Jimmy Mak's (CLOSED)221 NW 10th Ave Portland, OR 97209 Pearl District & near Downtown Portland
(503) 295.6542 - Visit Website
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One of Downbeat Magazine's Top 100 places to hear jazz - we weep for the American art form - Jimmy Mak's recently moved half a block and, with new renovation and expansive windows, has grown even further from the genre's dimly-lit shack roots, but this seems to be what the well-heeled suburbanites supporting jazz demand. It's still passingly intimate, with a Greek menu's far better than one would expect (the calamari alone worth a visit), and, long as they guarantee living legend Mel Brown his weekly sets, the bar deserves all support.
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Saw the fabulous Karen Loveley and band Friday night, Karen and band were over the top great, great food and service, they include tip on the bill which I knew, I added a decent upgrade to the tip and my waitress brought the check back to tell me tip was included, how often would that happen, I own Starky's restaurant here in Portland and we do not add tip, it was great to have a service person make sure that I knew their policy, great server, I think we were at tables 24 25 26 right in front of the stage, Thanks again Jimmy Macks and your great waitress.
It's THE place in town to hear jazz, but not on a Saturday night. Or a Friday. You can't get service (I waited 45 minutes for scallop dinner that I finally cancelled), the sound is inconsistent (overamplified and tin-can-sounding at the tables under the overhang), and the crowd is chatty. I want to LISTEN to the music. Kudos to Jimmy Mak's for presenting jazz every night and providing a home to Dan Balmer and Mel Brown. But go on a weeknight, and don't take a date.
We just happen to walk in there was a cancellation, we took it and had a wonderfule time listening to Devin Phillips, he was great. Atmosphere was great, food was good. It was worth it all around! You should check it out! Make dinner reservations!
Went for the band, stayed. Mel Brown is fine, traditional jazz.
Sneakin' Out is incredibly inventive and technically brilliant.
Very decent food & drinks, too, with friendly waitstaff. Can't understand why the place isn't packed.
Bring back S'Out as soon as you can, please.
The downstairs smoking section is an awsome place to hang. The Mel Brown Trio is wonderful. I am always shocked that it's not packed in there...
Great place to hear live jazz over a drink. Jimmy Maks attracts many hard core musicians and insiders.
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