Well, I still catch s*** when I reminsce about Tacoland, but no matter.
Something about it's longevity, location, personalities (especially the dear door-man in the trenchcoat offering his gin with a smile off of his water bottle (bless ya!) and, totally harmless) I love the place...many reasons. That would include memories of David Hamm of Azrael hanging from the rafters in 1992, with a voice and vibrance that will never be replaced.
...and onto the defunk "Cafe Solei" which was located on Broadway in Alamo Heights.
At least half of the bands listed on Rowan's list played there...
I lived nearby, and the place had it all.
Comfy booths with free internet (with most of the pc's off-line, o well), free pool, awesome food on the 'other side'. Combine a beautiful fireplace/hearth placed directly in front of the stage, the decor...
Full Tilt, DragonFly, Beverly Houston, Desmondea (sp) aka Violet Trip, maybe some of you remember the place. Kinda (very) yuppie-ish, but nonetheless lovely.
Whether my friend and I sat on the fireplace hearth slamming...something, occasionally dancing (what a mess), Cafe Solei was a gorgeous place.
The outdoor gardens, the tiki posts...the fountains.
RIP for the late owner...anyone recall anything special about a place they performed?