Donna Jean’s Libations
Phoenix West-siders rejoice! You don’t have to drive to Tempe or Mesa to catch a local act anymore. You just have to navigate Bell road to 67th avenue. That’s where you will find Libations, tucked into the far end of a tiny corner strip mall.
The place is small, occupancy about 76 I think. Yes, smaller than” the Jar” if you are old enough to remember that. About the size of Long Wong’s live music room, if Tempe was more your scene and era. In fact, if Long Wong’s was your thing back in the day – you may remember the famous Lemon Krayola pictured above. Yep, they are still jamming and they sound better than ever.
Donna Jean’s has the requisite bar with a Megatouch machine, a drink rail facing the stage, some tables scattered about and a little dance floor in front of the stage which is tucked into a corner by the front door. A couple pool tables and some dart machines round out the scene for fun when bands aren’t playing.
Beer selection is good, and they do shot specials. What more do you want while hearing some live music? Bands seem to be in the rock/alternative/punk categories which is nice, because this place was a country bar at one time. Now it’s not!
The staff is super friendly, the owner too! Seating can be hard to get if a band is popular and you may have to jostle your way in to get a drink as the crowd seems to hang out by the bar rather than the stage.
It’s definitely a cool place to chill and see a band play. Don’t expect a light show – this is more of a bar than a nightclub. But hey, cover is only 3 bucks and you save about twice that in gas not driving to the other side of the world past 27 speed cameras and the Highway Patrol.