The Haps: Those wailin’ 88s

| Scene Events Columnist

It’s amazing what you can find across the street from a Shop ’n Save. Located across from the grocery store, on the corner of Manchester Road and Sutton Boulevard, is the piano bar called The Jive & Wail. It’s one of those places you would walk right by if the music didn’t reach out the door and grab you off the sidewalk. And once you get inside, the dueling pianos will keep a hold of you and show you a good time.

The Jive & Wail is open Thursday through Saturday from 6 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. There’s a cover Fridays and Saturdays and later in the night on Thursdays. And, while it’s not your typical club experience, it’s definitely worth the five bucks. The bar is sparsely decorated with a dimly lit, basement pub feel, but there’s an energy from the performers that pulses into all of its dark corners. Although their voices are less than perfect, their playing is fun and boisterous, like a good belly laugh.

Unlike at The Big Bang, the party at The Jive & Wail starts earlier: Even at 8 p.m., it has a crowd of decent size. And, if you’re looking for a laid-back evening that gets you out of the house but won’t leave you hungover in the morning, The Jive & Wail is the perfect place to go.

“It’d be a great place for a girls’ night out,” senior Veronica Harwin said.

Well, lucky for us gals, ladies’ night is every Thursday, with half-price martinis all night. They also have food available until 10 p.m. on Thursdays and 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, plus a limited menu until close. And if nothing on the menu tempts your taste buds, there’s a White Castle within stumbling distance.

As far as the type of the music goes, it varies depending on the night’s performers. But, in general, the songs are all recognizable and toe-tapping good.

So if you’re looking for a new and relaxed place to hang out, check out The Jive & Wail Dueling Pianos. It’s a great place to go with your friends to soak up some tunes.

Other Happenings:

Super-8 Movie Madness
Tuesday, April 6, Way Out Club, 2525 S. Jefferson Ave., 8 p.m.
The best disaster films cut down to their best 15 minutes.
Admission: $3.

Kirkwood Farmers’ Market
Monday through Saturday, 150 E. Argonne Drive. opens at 9 a.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. on Saturdays.
With such nice weather comes the farmers’ market. Produce, meat and cheese are all available.

Duffy’s Trivia Night

Wednesdays at Mike Duffy’s, 6662 Clayton Rd.
Great drinks and hard trivia. Not for the weak of heart.