First, to get the biggest negative out of the way.
The parking is not very good, however, you can say the same about most places on the South Side, especially on the back streets.
That is the only thing keeping this from being a full on 9 rating.
Service- Very fast, courteous service.
Although I was lucky enough to have a few drinks bought for me, and didn't spend all that much time at the bar, neither did anyone waiting for a drink.
In my opinion, service is the #1 thing for me, the best bars can be ruined by poor service.
full 9 here, in fact, this one deserves a 10
Prices- I can't give an honest rating here, however the $2.50 Straub special was more than fair, and growing up on Straub beer, nostalgic for me.
Bathrooms- Since I didnt' get the Roethlisberger treatment last night, I can't comment on the women't bathroom.
The Men's however, with the blackboard covered walls was a nice touch.
A little cramped getting from toilet to toilet, and only had 1 urinal, and 1 toilet, which was not a problem with the size of crowd last night, as there was no line, I could see this being a bottleneck on a busier night
Very clean, and more than enough room, with booths in the front for relaxing, and the ample back room, it is a nice sized establishment.
DJ/Entertainment - since it was karaoke night, the patrons were the entertainment, and entertaining that was, with the mixed crowd of the evening.
The DJ IMHO was the typical karaoke DJ, not the best, but not the worst either.
Summary-- Overall, i liked this place, and would actually enjoy making it down there again some time.
The crowd was a mixed crowd of all ages, and backgrounds, the prices were fair, and it was a good experience.
Note This bar has changed ownership/re-opened since this review was written.
This was a review for when this establishment was known as "St. James Place Tavern".
If you've been to this since the re-open, please write a new review!