Thursday, May 19, 2011

Hitting Rock Bottom in Montgomery

Reckless at Rock Bottom
I've been reviewing local music for a while now, so let me take a momentary break to talk a little about the venues that provide these wonderful musicians an outlet to show off their talent.

First off is the Rock Bottom Pub. This sports bar is situated in East Montgomery, right off the Eastern Boulevard. The pub may be filled inside and out with flat screen televisions (30 HDTVs, 3 of which are 110' screens), but don't be fooled. As their home page states, they are "a celebration of the three great American past times: The burger, "real" sports, and music."
Chaos Unplugged at Rock Bottom

The pub hosts a fairly wide range of musicians - country and almost the entire spectrum of rock - at least 5 days a week. Local "house" musicians and bands that tour the country play here. Most of the musicians play covers, as that appears to be what is popular in Montgomery. Most of them are really good. (See the comment from Brad below for more big names that have come through the Rock Bottom Pub.)

Rock Bottom usually has a good turn out for its shows. The pub has a stage set up inside, complete with stage lighting and ample floor space for dancing. Outside is a 1400 square foot patio where the musicians sometimes set up to play. When the weather is nice, the patio - although there is less space out there - is an idyllic place to listen to good music and enjoy the company of friends.

Miss Used at Rock Bottom
This month, Rock Bottom has/will hosted 7-0-8-0, Reckless, Zac Young, Chaos Unplugged, Legs and Liquor, and Cold September, among others. This upcoming Sunday, May 22nd, they will have a 12 hour benefit concert for the Red Cross tornado relief. 12 different musical acts will be performing from noon to midnight.

Check out their website for more upcoming shows.

Reckless at Rock Bottom
So they play a lot of music. But just how good of a venue is Rock Bottom?

A quick google search provides mixed reviews, giving it about a 4 star rating on Google's scale (out of 9 reviews). Reviews range from loving this place and not being terribly impressed with it. The reviews on Yelp! are positive, stating that, "The owner is super nice &...The drinks and drink specials are great....This is by far my favorite hangout in Montgomery!" (via Holli D. - On the flip side are the negative reviews on Urbanspoon and Google reviews, which mostly complain about the quality of the food. Although, there are only 2 reviews here, so take it with a grain of salt, pun not intended. Granted, it's pub food. I've eaten at few bars/taverns/pubs where the food is actually really good, and most of them were in the midwest. I'm not saying the food is bad, because it's not. And as Brad of the Rock Bottom says, "I also promise there are way more compliments on the food than complaints, you can't always be perfect." It's all a matter of taste, and you can't always rely on the internet for accurate information. Best that you try it for yourself!

Miss Used at Rock Bottom

All in all, whether you want a relaxed musical experience or the concert experience, Rock Bottom is a great place to go to hear great live music. Bring some friends! And if you see me, stop by and say hi! I'll be the one with the camera. :)


  1. Just to add a few notes there are almost 30 HDTV's inside & out, 3 of which are 110' big screens, the patio was expanded last October and is around 2200 sq ft, and there have been acts like Drivin N Cryin, Blackberry Smoke (now on thour with Zac Brown), Wayne Mills Band (who opens regularly for Jamie Johnson), and have two awesome bands coming Tuesday June 14th in CROSSFADE & POP EVIL. Also the biggest cover band in the region like Trotline, 17th Floor, Splendid Choas, & The Velcro Pygmies to name a few. I also promise there are way more compliments on the food than complaints, you can't always be perfect.

  2. Thank you very much for taking the time to read this! And thank you for the comment! I will include this information in an edit. Thank you!

    Also, very much looking forward to hanging out at the Rock Bottom all day today for the tornado relief concert! :)