Spawned by the Frank Sinatra aficionados behind Rush Street’s Jilly’s Piano Bar, The Joynt dresses itself in jazzcat-chic with floors of velvet and Victorian mirrored walls, even securing local stalwarts like the Kendall Lewis Trio as its house band. But come club hours, resident DJ Carmine turns the 2,000-square-foot bottom floor into a “Retro” discotheque, mostly radio gold plucked from each era since the ‘60s.
The hip part is that all the suits and martini sippers upstairs stick around and mingle with all the dance-floor heroes below. The unhip part is that those martinis and cocktails go for $12. Granted, most employ the use of top-shelf booze. But no amount of Bacardi Limon, lemonade and grenadine (Bull Rum) should push $9, even if it is spiked with Red Bull. Not that it deters people from attending – so the club circuit goes, $225 bottle service and all. And wines are more equitable at $8 a glass.
The way of food, executive chef Lauren Romanoff stands by an “appetizers are the new entrees” philosophy, pairing a slim 14-piece menu of tapa-style flavor punches like the artichoke, chorizo and goat cheese flatbread, spiced with basil and piquillo pepper at a very reasonable $8. Likewise pricing for the rest of the fleet, with the Prince Edward Island mussels, sauced in spicy tomato broth, leading the pack at $13. Tip: savor the patio seating while the summer lasts, and dodge the liquid diet, Bull Rum costs less with a full stomach.
Centerstage Reviewer: Gavin Paul