Despite being on the hardest night of the week to roust yourself out of your cozy, crusty den of ramen and Reese’s Pieces, Madrone Art Bar’s weekly Motown on Mondays could easily become the gem of your week. It’s pretty self-explanatory: they play Motown, and they play it every Monday.
But there’s some sort of magic in the air, or at least Gladys Knight and the Pips. They play the music loud, real loud, alongside music videos with people dancing much better than you. Drinks are cool (ask for the Ike Turner and expect a shot, then a slap in the face) as well as cheap (two buck well drinks before 9), and the spot is small and sweaty. Best of all, hit at the right time, the dancing is unbelievable. Sandwiched between lots of earnest knee-to-ear jackknifers are nimble virtuosos strutting their stuff in polyester suits and/or platform heels. Expect your arms and legs to go slack, first in wonder, then joyful exhaustion. M.O.M erupts at 8 pm every Monday.
Motown on Mondays
Mondays, 8 PM-close
Madrone Art Bar
500 Divisidero St.