Blue Monk, The

1.5 out of 5 stars
based on 3 Reviews
3341 SE Belmont St.
Portland, OR
(503) 595-0575


"jazz, blues, world, funk"

Typical earnings for each musician

based on input from 1 review

Paid via…

  • Lump sum?: No (1 vote)  
  • Cover?: Yes (1 vote)  
  • Minimum draw to get paid?: No (1 vote)  
  • No pay at all?: No (1 vote)  
  • Free drinks?: No (1 vote)  
  • Paid to play?: No (1 vote)  

Business practices

  • Non-profit?: No (1 vote)  
  • Musician-run?: No (1 vote)  
  • Rental fee?: No (1 vote)  
  • Books local acts?: Yes (1 vote)  
  • Books out-of-town acts?: Yes (1 vote)  
  • Promotes the acts it hires?: No (1 vote)  


  • Piano?: No (1 vote)  
  • Piano in tune?: No (1 vote)  
  • Keyboard?: No (1 vote)  
  • Drumset?: No (1 vote)  
  • Keyboard amp?: No (1 vote)  
  • Guitar amp?: No (1 vote)  
  • Bass amp?: No (1 vote)  
  • Direct box?: No (1 vote)  
  • PA system?: Yes (1 vote)  
  • Sound person?: No (1 vote)  

The room

  • Stage?: Yes (1 vote)  
  • Backstage/Green Room?: No (1 vote)  
  • Space for dancing?: Yes (1 vote)  
  • Primarily background music?: No (1 vote)  
  • Serves Food?: Yes (1 vote)  
  • Liquor License?: Yes (1 vote)  
  • Capacity: 50-300 (1 vote)  

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Reviews from musicians



14 Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars   




Graeme Gibson

4 Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars   


this is a great room that was mi-managed and is now called The Liquor Store



39 Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars   


Booker Tim Gallineau is a good guy. Also, the staff is usually friendly. It's a reasonably nice room in a good neighborhood. It's roomy and the stage is a good size. There is a bathroom right next to the stage.


Parking and load in are a pain - the venue is in a basement. There are no windows. There is no foot traffic. The built-in draw is almost zero.

The PA system is old, decrepit, and there is only one monitor. Bands must bring mics, stands, and cables.

In addition to that, bands must pay both the sound and the door personnel. Since they charge by the hour, that can be up to $120.

They offer no guarantees, but if you work with them for a show or two and you did a good draw, they'll give you a percentage of the bar.

Some of that percentage may be coming from the band - the first drink is free, but after that they're half off. This was irksome to me, and I'm not even much of a drinker.

I decided not to play there any more. Between the basement, the low draw, the zero guarantee, and the substandard PA, it was just more trouble than it was worth to me.

Word has it that their new owner is a musician, however, so they may be changing a few things.