on September 10, 2006
We went to the 8 Seconds Saloon to see Trent Willmon in concert. This bar was great! It was huge, with a huge dance floor right in the middle, and lots of space around it. There is a railing all around the dance floor, making it easy to watch the dancers, or the concert that is playing. In fact, some people dance during the concert. This is a real country bar, so we're talking real line dancing and two-stepping. A lot of beginners circled the floor, obviously fresh from the free dance lessons that the bar offers. There are some great dancers who really shine, too. Some of the cowboys we saw knew every single dance, and had a great time doing them. My girlfriend did not want to step foot on the dance floor, even when the dance was just the electric slide, so unfortunately, I did not experience first-hand what it is like. However, she promised that she would go out there next time! There were also a bunch of tv's, including big-screens, making this a great place to watch sporting events. This bar had a lot of other stuff going on, too: several nice pool tables, dart boards, and some video games. There was a small kitchen where you can order pizza, sloppy joes, etc. And the drink prices were reasonable (except there are no drink specials on the nights of concerts). As a concert venue, it was the best bar I've ever been to. There were tables right up to the stage, so you could sit in your seat if you wanted to. And there was plenty of standing-room-only space in back, which still offered a great view of the stage. The patrons seemed to be mostly regulars and were very polite: there was no pushing or aggressiveness trying to get closer to the stage. In fact, I was able to scoot my way right up to the stage for a close-up photo and heard no complaints. The bar had a great, friendly atmosphere. The guys weren't overly aggressive, hitting on all the girls. The girls dressed more appropriately and acted a bit classier than you might see at other bars. There were some older folks there too, enjoying themselves just as much as the younger crowd. Another perk about this bar was that it wasn't too smokey. Smoking was allowed, but there wasn't a big cloud of smoke in your face. Now, maybe they had a good ventilation system or maybe it was just that the place was so big, the smoke could waft upward and away; but either way, I liked the clean air.All in all, I really liked the bar. If I lived in Indianapolis, I would definitely frequent the bar every week. As it is, I'm driving down there for another concert next month. Check it out, especially if you like country music; you won't be disappointed.
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