Birthday Suits/The Blind Shake/Wereworm
Sugar Maple as a music venue is often overlooked in the circuit of bars hosting shows in Bay View. The decor is stuffy, semi-comatose, and if you drink your chosen beer solely for the purpose of getting drunk in the least offensive way possible, the booze menu hits the wallet a bit hard and can leave you perplexed. I know what a Budweiser tastes like. Can I just have one of those? Nope. Sugar Maple’s back room, however, is a pretty great spot to see bands, especially on weeknights when the relaxed vibe is much more appreciated. What the bar itself lacks in personality, the back room makes up for in sound and coziness. But for a place with such a low-key air that typically books jazz shows, albeit of the experimental type, the Sugar Maple occasionally plays host to the noisy and the LOUD.