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March 30, 2005 at 12:54 PM in Local | Permalink


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I totally agree. They treat audience members badly with high drink prices and strong-arm tactics. Last time I was there, Spider John Koerner told a story of being escorted out of the place, and barely being able to get his guitar back. And other friends have reported similar experiences. Chuck, were you banned?

Bands that play there must agree to be treated like dirt, and paid that way too. They give only 2 free beers to each band (domestic only), with, I swear, FINE-PRINT on the drink tickets. I once got fed up, and started bringing my own 12packs into the bar for me and my friends. The waitstaff raised eyebrows at where all the off-brand beer was coming from, and we were asked never to come back. Now I only go if absolutely necessary (Cornershop and Mike Gunther, that’s it).

Once I found one of their crappy drink tickets lying on a table, and wrote on the back, "This drink ticket good for a free kick in the ass of the management, or $2 off a punch in the face.” It's never a fine time at the Fine Line.

Posted by: Dave Meier at Mar 30, 2005 1:55:56 PM

Man, I'm glad you shared those stories.
Fuck the Fine Line.

C'mon everybody -- pile on!

At the end of my fiasco, a higher-up Fine Line manager lady was talking to the Soundtrack of Our Lives tour manager when someone was about to give the band their envelope of money. The Fine Line lady snapped "Don't give that to them yet, I wanna see if they broke anything." It was the was she said it - like she was contemptuous of the bands that played there, it seemed evil and corporate and icky. And super bitchy.

Posted by: Chuck at Mar 31, 2005 4:17:37 PM

So to review - drinks are overpriced and shitty; staff are mostly assholes; they attract assholes who seem to thrive in this environemnt (testosterone jocks and trashy drunk suburbanites); they screw bands, and THEY HATE FREEDOM.

Is that everything?

Posted by: Chuck at Mar 31, 2005 4:20:54 PM

Good lord, I knew there was a reason I've avoided that place. I haven't seen a show there since Combustible Edison, in '95 or '96. So now I'm scared. Next weekend I'm going to see The Decemberists there. Why oh why does it have to be at the Fine Line? Last time they played in town it was at the 400 Bar...which isn't my favorite place either, but it's better than the damned Fine Line. Sigh.

Posted by: Sharyn at Apr 2, 2005 9:08:28 AM