For over 20 years, the Rhythm Room in Phoenix has been an institution for live blues and jazz. This is a bare bones, no frills place with cheap drinks, duct tape on the toilets and broken ceiling fans, and that’s part of its charm. It's a non-descript building that you might miss save for the black and white sign out front. It has a 4 star rating on yelp.com for things like being small, cramped, hot and loud with great music. In the summer time wear your coolest outfit because it gets quite hot inside. They serve their drinks in plastic cups and have pitchers of ice water where the regulars know they can always fill up. They don’t serve any food, but there is a food truck in the parking lot and you are more than welcome to bring in food from there or anywhere. They also have an outdoor smoking patio.
If you are the type of person who likes to sit, you better get there early because the seats fill up very early. There are seats with tables around the dance floor and a half wall that divides that area from the walkway and bar. Both of those areas have bar stools and counters to sit at but almost every night it is standing room only. When the music starts, the dance floor is packed.
Open 7 nights a week except major holidays, on Fridays you can get in free if you come for happy hour – doors open at 5:00 and the show starts at 5:30. The main show starts at 9:00 and if you stay, you can save the cover charge (usually between $8 - $10). An excellent house band called The Rhythm Room All-Stars was founded by club owner, harmonica player and bandleader Bob Corritone in 1991, when the club opened. In addition to hosting their own shows, they also serve as back up for visiting guest artists.