banjovee wrote:I'm a devoted near East Sider and former Wonder's fan who wants to see Alchemy do well. The food is good and so are beer choices and prices. My beef?
-Music is too loud at dinner time to talk. I mean at 6:00 p.m. Requests to turn it down result in it getting turned down. A little. A couple Fridays ago my wife and I intended to enjoy their fish fry but hung it up after shouting at each other over our first beer and went down the street for Thai. If we want to yell at each other we can do that at home.
Later in the night? Even as early as 8:00 p.m.? I say turn the tunes way up. But what's wrong with wanting a decent conversation with the decent food?
-More bad experience with sound issues. Eight of us there to see an SEC football game a couple Saturdays ago. 2:30 p.m. There were only six other people in the place and it was like we were asking the bartender for a back massage to bring the game sound up and the music down. It never came up higher than the music. No matter how we asked for it.
I love music by the way!
I ate there for the first time last friday around 8:30p and although the place was loud from being busy with people talking, band loading in, etc. but I did not notice the background music to be overly loud. Not to mention the music they were playing was fairly low-key MMW jazz. And I enjoyed it so much, a group of us went there this past tuesday before the Derek Trucks show at the Majestic. We were there btw. 7:30-8:30p and again I would have to say the music was certainly not loud and getting in the way of conversation. Again it was pretty low - key background music.
I'm wondering if where you sit makes a difference? Both visits I sat at a table near the front door, possibly out of the way of the speakers they have mounted up above on the wall closest to the street.
Regarding turning up the sound for a game the place is not a sports bar and although I noticed they had the Brewers on the big screen on tuesday, the sound was completely off. Just pure speculation, but maybe that is direction from management/ownership to not become a sports bar with TV's blaring sports and have the atmosphere more geared toward music. Most bartenders go with the majority of customers if they care about their tips, but who knows why they would not turn up the game?
My only beef with the place is the stage is so small it prevents my band from playing there.