I set out on a Tuesday night, to see what decent places there are to have fun, with some good ambiance, and good drinks. It was a busy night running around town, but I was able to visit three different bars. The Firehouse, The Syndicate Lounge, and Le Carouse Rouge. After it all I came away with a pretty good idea of the best play of the three to visit on a Tuesday night, for all the odd balls out there with strange schedules.
AHHH the Firehouse, I’ve heard so much about it. I was expecting a little more fire power, but alas I was disappointed. It’s obvious that the Firehouse doesn’t live up to the hype ( I digress it was on a Tuesday night). The bartenders were very hot and sexy, wearing the sexy pants/overalls combo. Very attentive, and talkative. They actually took the time to answer my questions about the history (it doesn’t have much aside by being owned by the same gentleman that owns the Corner Pocket). Kudos for the staff, for making me and my friend feel comfortable while giving us some fresh brewskies. The interior looks very nice and new, with some excellent pictures of the old time Bakersfield, but I don’t really understand what that has to do with Firefighters, or the Firehouse, but it was interesting none the less. Many pool tables made it a synch to get a few games of pool in. The tables are in great condition but at a price tag of $18 dollars for about 2 hours, I might have enjoyed some beers instead. Plenty of Screens all around the place to watch the sports, with a small arcade area, and air gun gallery, you could spend lots of time having a great time. The place was about empty, except for a few families, pregnant ladies, and ladies with children in their carriers. While not a bad thing, not really the active nightlife atmosphere I enjoy in a good bar. Overall a fresh new look, with plenty of activities but the place seemed more like a Dave and Busters than the roaring Firehouse I’ve heard so much about.
So we headed to the Syndicate lounge, perhaps we would have more luck downtown. With the nitty gritty experienced bars downtown The place was a graveyard, two other people sat in the darkened bar when we walked in. The bartender was very curtious and we enjoyed a tall boy, and picked his brain about things to do and bars to visit. The bar is well kept and very comfortable. Without much to talk about or to do we promptly downed our drinks and headed out.
So we cam upon Le Carouse Rouge, it had a decent and lively amount of people in it for a Tuesday night. Le carouse Rouge is a 30 year old establishment formerly known as the “Hush Puppy”. The owner was present bartending, she was very nice and talkative and happily answered all my questions. $1 dollar Jell-O shots, pool table, and Karaoke made it the best place to be on a Tuesday. Plenty of people available, and singing, and well priced drinks made for a very fun night. I even had a chance to torment the crowds with my rendition of Friends in Low Places, and Everything. Even a girl or two came and talked to us to boot! On a Tuesday I think it will be challenging to find a more lively place in Bakersfield.
After a night of drinks, singing, and socializing. I learned that the Firehouse boasts the latest and greatest, and the Syndicate lounge has a good location, but Le Carouse Rouge comes out atop due to the great atmosphere, great management, and great people. If you happen to find your self off on a Tuesday night, want to have a nice relaxed evening with a few drinks, head on down to Le Carouse Rouge, It shant disappoint.
Jose O. Cardenas