Best live music in Windsor: Phog

Walking around at night in downtown Windsor, there are venues spilling out live music left and right. If you have not had a chance to indulge yourself into local music, Phog Lounge is the place to be.

Tom Lucier, manager and owner of Phog Lounge, stands inside of the bar. Photo by Sandee Nho.
Tom Lucier, manager and owner of Phog Lounge, stands inside of the bar. Photo by Sandee Nho.

Tom Lucier, manager and owner of Phog Lounge, stands inside of the bar. Photo by Sandee Nho.

Sandee Nho

Reporter

Walking around at night in downtown Windsor, there are venues spilling out live music left and right. If you have not had a chance to indulge yourself into local music, Phog Lounge is the place to be.

Located on the corner of University and Victoria, Phog delivers a wide variety of bands and artists that are spread across the music spectrum. From indie to electronic and back to pop, the intimate venue gives a unique experience to the various crowds.

In 2004, Tom Lucier opened up the venue with only a three-year lease. Now this year, Lucier is celebrating his tenth year of being open. He said the lounge’s responsibilities have grown.

“Culturally in the city we have a big role and we are comfortable in it,” said Lucier. “We really enjoy what we’re doing. It’s just hard to adjust to the crowds. What I would encourage is curiosity.”

Chris Holt, a guitarist in the Windsor band We Can Be Heroes, has performed at Phog twice this year. He said he would describe the venue as intimate.

“It’s easy to pack the place because when you have 30 people in the bar it actually feels like more,” said Holt. “As a musician, when you are playing to a full room of people it’s a lot of fun and a better experience as opposed to playing in a huge venue.”

Phog Lounge was not only voted as Windsor’s best live venue, it was also voted for having the best beer on tap and best bartenders.

The bar has served the same brand of beer since they have opened which includes Wellington, Mill Street, Steam Whistle, F&M and the Walkerville Brewery. Throughout the seven taps not a single one serves mainstream brands. Lucier said he tries to offer people beer that other places might not have.

On September 14, Phog Phest 5 will take place at Phog Lounge as well as at the Capitol Theatre where 40 bands will be performing. The event was put together in hopes to cater to everyone’s music taste. Between the Capitol Theater and Phog, there will be different genres of music from indie to rock, electronic, pop and hybrid. The Besnard Lakes, Suuns and Young Galaxy are headlining the event coming all the way from Montreal.

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