Best place by a long shot. We always have fun at this place. since they remodeled several years go it is roomy has great music and the staff is always real nice to us.
Great night with Zed-Leppelen. Great place to get concert sound and watch a band. The old world charm is in this place. Loved the woodsy feel. Cool people.
Musicans and patrons alike - BEWARE.
My band was booked to play the Dugout in Mahtomedi on a Friday night. We had people on the way, excited and pumped for a great two-band bill that has rocked crowds in the Twin Cities and elsewhere. Both bands loaded in and we even had a successful soundcheck. At 9:20, Tom Bartholomew, the owner, pulled the plug because he wasn't happy with the number of people there at that moment. We told him that we knew people were coming and the place would be full by 10:00 or 10:30. That wasn't good enough for him. He told us to get out. Neither band performed, nor did we receive any compensation for our time. And Mahtomedi is not exactly our neighborhood. We drove a bit, you see. So we had to update our Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, etc. and make a lot of phone calls to let people know they needed to turn around and go home. Furthermore, when potential customers arrived expecting music and asked why there was no music, Tom Bartholomew, the owner, was rude to them. They left shouting "F*** the Dugout."
Unbelievable. Horrible experience. If I could give him ZERO stars I would.
Musicians -- If you ever get a gig at the Dug Out in Mahtomedi, BEWARE. You might not have a gig after all. Have a backup. In fact, play it safe - don't even book there.
Patrons -- If you ever go to the Dug Out, you might get a finger in your face and treated horribly by the owner himself. Play it safe - don't even go in. Grab a burger and beer at Brother's or go down the block to The Flame.
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