Something about the dark corners, ambient lighting, and rotating pool tables make JB’s an instant comfort charmer when you walk in, and that’s without even heading to the second floor where the music is. There are shows upstairs almost every night, hosting a range of local and touring musicians, as well as experimental performance artists. The intimate space also lends itself to great views: park by one of the upstairs bars, grab a spot on the standing room floor, or take a seat from the balcony and enjoy the high production value, both acoustically and aesthetically, that JB’s packs into such a relatively small venue.
Over the last couple years, Boot & Saddle has risen as a go-to stop for smaller indie acts on tour, and the unpretentious, divey venue accommodates in a homey space that still has some breathing room. The booking is in the same vein as Union Transfer, with an emphasis on indie rock bands. During showtime, you can also expect some solid drink specials, like $3 cocktails and half-priced drafts.