Perhaps this place is fine just as a bar, but from the perspective of a concert venue I have to stay it's pretty awful. I attended the Bosstones concert this past Saturday. While it would have been lovely to be able to arrive at the venue extra early to ensure a good spot, such is life and my friend and I simply were not able to get there until show time.
Let's just say that I probably could have just sat in my livingroom and listened to them on my computer for free...sure it was great to finally get to HEAR them live, but I never even got to catch a glimpse of them. I didn't get to SEE this band that I paid to see. At all. I think it's atrocious and greedy how badly Altar Bar oversells their shows. When the crowd is backed up to the front door downstairs (and literally behind the staircase), and the upstairs balcony is 5 rows of people deep from the railing, I'm thinking there's a problem here.
We all paid the same amount to see this show. It's not my fault that I couldn't get there hours early. Regardless, no matter how you slice it, there were going to be TONS of people at that show who simply did not even get to see the band just because of how ridiculously crowded the place was. This was probably my only chance to see this band ever, but I didn't even get to see them. Altar Bar seriously needs to reconsider the quantity of tickets that it equates to being "sold out."