Backing onto Bar Risa is comedy club Jongleurs, which spends half its time as Bar Risa's 'other room' and half the week as a stand-up venue in its own right. It succeeds in both ventures.
As half a nightclub, it plays the indie and cheese that balances Bar Risa's RnB heavy theme, but it is as a comedy club that the place most impresses.
I went here for a friend's birthday, and, having booked a table in advance, we spent the night in the company of some fine stand up comedians and many a jug of beer (brought to us by the kind, friendly staff).
Price varies depending on the quality/popularity of the comedians on show, but it was definitely worth the money on the occasion that I went - top night.
I saw Tony Law at Jongleurs and it was a terrific experience. This was largely due to Tony Law who is an awesome comedian and general all-round Canadian loon, and rather less so to Jongleurs.
We ate first: the food was just okay, basically fast food with cutlery and slightly pricey for what it was. The drinks were okay though. The card reader was apparently on the blink and the waitress wanted to take my companion's card away to arrange payment at the bar. On being informed that he would be accompanying her if so, we got a very disapproving look and chilly manner.
The MC was awful, aggressive, unfunny and misogynist, and the other acts were unremarkable. Thank God for Tony Law, he saved the evening.
Jongleurs is a really good night out and is best to go with a large group of people. The comedians are usually very good but you may get one not great comic (usually the first one on). The venue for the comedy is fairly small which makes the atmosphere good but means you are more liable to get picked on. The drinks are the usual range and prices that you would in any city centre club and food is also available though I haven't tried it myself. The price is fairly expensive but the costs to put on the show must be very high so it's something you probably only do once in a while. Afterwards the venue is used for a club night which is free for comedy attendees.
I've been here a couple of times in the last few weeks and had a great time on both occasions. The line ups can be varied and usually consist of comedians you may not have heard of so you don't always know what to expect. But you usually get at least a couple of great performers for your money. I used a discount code which drastically reduced the price and for the money I paid it was a great deal, I'm not sure I would feel as satisfied had I paid the full price though. The place is set out with long tables and you can order food and drinks from your table throughout the show, though the prices are pretty steep as is to be expected.
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