The Bethlehem Steel Stack Musikfest Cafe is an example of how everything can be done to perfection. The cafe itself is just one small portion of the complex, which offers a casino, moviehouse, outdoor concert area under the stars, and more. There is free parking, but arrive early; it fills up fast. The traffic is really congested also. Tickets were $42, not including dinner. Purchase of a minimum of $10 worth of food is mandatory. It is well worth the price, believe me.
The cafe itself is located on the 3rd floor of the building. It features 2 bars: one at either end of the hall, and tables for dining and listening. The tables have plenty of room between them, and you don't get the feeling you are crammed in. There is plenty of room to move around. The stage is visible from any locatrion in the hall, and there is also a balcony. The sound system is excellent. This place attracts really good acts because performers love it there. My son and I ate dinner while watching a terrific musical act: the legendary John Mayall and his band. The backdrop to the concert was an impressive view of the Bethlehem Steel stacks, lit up at night, and visible through a large glass wall.
I ordered salt-crusted Tilapia with a ginger/chick pea sauce, which was excellent. My son enjoyed his burger and fries. There are lots of light munchies on the menu, for those who aren't quite as hungry. Our waitress really took great care of us without being intrusive. We left her a gererous tip.
After the show, Mr. Mayall signed autographs at a table by the front door, and posed for a picture with my son! What a great evening! I can't wait to go back.
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