Fans of live music throughout the city rejoiced when the Ozen Bar first opened its doors in July of 2008. Owned by Ozen Hashlishit (Third Ear), the property represents a natural expansion of the film and music retail company into live events and entertainment. Ozen Bar Provides a mid-sized venue with a great sound-system and comparable acoustics, and has quickly become an obvious choice for local acts on tour, as well as international underground talent.
Beyond the success of its booking arm, the great location and affable staff make the Ozen Bar a natural option for a laid-back night out. Paying tribute to its past life as a movie theatre, the main room has the aesthetic feel of an art-house cinema lobby, though with a focus on beers and liquor rather than popcorn and candy. For those wanting to enjoy a film with their beer, movies are in fact screened at 4 separate viewing rooms nearby.
To the right of the main bar room is the stage area, which can hold up to 200 guests. On any given night, acts can range from gypsy punk, to acoustic Hip Hop, and beyond. A monthly schedule is printed and can additionally be accessed on-line. A cover is often charged for those seeking to attend the shows, though a seat at the bar is quite sufficient to enjoy the music. Expect a varied crowd that fits the music selection of the night.