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. Every other Tuesday marks The Hot Plate at The Lost Leaf.
|The Lost Leaf bar and its 134 beers.|The Hot Plate
doesn't heat up your Tuesday night too quickly. Instead it brings the evening to a slow boil with DJ Smite
's all vinyl relaxed reggae rhythms and The Lost Leaf
's bevy of brewski bargains.
Check out the most recent edition here and our impressions after the jump...
|DJ Smite at The Hot Plate. |
914 N. 5th St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
The Time: 10 p.m., every second Tuesday.
The Cover: Zero.
The Parking: Street.
|A $3 can of Prescott Amber Ale.|
The Bar: The converted one-room house is a dimly lit downtown favorite for the hip with 134 different beers, four of which are spotlighted during The Hot Plate. Beer specials:
$5 Blanche de Chambly, $4 60-Minute IPA, $3 Kronenbourg 1664 and a $3 Prescott Amber Ale.
The Music: The Hot Plate offers up a full helping of all vinyl reggae and dub. DJ Smite and a series of local DJs manned the ones and twos and provided a consistently gentle groove. They were accompanied by Tony Culture's traditional dancehall singing and live percussion.
|Ernesto Yerena and Philip Lumbang's "Bear of the Dead."|
The Art: The bar's heavily bricked walls are one of the premier galleries in Downtown Phoenix. Ernesto Yerena and Philip Lumbang's "Dead Relatives", a show consisting of a series of Dia De Los Muertos animal cartoons, is currently on display.
The Style: A young and casual crowd.
The People: The first hour was pretty bleak and barren. The bar eventually filled up with a mix of mostly downtown hipsters, bike buffs and reggae bros.
|Hot Plate people. |
What we loved: The diverse collection of brews, on special and just in general. The citrusy $3 Prescott Amber Ale was our personal favorite. We also loved the mash-up of hipster and reggae culture.
What we didn't love: The Lost Leaf may have some form of live music every night, but its music space/stage/dance floor is a little cramped and in the corner for us.
Are we going back? Yeah, but not every time.