I used to live down the street and became a regular here. I don't even remember what the cover is because the doorman got to know me and I could just walk in. After work, I would usually walk down here after dinner in Japantown, grab something at the bar, and chill out against the wall--sometimes I'd parouse the dance floor, but usually I would just sit back and chill out to the smooth Jazz sounds. Every once in a while, someone really different would arrive on stage and make me take notice. Latex Funk Machine, if they're still around, was one of my favorites. Almost a mix between funk and soul, they bring up undertones of Red Hot Chili Peppers, but with their own unique voice. I'd go back just to hear them again! The editorial review of BBR is accurate in that it is gritty, and homeless people have been known to get in on Monday nights when there is no cover. Sometimes they'd strike up interesting conversation or ask for a couple bucks to get a drink, but mostly they'd just sit at the back and try to keep warm. This place is definitely warm.
Pros: great bands
Cons: limited parking, sketchy area late at night