Sunday, March 25, 2012
I always liked the Rhythm House in Bridgeville because, depending on what was going on, you could watch a sporting event, order a meal, have reasonably priced drinks, and listen to live music. Most music places tend to really wack you with a ticket or cover charge, or make up for it with crazy prices for drinks. A lot of music venues don't serve food and you usually can't watch a Pen's or Steelers game!
Years ago, Jergels was a great place on Babcock Blvd. in the North Hills. It was kind of a restaurant, sports bar, and music venue that, along with other bands, featured a house band called Father Time. It was a fun, relaxing place, but closed several years ago.
Jergels recently opened a fantastic new location in Warrendale. The difference between this new location and the old one is significant. This new place is built for music with a big stage and a lighting and sound system that is fantastic! There is a balcony, a dance floor, and an outside patio with seating and fire features, large bars both upstairs and downstairs, and a separate cigar bar.
Happy hour goes from 5 to 7 daily with 1/2 price drafts and half price appetizers. The apps menu is good too. On one visit we order PEI Mussels and an order of Ahi Tuna. The mussels were steamed in a white wine sauce with garlic, parsley and tomato's. The tuna was properly rare with an Asian Cucumber Slaw. Both were excellent and quite a bargain at the happy hour price of about five dollars each. Other menu items include fish tacos, meatball sliders, a number of burgers and a complete dinner menu.
When music acts preform, if there is a cover charge, it's not charged until 8:00pm with most acts starting at 9:00. I love this because if you do as we have, and go for a Pen's game at 6 or 7:00, most likely by the time the music starts you have already spent a fair amount of money. If you show up ten minutes before the music starts, you pay the cover. That's reasonable. It doesn't take advantage of loyal customers, and at the same time if you don't want to eat or drink you can get in for a reasonable charge. The happy hour is good enough that they should develop a daily local crowd, and the food is much better than standard bar fare.
Jergels is located just off the Warrendale exit of Interstate 79. While it's not exactly close to downtown, it's a very easy drive. I've heard that there have been some issues with parking, but on each of our visits we didn't have a problem and easily found a spot.
As usual, click on the title above to see their website.