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Thursday, May 10, 2012


JAZZY IDEA—Cabaret ideas aren’t new, but making the concept succeed in Little Italy’s competitive restaurant scene is news. Enter 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite 110, which opened last year as a gathering place for folks to eat, drink and be entertained.
Serving a casual menu of local food, complemented by craft beer/sake, 98 Bottles serves live entertainment up close and personal. Proprietors insist all live events involve real people, no TVs, no sports. “We trust that will lead to thoughtful conversation and maybe some friendships along the way.
You can’t beat the motto: “Get you out of the house and into the moment.” The public part of 98 Bottles is a food/bar offers no cover charge. The Back Room is an intimate venue that charges a cover for the entertainment. To get a table for the fun management suggests arriving early and ordering dinner. Check out for a menu and entertainment events list.
On Sunday, May 13, the Back Room will feature Sketchy Black Dog--7 performers and a string quartet swirl & swell around the sounds of a jazz trio led by 2004 Monk Institute Composers Competition winner, pianist Misha Piatigorsky, & creative LA drummer Chris Wabich. It’s jazz like you’ve never heard it before; innovative evocative, personable, & accessible. Adults only.
It’s a bit difficult to explain the layout, but if on Tues and Thurs 98 Bottles offers an inexpensive lunch 11 am to 2 pm, where you can check out the place and plan ahead for a table to catch Sketchy Black Dog. The jazz and performers are a lot more sophisticated than the name—fun though it may be.
Images courtesy Sketchy Black Dog.

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