Hans Olson Nights at Pranksters Too

Categories: Night Owl
Looking for something to do this weekend? "Night Owl" is a quick guide to special nights at bars and clubs around town. We'll give you a few hints re: cover, dress code, music and atmosphere. Thursdays mark Hans Olson Nights at Pranksters Too.
 
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Ryan Wolf

The Old West comes back to life every week at Pranksters Too. On Thursdays, the Scottsdale saloon fills with the bluesy sounds of Hans Olson, the clatter and chatter of poker tables, and the continuous calls for Sailor Jerry Rum.

Check out a full slideshow here and our impressions after the jump...


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Ryan Wolf
Hans Olson performs every Thursday at Pranksters Too.
The Place: 7919 E. Thomas Rd., Scottsdale, AZ, 85251

The Time: Every Thursday, 9 p.m. - 12 a.m.

The Cover: None. 

The Parking: Lot. 

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Hans Olson at The Jester Room.
The Bar: Hans Olson plays in Pranksters Too's The Jester Room, a mellow second bar and music venue. Both sides of the bar offer $3 Jolly Rancher shots, $3.25 New Castles and $4.25 Sailor Jerry Rum cocktails on Thursdays. Pranksters also has a $5.65 special on chipotle burgers.

The Music: Olson plays blues and country-western covers, originals and requests. On this particular evening a Neil Young song was requested. Olson couldn't quite remember how to play any Young though. Instead of simply saying No, he took a second, scratched his head and played a single verse of "Helpless." He Followed this up with a smile and dryly said, "And that will conclude the Neil Young portion of my performance."

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The poker tables at The Jester Room.
The People: A hardened group of local barflies, rum drinkers and poker fanatics finishes off the Old West saloon feel of The Jester Room.  

The Style: There were a few 10-gallon hats present, but the majority of people were dressed in tees and blue jeans. 

What we loved: The chance to observe a little piece of local history. Hans Olson, who has released 13 albums and whose music has appeared in multiple television shows, has been part of the Arizona music scene since the late 60s.

What we didn't love: The performance and poker tables didn't make ideal partners. At times, the presence of both made it difficult to focus on just one of them. 

Would we go back? Most likely, but only with our favorite pair of boots and a couple of requests ready. 

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