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Elbow Room, 2020 Devine Street: 25 May 2010   10 comments

Posted at 10:21 pm in Uncategorized

Well, moving a bit further into Five Points than yesterday, today's posting is "ripped from the headlines", which is to say I was reading The Free Times at lunch today and ran across a breaking story by Patrick Wall to the effect that Elbow Room was closed as of Tuesday night. He has an update on his blog that the new operation in that building will honor the existing Elbow Room bookings, which is nice if a bit odd seeming.

I've written about this building before when it was Dodd's / Von Henman's / Monterrey Jack's / Agave / Nacho Mamma's / 5 Points Pub. To be honest, I wasn't really aware that 5 Points Pub was gone and Elbow Room had moved in. In fact I'm not sure what the last show I saw in a nightclub was. Perhaps The Swimming Pool Qs at Doc's Gumbo Grille if you want to call that a nightclub. Anyway, I wish the new operation luck -- it's starting to look like anything going into that storefront is going to need it.

Written by ted on May 26th, 2010

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  1. This place had the "10 Signs of Closing" opening day. No decor what so ever. Big empty room with a bar made out of left over lumber. A stage on the back wall, at an angle away from direct viewing made out of left over lumber. No live bands to speak of; anold Elbow Room mainstay. Its like they rent a warehouse to sell alcohol and they hoped booze sales would be enough to decorate and add music down the road.

    In Utah, they are actually allowed to say "nope, we dont need any new bars" or "nope, you dont meet the criteria to open a bar" and they deny the liquor license." I am not saying we need to turn Mormon; but why not use some descretionin issuing business licenses and liquor licenses?


    26 May 10 at 11:12 pm

  2. Hell no we don't need a board full of Bible thumpers deciding what gets a license. The market worked, there was no demand for what they were supplying.


    27 May 10 at 5:19 am

  3. I never quite figured out why the new owners gutted the interior of the old Monterrey Jacks. It was a nice bar at the time as was the 5 Points pub that took over operations some time later. The ceiling apparently caved in back in 2005 or so and forced the closing of the business. When it reopened several years ago, business name unremembered, it was a ghastly looking place inside with the interiors of two businesses gutted. I don't know how the owners got a business license to operate the place.


    27 May 10 at 1:53 pm

  4. For the record. The Elbow Room over the past year has been extremely successful and one of the busiest businesses in 5 points. It was voted best new bar by the freetimes readers. Anyone who ever went there or performed there is likely to tell you that it was one of the more exciting places to be in 5 points and that it was consistently at full capacity most nights of the week. It was a dump like many of the bars in the area and every music club in town, but all that aside it was very successful and well loved. To respond to some other comments, the place was gutted and joined because the roof caved in. The bar top is made of stone, not left over lumber like the other moron said and the venue had live music 7 days a week. There wasnt much decor but at least there were no neon signs. After all, its a bar in 5 points for rock and roll and college students, not an art gallery or a museum. You guys should do some research before you write something. With so many purveyors of mis-information, its no wonder there is so much confusion. Businesses close, sell, or change hands for a variety of reasons. The assumption that something failed because it no longer exists is simply poor reasoning. Long story short, I may be moving the Elbow Room to a new location and opening in July. Yes, its likely to be a dump like most rock clubs, but if you want something better, you have the option of opening your own business and making it immaculate or just giving me your money.


    29 May 10 at 1:09 am

  5. Jimmy settle down -- I liked the place -- Good luck in the new place and please consider booking Dick Dale. - or the Piedmont Boys from Spartanburg.


    31 May 10 at 6:43 am

  6. Any word on what the new venue will be called? I hope the new place continues booking good bands (most of the time) like Elbow Room.


    31 May 10 at 9:15 pm

  7. By the way....I search for Elbow Room on facebook and noticed on a comment that someone made on a wall that it is now called "The House." I remember seing a whole bunch of people posting in their status on facebook that they were going to Elbow Room. I used to see their events posters all over the place. I thought the place was doing pretty well. Every time that I walked by the place, I could hear a live band playing.


    4 Jun 10 at 9:46 pm

  8. What? No mention of the original Elbow Room that was next to Group Therapy on Harden Street. Great place to see a band, drink cheap women, and go home with a beer.


    26 May 11 at 3:02 pm

  9. I remember when Vanilla Ice performed at the Elbow Room

    Paul D

    5 Oct 12 at 12:26 am

  10. Get "Slammin' Betty" if you want the windows blown in an outward direction....


    19 Nov 14 at 3:36 pm

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