19 E 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT | Directions 8411140.765279 -111.890076
Neighborhoods: Rio Grande
Great Customer Service – Bathrooms are bad... beware but the customer service is excellent and music is 1000 times better. Went last night and watched a local band Melon Robotics - that was the smoothest reggae I have heard since Bob Marley. Drinks are affordable and temp membership fee not bad at all. Lighting is nice, the seats are crud
Hipster basement jazz club that's decidedly not all that jazz. – The Scene
Adjacent to Gallivan Center, it's a necessary stop after a Gallivan's free summer concert. It has the makings of a classic, local watering hole: dim lights, slightly dated decor, pool tables and a loyal base of regulars. It now caters to a younger, tattoo-sporting, neo-hipster crowd, so the yuppie-friendly dress code of the DB Cooper era is nonexistent. However, sipping cognac and puffing on cigars are still popular activities here, but only in a more ironic way.
Despite the name, it's not the house jazz built. Go Tuesdays and Thursdays to get your jazz fix. The 20-something crowd demands more alt-rock bands throughout the week; Saturday is when karaoke reigns supreme, drawing some of the club's better traffic. To complement drink specials like cheap beer Sunday, Monk's makes a mighty fine pizza. The $3 slice is a meal in itself.
Better than Jazz – Finnally a bar for the younger crowd that doesn't consist of Meat Heads having drinking contests and telling women to take their tops off. Free Parking downtown, can't beat that.
Dump Palace – Although we had the entire place to ourselves, (that should have been our first clue) the service was terrible, and the placed looked like it hadn't been upkept in 10 years. Monk's House of Jazz is such a cool name - totally misleading. The best part was playing some music on the jukebox.
What a dive.
Trashy – Monks is a little basement bar that has been sorely neglected. Most of their chairs have broken arms or backs. The tables have to be at least 30 years old...the seat cushions are ripped and torn. It lopks like a rotweiller went to town on the furniture. It is a dingy dank place with bad service. We paid a $5 cover and temp. membership fee to hear some amateur rap group....yuck! Too bad someone else picked the spot to celebrate New Years because I would never go there on my own.
Cooool – I had a great time at this club. Mostly because I liked the music and I'm not used to a jazz bar in Utah. I definitely recommend it for a change:)
What Jazz? – Not a bad place, but don't expect Jazz music. At least it wasn't the night I was there. The band playing was more along the genre of Blink 182. Although not bad, it was not what me and my friends expected when we paid our cover charge. Service was exceptional though. Mixed drinks were mixed well, too. Good bar tender here. Crowd is fun, too.
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