does actually get some pretty good shows, though. I've seen The Fritz, Fly Golden Eagle, The Main Squeeze, Fine Peduncle, Emma & Her Gentleman Callers, Marina Orchestra, and a few other bands that are about the size to play the tiny stages at Bonnaroo.
Anyway, I've been to SCH three times now, and I love it. I was there last Friday night, and there was a fantastic funk/soul cover band playing. On top of it all, though, they managed to poach the best bartender in Knoxville (in my opinion) to work the bar on the second floor of SCH. If you go there, ask for Whitney and tell her Matt said hey! Unfortunately, SCH is still waiting on their liquor license (these things take a while in TN), so her skills are kind of wasted (no pun intended, honestly) for the moment. However, she used to tend the bar under Soccertaco on the Square (Sotano's/The Monkey Bar/whatever else it's called), and I would go there just for her. I always order the Whitney Special, which consists of me telling her "Hey! Make me whatever you want!" In 3 years of going there, I was never disappointed by a single drink. Often I would just tell her a liquor or an ingredient that I wanted in my drink, and she'd build the drink around it. I know that for those of you who live in bigger cities that this may commonplace, but in a smaller city that's also pretty heavily a college town, this is rare. I have a lot of friends who tend bars around Knoxville, but Whitney is by far the best bartender around. So, for those of you who live here, give her a visit! And for those of you who are just stopping by for Big Ears, make sure you stop in and get a Whitney Special while you're in town!