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St. James Place Tavern

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By: Dtyst1 - Nov 01 2011 @ 06:27 PM

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The St. James Place is a bar I've wanted to get to for a while now. Located two or three blocks off of the bustle of East Carson, the St. James is a bar you want to find yourself at if you're in the south side but want to avoid the Friday night "Jersey Shore" watching crowd.

The bar is essentially broken up into two rooms, one that houses the bar and another room that holds the pool table, dart board and some open space that doubles as a stage if a band is performing.

While not jammed, the place certainly wasn't slow; yet I never had to wait for a drink, even with only one bartender (that I noticed, at least) on duty. If she was in the middle of a conversation with another patron (most certainly one of the many apparent regulars there) she'd finish her thought and come over and grab what I needed. This in contrast the places where the bartender will have a five minute conversation with someone whilst oblivious to the small mass of people waiting for another round with ever diminishing tips in hand.

The bar had a small selection of drafts, none of which were local or regional brews. From my best recollection, they were all something lites and Blue Moon. However, in their coolers, they had a better selection of bottles. There was nothing exotic, but definitely enough there to ensure everyone could find something they enjoy. For comparison, the bottles of Woodchuck I had were $3.75. I noticed they also had a small food menu containing the staple of tavern foods; however, I wasn't there to eat, and couldn't tell you about the quality or flavor.

In all, I found the place to be fairly clean and well maintained. They had a guy or two walking around to grab the empty bottles that were left abandoned on tables or rails. The air was void of any funky smells, and walls and floors seemed to be regularly washed.

A big plus goes to jukebox volume. This place didn't have the speakers cranked up to 11. It isn't a nightclub and the volume reflected that. I could rock out to a song if need be, while still having a conversation with the person next to me.

The main letdown was the bathroom. Mainly, the toilet was broken, and from the look of the garbage bag covering it, had been for some time. If my needs were more than a urinal could handle, I'm not sure what I'd end up doing. Simply put, having a bar and not having a working toilet for half the patrons, even for one night, is not acceptable.

While a broken toilet will lower my rating, it won;t stop me from taking a return trip to the St. James Place. No toilet next time though, and who knows...

 

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By: Hammer - Nov 03 2011 @ 04:25 PM

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I think that this is an entirely fair review, so I wanted to think you for taking the time to write it. As a semi-regular of SJP I think you hit on all of the important parts of the place and even some thing I personally wish they would take care of.

Men are pigs, they destroy things, so I understand when I see a restoom that has been abused and let go, but every bar has to deal with this and fixing up your mens room is just part of the long list of negatives in owning a bar. Still - it needs done. Next time I am down there I'll talk with the owner about your review and how you really enjoyed the place and the service, but that you really think the bathroom needs some help.

The other thing you hit on was the beer selection. It used to be pretty wide and varied, and while they do still keep up on seasonals and will always try out new products, it is not as big as it used to be. Maybe this is a result of the crowd and they lost a lot of out-of-date imports and micros, but I do miss it. However good call - even the biggest beer snob will find something to drink. They even managed to score a few bottles of the rare Pump King a few weeks back. (Of course they were gone before my friends left...)


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By: Irish1010 - Nov 04 2011 @ 04:54 AM

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dtyst1 wrote:

The St. James Place is a bar I've wanted to get to for a while now. Located two or three blocks off of the bustle of East Carson, the St. James is a bar you want to find yourself at if you're in the south side but want to avoid the Friday night "Jersey Shore" watching crowd.

The bar is essentially broken up into two rooms, one that houses the bar and another room that holds the pool table, dart board and some open space that doubles as a stage if a band is performing.

While not jammed, the place certainly wasn't slow; yet I never had to wait for a drink, even with only one bartender (that I noticed, at least) on duty. If she was in the middle of a conversation with another patron (most certainly one of the many apparent regulars there) she'd finish her thought and come ...
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It's actually a cause for a health department closing so hopefully they read this and fix it. I miss jack's off carson. Total different bar now.

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By: Hammer - Nov 04 2011 @ 09:10 AM

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It's actually a cause for a health department closing so hopefully they read this and fix it. I miss jack's off carson. Total different bar now.

As someone who spent time at Jacks on 18th for a few years before it became Bar Southside, then SJP, I can tell you that I'd rather have the number of customers that SJP has versus the number of customers that Jacks on 18th had.

My first time in the building was when I was at a party in the slopes and a friend wanted to go play pool. It was one of the only bars in the South Side with tables. Following that it was a random-stop for a few years, and then the last two years of it being Jack's it was a fairly regular weekend stop for myself and a few friends. It was a good warm-up before the other Jacks, Bar 11 or Jekyl.

In all that time I don't think I'd ever seen more than 20 people in the place at any one time.

Bar Southside was a total joke - horrible name, horrible interior changes, horrible service, horrible entertainment most nights of the week, yet tehy had more people than Jack's on 18th did.

When it became SJP the brought back enough of the old feel, cleaned it up a lot, and made some really nice improvements.

It's just that there are still more improvements to make.

 
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