I absolutely LOVED Ortlieb's when I first went on a Tuesday and then later on a Thursday evening!!! There is no cover during the week, so that was an immediate plus. It's a VERY cute place, cute as in it's small size and perfectly dim lighting. The music was INCREDIBLE!!!!! When I went the band played a great mix of jazz and funk, which kept the mood very festive, plus, the musicians themselves were very personable. The music was very loud, but I actually liked that. I sat at the bar the entire evening, and I agree with an earlier reviewer, every seat is truly a great seat. To be honest, I prefer to sit at the bar instead of the tables, since there's very little space between tables. Also, sitting at the bar affords one the opportunity to actually hear the person sitting next to them, since the musicians play right in front of the tables.
The bartender was really friendly, the drinks were good and reasonably priced, the wings were EXCELLENT, and there was even a plasma tv there for me to watch the NBA playoffs!!
What more can I say? Great atmosphere, friendly people, and best of all, FABULOUS MUSIC! I highly recommend Ortliebs to everyone!!!!
Pros: no cover during the week, plasma tv, great music
Cons: didnt really enjoy it when I went on a Sunday; the crowd was much older, and the music was rather slow and practically put me to sleep.