As a longtime jazz fan, I made it to Andy's last week on one steamy early evening. However, I was initlaly put off, because when I stepped into the club, I was at the bottom of three steps, and the door girl at the top immediately began asking me for the cover charge, before the door even shut behind me. I expect that behavior to be more typical of a shot and a beer rock club than a jazz establishment. Though I had expected a cover, I was hot and sweaty, and while digging my money out, attempted to lighten her unexplicably terse mood, but to no avail.
I sat at the bar across from the hostess stand. The atmosphere appears funky and casual, and I felt comfortable, although smoking is allowed. My bartender was nice, and my drink came quickly. The quartet was quite good and played a long set. Although I didn't eat, the dining area had a lovely ambience, with candles glowing in blue glass containers upon white tablecloths.
My only other issue was that while the club obviously does not adhere to the same decorum as the Jazz Showcase, another great Chicago club, where talking during sets is frowned upon, the floor manager and a female bartender planted themselves right in my eyeline at the end of the bar between myself and the stage, and proceeded to casually flirt and shoot the breeze for 10-15 minutes. Since I was the only one on that side of the bar, and the place was not crowded at all, it was quite obvious that I was trying to watch the group, but that fact didn't seem to register with them. I almost picked up and left, but then they finally moved, and the rest of my time (another drink and a set) was well spent.
I would recommed Andy's and go again, but the owners need a bit of a staff shakedown, in my opinion.
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