Not too many bars are eager to impress its clientele with how early things happen there.
But Adonia's is all about making life fun for those of us who work day jobs.
I know some will think this is hopelessly square -- the truly cool clubgoers don't materialize until midnight.
Adonia's doesn't care. In fact, DJ John Dudley, emcee for the Wednesday night karaoke that starts at 8 p.m., says people are ready to sing before he even sets up his equipment.
It's about time someone realized that the employed like to party, too, and don't necessarily want to wait until the weekend. And let's face it -- often a disco nap turns into turning in early, unintentionally.
Adonia's gets a great crowd on the weekends, but it was midweek fun we were looking for. None of us sing (in public), so we just wanted people and beverages and a scene.
The recently opened Adonia's has it, with mixed drink and beer specials and a healthy number of people ready to belt out a song and let out some tension.
Adonia's is a gay bar, but you'd hardly know. There were men and women in about equal numbers on a recent Wednesday.
In addition to the singing, there was plenty of dancing, too -- a refreshing change on a karaoke night. And there are the requisite TVs, but you won't find a dart board or a pool table. Who needs them when there is actual live entertainment?
There's a theme and/or drink specials every night of the week at Adonia's. Have a cosmo for $3.50 early on Monday, or drink cheaply on Thirsty Thursdays. Friday and Saturday feature the only dance floor on Allen Street. You can even get Bloody Marys in the wee hours of Sunday morning (for those who like to get a jump on brunch).
And I haven't taken a scientific poll, but Adonia's just might be the only bar in town that takes credit cards.
It's comfy and welcoming and leaves us refreshed for the end of the work week. Why hasn't someone thought of this sooner?
Adonia's is comfy and welcoming and leaves us refreshed for the end of the work week.
20 Allen St.
Scene: Unintimidating yet cool
Music: Sing it yourself
Drinks: Numerous specials
Dress code: Off the clock
Best time to go: Early on Wednesdays
Next week: John's Flaming Hearth