For years this place has been kicking out the jams for all kinds of music, although indie, folk, pop and a little blues tend to play here most frequently. The Ballroom is a pretty big and well-kept former ethnic hall with a small bar area; the Tavern (which usually puts on smaller shows with separate admission) is your standard rock n' roll bar venue. The food here is quite good and worth checking out. There's also a vintage store (This Way Out) in the basement that's open at night during larger shows. They even do a Sunday brunch with a DJ. Be aware that the surrounding neighborhood is just starting to get its act together, although there is maybe one restaurant and a few hip shops, most notably a record store close to the Beachland that is also open during larger shows as well as regular business hours. It's still a little shady area, so park in a well-lit well-traveled spot, be careful walking around and generally mind your urban p's and q's, but if you're generally streetwise in big cities you won't be put off. Danny Greene's former residence was a couple doors down (look for the big KABOOM). As of Sept. 2013, Waterloo was having the street torn up for new underground mains, so it kinda looks like a bomb site down there till they get it done, but the club is still accessible.
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