Heading down the stairs reveals a garden patio where smokers smoke and people can talk whilst bands play. My first drink was an unimpressive overly tonic-filled gin and tonic. Marilyn’s attracts a diverse crowd, in terms of age groups, scenes, etc. At first it seemed like most people were late 30s and 40s. As the night went on though the youth trickled in for the headlining band. Marilyn’s has plenty of space and seating, one pool table, a stage with decent lightning, and a dance floor. The place is well-lit yet dark, providing nooks of shadows here and there, and the bar is drenched in red light. Overall the venue is quite inviting.
Garden/Patio Entrance Below Street Level
My next drink was supposedly noteworthy. I asked the bartender to make me something special, something that they would like to make and found special to Marilyn’s. What I got was a grape crush, I regret asking. The grape crush was even on their cocktail menu. A menu that isn’t anything outstanding. Good thing they have the live music.
Now, the Marilyn’s logo has a martini in place of the “y”. However they didn’t offer martinis on their drinks menu and I was skeptical of ordering one after my last two drinks. As I looked around no one was drinking martinis. Perhaps the logo once meant something but through the decades has evolved into a misnomer.
Downtown / Street Level
The main event for the night was a Weezer cover band. The band made the cover charge and the lack of quality drinks more than worth the trip. The first two bands did nothing for the crowd and the people remained a good ten feet from the stage. Once In The Garage came on, the dance floor filled up with movement, and a mass karaoke event took place. My experience solidifies Marilyn’s importance to downtown as a music venue. I am certain that the first thing that comes to mind whenever anyone talks about Marilyn’s on K is live music. I don’t see myself going back anytime soon unless a band I’m interested in is playing.
Marilyn's On K Stret - "Gentrification through cover charge"
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