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“One of the best bars in town...for live jazz too!”

Chatterbox Jazz Club
Sonoma, California
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“One of the best bars in town...for live jazz too!”
Reviewed 25 June 2007

One of the oldest bars in town. Back in the day the Rolling Stones jammed out here - they've signed the fridge that you can see under the TV In the bar.

The Chatterbox is a real jazz lovers haven. A tiny bar located in the hip Mass Ave. district of downtown Indianapolis. A small stage towards the front of the bar caters to local jazz legends and acts that play all forms - from smooth to fusion to bebop. Sometimes there is a cover, usually on the weekends, and during the week they pass around a tip bucket through the crowd.

A nice little wine by the glass list, strong poured whiskey drinks, and frequent Newcastle by the pint specials make this a popular place for artists, musicians and hipsters, as well as more mature and open minded jazz lovers. When there is no live music, which is rare, a jukebox serving up classics from Sinatra to Elvis sits in the corner for your perusal.

The bathrooms are notorious for being the most graffiti-drenched in town. Everything from Dylan and Tom Waits quotes to "happy birthdays" and weird drawings, the bathroom is part of the experience! The walls, the bar, the floor - everything gets drawn and written on - no big deal.

I like to sit outside, it's not as smokey, and gives a great view of the area around. Lots of foot traffic and a unique crowd provides a good people watching spot, and the wait-staff is friendly and has great memories. You can also hear the music outside without straining.

They have heaters also outside, for chillier nights!

They have a small food menu with pretzels (worst cheese ever however), Jamaican patties, and Tombstone pizza's for late night cravings.

The inside bar is not a good place for those allergic too or disliking of smoke! However outside is great!

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