Blue Monkey to end Saturday night karaoke

Right as I was leaving for lunch today, I got a text from a friend of mine. This particular friend is the Foursquare “mayor” of the Downtown Blue Monkey, and he probably spends as much time there as I do at the Flying Saucer. He was having lunch, talking to one of the owners, and he shared some interesting news with me.

The people at the Monkey have decided that their Saturday karaoke night, which has been going for about the past year, has run its course. For now they’re just going to focus on being a great little neighborhood bar with good food, good service and good regulars. Eventually their plan is to have live music on Saturdays.

I think this is an EXCELLENT move by the Monkey. Although some people like karaoke, it doesn’t appeal to everyone, and former regulars who gave up Saturday nights there may well come back. And what a great space to have live music! Kudos, kudos, kudos on a top-drawer idea. Best decision any Downtown Memphis bar has made since the Saucer went nonsmoking.

I just realized, it’s been nearly six months since I last stopped in. Maybe this Saturday I need to go in and hang out at Leigh-Ann’s bar, chat with my buddies Clay and Robo, and take a pic of their hot wing egg rolls or their Cuban sandwich for my “Paul’s Food Find” blog feature.

Their decision is music to my ears! Great job!