8200 Willow St, New Orleans, LA | Directions 7011829.949502 -90.129167
Neighborhoods: Uptown - Carrollton, Leonidas
Just to let everyone know a little secret, Jimmy's is coming back hopefully opening in October 2012. It will be the old Jimmy's and Jimmy himself will be there. Re-Live the original Jimmy's from the past.
A Review From the Old Times – I am sad to read the recent reviews of Jimmys. Back in the day, when I was still in the area, this was my favorite club to see any band or musician.
My two greatest musical memories come from Jimmys. The first was the Fleshtones back in either 86 or 87. Back then the drinking age was 18 and almost nobody bothered paying attention. I was seventeen and probably looked fifteen at the oldest. The crowd was what any performer would want. The whole bar was dancing from beginning to end, and the energy from the crowd definitely transfered to the band.
I saw the Fleshtones again sometime later in the Chimes in Baton Rouge and the exact opposite was happening. The crowd would clap, but no one danced. The Fleshtones felt completely isolated from the crowd and you could tell by their performance.
I then saw Buddy Guy play at Jimmy's in 1990 or 91. What a performance. The crowd was so into it. We sang with him and we danced our asses off. Not just some of the people in the front, but the whole damn bar. Buddy loved it and you could tell by his performance.
Flashforward a few more years in the future. Buddy Guy played at Pete Marivich Center in Baton Rouge. The concert was hyped because Eric Clapton named Buddy as the greatest living guitar player and this was Buddy's homecoming to Baton Rouge. The crowd would not dance. Anyone that has seen Buddy Guy realizes that Buddy Guy does not connect with a crowd unless they dance. That is how he knows that they like what he is playing. Otherwise, he will just switch the style that he is playing until he finds what they do like. Baton Rouge crowds were not like that. They just didn't dance.
The reason for bringing up these two performances is one thing. As far as bands went, Jimmy's was the most supportive bar in all of Louisiana. If I had a band, then that is the place that I would want to play. I have seen quite a few other bands play at Jimmy's, and the crowd support was always the same. I am sad to hear that that has changed.
No Longer Jimmy's – Jimmy's closed down, and this establishment is now The Frat House Uptown.
The bar has been completely restaffed and renovated and now includes a patio. Come check it out, you won't be disappointed!
nightmare – When I entered the bar, the night was young and I couldn't wait to have a good time at Jimmy's, which happened to be the bar that one of my friends rented out for a party. There weren't that many people there, so I figured the bartenders would be more relaxed than the last visit I had there. Even though my experience the previous time was "subpar," to say the least, I decided to give it another shot. When we entered the bar we were givin "tickets" for drinks in order to keep an exact amount on the tab. Each person was given 6 tickets, all printed on one sheet. I immediately tore off one ticket from my sheet, approached the bar, and ordered my drink. The bartender made my request as she swipped my ticket from my hand. She then asked me to give her another ticket, when I corrected her that the ticket in her hand was clearly my ticekt; I had just put it in her hand. She then exclaimed "whatever you're LYING!" and preceeded to throw all of the other collected tickets from behind the bar in my face. Obvioulsy appauled, I decided to leave the bar for the final time. This just happens to be a random encounter I had with the extremely rude and obnoxious bartenders. As far as atmosphere, the music is always BLASTING you away, very few people acually dance, and those who do are probably not old enough to drive. Although I completely detest this bar, the bouncers at the door should not be held responsible for the chiaos that goes on inside.
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Sock hop With alcohol!!! – i felt like i wa 12 again at a sockhop only there was alcohol.
This former Uptown music mainstay still gets its groove on occasionally. – The Scene
The layout is simple--bar, floor, stage. And it's intimate: The sight lines are decent even when it gets crowded, which doesn't take long. On the right night, there's an energy about the place that makes it unique.
An Uptown landmark for more than 20 years, the modern-day Jimmy's is only a shadow of its former self. The club was once a thriving outpost for local and touring rock acts, and an essential part of a bustling Uptown music scene, with college students wandering freely between Jimmy's, Carrollton Station, the Maple Leaf and the now-defunct Muddy Water's. These days, Jimmy's is silent more often than not, featuring at most a handful of musical acts a month. The rest of the time, it serves as a sort of sports bar/neighborhood hangout for the college set.
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