I had a chance to check out BackBooth when Lovedrug bright their Wild Blood tour to Orlando recently.
The small club formerly in the UCF area is now located downtown on Pine Street just off of Orange. The venue accommodates around 350 people and is a truly intimate place to see a show. Despite the relative small size, they still get a good mix of national and local acts.
There are a few stools around the place, but it is generally a standing room kind of place, yet site lines are pretty good throughout. There’s a riser towards the back of the room, and a small balcony, both offering nice views of the stage.
It’s a tight room and the sound mix is a bit of a challenge. Surprisingly, the sound was pretty good for the room configuration. Not the best sound system you will find in the city, but more than adequate for this club. Overall, it is a great cozy place to see a show. You’re never more than fifty feet from the stage, there’s always a clear view and the sound mix is decent. Definitely a good place to catch a show and a cool crowd to spend a few hours with.
Offering about 20 diverse beers on tap, they have a fantastic draft beer selection. It’s fairly priced, and they also offered cheap deals with PBR oil cans.
The one down side – short set lists. They seemed to be in a rush to get the bands off the stage to start a late night dance party. I’d rather see fewer bands play longer sets if they need to clear the crowd out early in the night.
- The staff was friendly both at the door and behind the bar, and they graciously let us sample some of the more unusual brews.
- Ticket prices are reasonable.
- For the show, the room was non-smoking, but pretty sure that ban is lifted when bands are not performing.
- Parking available and plentiful at local garages ($5 to $10)
Bottom line: Worth a visit, and definitely check out the beer selection!