Where else in Hampton Roads can you find lemonade and Jim Beam Devil’s Cut Bourbon served in a sugar rimmed mason jar?
I have been struggling with the ballot for Virginia Living Best of Virginia 2013 Readers’ Survey.
Bartender Kay Estes on St. Patty’s Day.
Do I throw Mojo Bones in as a favorite restaurant, bar, or music venue? The food is always so good, but usually it is the nightlife that gets me over to 1st View St in Ocean View.
Mojo Bones’ menu smashes the concept of just another BBQ joint, so it is even a struggle to decide which restaurant category it fits. They definitely serve up a variety of meats, which are seasoned, smoked, rubbed, sauced, and grilled to perfection.
But it is their burgers that are to die for. The sides are all tasty, bringing in a taste of home with southern collards, devilled eggs, and sweet applesauce. I love finding the outliers like fried pickles or a piping hot bowl of really good macaroni and cheese.
The bar is impressive. Nothing bothers me quite as much as heading to see my favorite band, and having to settle for a less than stellar beer line-up. When I first went in and saw local craft beer and other microbreweries on the pins, I knew I was going to be at home here. Where else in Hampton Roads can you find lemonade and Jim Beam Devil’s Cut Bourbon served in a sugar rimmed mason jar?
DJ Canrock at Mojo Bones.
On top of all that, the variety of music booked at Mojo Bones is definitely what keeps pulling me back. Venues like Mojo Bones work hard to pull in the best area talent and attract touring acts.
In Ocean View, they bring country to masses on Wednesday nights, thanks to a partnership with US 106.1 New Country. Every Thursday David Welsh hosts an Open Mic Night. Friday is Blues Night. On Saturdays the Rockabilly Riot is hosted by local radio station 96X. And you can always check the webpage for upcoming events at both locations.
The personal touch of events, such as the one coming up on January 20th sponsored by the Natchel’ Blues Network is another great thing offered at Mojo Bones. The event is pulling together all of the bands representing Hampton Roads this year in Memphis at the 29th International Blues Challenge. For a $10 donation, you get over five hours of music and a chance to give our local acts a great send off.
All of the conventions I push so hard for–local music, local beer, great food prepared with care and style–are tied together in a package at Mojo Bones that just works. I am not sure whether to call it a Barbeque Restaurant, a Music Venue, a Place to Dance, a Place for a Sandwich, a Burger Joint, or simply Best Overall Bar. The survey does have lots of different categories, and some places just fit into more than one. Mojo Bones is one of those places.
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