My trip home this weekend for a wedding gave me the opportunity to check out the newest Jazz club to arrive in Harrisburg, 405 Jazz on Walnut (yes, I’m tempted to offer Web site services).
I was a bit skeptical at first, given that this joint’s run by the same crew behind Sophia’s Seafood (whose service was extremely slow and food subpar on my only visit–the sauce was broken on my entree). However, the vibe of this place was great, the bartender’s martinis were dead-on, and the location was bravely off Harrisburg’s main route of nightlife.
The acoustics aren’t for purists, and that’s fine, since it makes for a nice casual lounge, but my one complaint is that is that the “stage” is too cramped for a bigger act (say, one with a drum set) to perform, and there’s no curtain or subtle entrance; you’re liable to take the attention from the performers if you walk in at the wrong time.
All-in-all, though, at least it’s a nice addition to help diversify the town’s offerings.