Being a frequent solo hound, I enjoy grazing over a book at a table. However, places with good food, that showcase music, live or dj'ed in an interesting mix of genres would be a nice addition to my dining selection.
Personally, I'm looking for places in the North OC or Long Beach areas, but if you want to add other recs that are out of the area for the benefit of other hounds, feel free.
In Long Beach:
The Vault 350 is opening or opened a supper club next-door called "Backstage", I think it's going to be a smaller venue than the vault, and feature more jazz.
Also, I've been told that Frenchy's (which has amazing food) also has Jazz on select nights.
And one of my friends is going to be opening a place on Broadway this June called
"speakeasy" which is going to have all kinds of performances (music, theatre, etc) with a full bar and restaurant.
Also, I've seen lots of live performances at the various Coffee Houses around town.
And I think 49ers Tavern (in the Ralph's strip mall at the PCH/7th st/ Bellflower intersection) has live music on the weekends.
If you want to drive into the South Bay, hermosa beach has cafe bugaloo (bugaloo.com) that serves up a cajun influenced menu with live blues most nights. The food is just ok, however they've got an interesting selection of micro brews on tap and some eclectic wines by the glass.
I forgot, a few places in Belomont Shore including the Creperie and Panama Joes also do Live Music several nights a week
STEAMERS CAFE in Fullerton (Commonwealth Ave, east of Harbor Blvd) has live jazz daily. They serve mostly sandwiches, coffee and some limited hot menu items. www.steamersjazz.com
Nearby TUSCANY CLUB (n/e corner Commonwealth/Harbor) also has music most nights and a full menu. www.tuscanyclub.net/
On Thursdays during spring/summer, TAPS in Brea has a band too. www.tapsbrea.com
What did you have that was so atrocious?
Even though they call themselves a full service restaurant, they're more of a coffeehouse with limited hot menu items to me. I usu order their appetizers & coffee drinks and haven't had a terrible or "atrocious" experience. Sometimes "meh"; othertimes good.