2014 Best Overall Club
Columbia Street West
It’s been 30 years since the train affixed high on the wall at Columbia Street West made its first lap around the storied bar. In that time the train hasn’t changed, but like the city around it, Columbia Street West has.
The tweaks to the longest-lived bar on The Landing have been subtle at times and not-so-subtle at others. One thing has remained consistent, however, and that’s Columbia Street West winning Whammy awards. This year is no different, with CSW pulling down the Best Overall Club. The bar has won that award a total of eight times now. And there are plenty of past wins in other categories, including 10 for Best Rock Club.
So what is it that makes CSW so popular? To general manager Terese Eichel the answer is simple.
“It’s an everybody’s club,” Eichel said. “Older people, younger people, college kids. A lot of people find something to like about it.”
Over the years CSW has been the hot place to go for a wide variety of music, events and food. It’s been a lunch place, an after work place, a dinner place and a dance-till-you-can’t-dance-any-longer place.
It’s expanded and contracted. Life has been lived within its walls, and if those walls could talk ...
But to Eichel, who’s been at CSW for eight years now, the establishment is pretty much likes it’s been since she first arrived.
“It’s hasn’t changed that much,” she said. “We still have live bands on Saturday and dancing on Friday.
“When I first started we were still open Monday through Saturday. Business people used to come in for lunch. Now it’s just Wednesday through Saturday in the evening. There’s not as many people going out early in the week.”
But people still flock to Bourbon Street Hideaway, the Cajun-Creole restaurant in the basement of CSW, which is open Thursday through Saturday.
The downtown nightlife focus has shifted as well. New places have opened near Parkview Field and Columbia Street, once the main artery of the Three Rivers Festival and home to numerous bars and restaurants, is awaiting a rebirth.
“There are plans for The Landing to be converted to a walking street with apartments, shops and restaurants,” Eichel said. “I think the weekday activity will come back once that happens. And we’ll be ready. We’re getting a new menu in the next few weeks. We’ll have one of the best fish sandwiches you’ve ever tasted.”
When that happens, the train will probably do laps for another 30 years. (Mark Hunter)
Columbia Street West*
Early Birds Ultra Lounge
Piere's Entertainment Center
Skeletunes Lounge; Office Tavern; Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, Spirits; After Dark, Carl's Tavern, Deer Park Irish Pub; Rack and Helen's Bar & Grill
* On the ballot † More than one
|2013 Winner:||Columbia Street West|
|2012 Winner:||The Brass Rail|
|2011 Winner:||Piere's Entertainment Center|
|2010 Winner:||Piere's Entertainment Center|
|2009 Winner:||Piere's Entertainment Center|
|2008 Winner:||Piere's Entertainment Center|
|2007 Winner:||Piere's Entertainment Center|
|2006 Winner:||Columbia Street West|
|2005 Winner:||Piere's Entertainment Center|
|2004 Winner:||Columbia Street West|
|2003 Winner:||Columbia Street West|
|2002 Winner:||Columbia Street West|
|2001 Winner:||Columbia Street West|
|2000 Winner:||Piere's Entertainment Center|
|1999 Winner:||Piere's Entertainment Center|
|1998 Winner:||Piere's Entertainment Center|
|1997 Winner:||Columbia Street West|
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Community Unity — Community dinner, games and prizes, and neighborhood safety forum, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, Jennings Recreation Center, Fort Wayne, free, 427-6028
Issues and Ales — Panel of experts discuss important issues in the community with audience Q&A , 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, Calhoun Street Soups, Salads and Spirits, Fort Wayne, free, 456-7005
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Chris Worth — Variety at Nick's Martini & Wine Bar, Fort Wayne, 7:30 p.m., no cover, 482-6425
Fort Wayne Comedy Connection — Comedy at Latch String Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m., no cover, 483-5526
Hubie Ashcraft — Acoustic at River View Tavern, Decatur, 7-10 p.m., no cover, 724-3500
Open Mic — Hosted by Mike Mowry at Pedal City, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m.-12 a.m., no cover, 415-6167
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Classic City Karaoke w/Bryan Lee — Karaoke at Pine Valley Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 8:30 p.m., no cover, 490-9464
Fort Wayne Karaoke w/Brian — Variety at AJ's Bar and Grill, Fort Wayne, 8 p.m., no cover, 434-1980
Fort Wayne Karaoke w/Josh — Karaoke at Columbia Street West, Fort Wayne, 9:30 p.m., no cover, 422-5055
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Karaoke with Rooster — Variety at By: Belle Haven, South Whitley, 8 p.m., no cover, 866-716-9243
Shooting Star Prod. w/Stu — Variety at Office Tavern, Fort Wayne, 8 p.m., no cover, 478-5827
Shut Up and Sing — Karaoke at Duesy's Sports Bar, Fort Wayne, 7-11 p.m., no cover, 483-5681
Three Rivers Karaoke — at Dupont Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., no cover, 483-1311
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Little Shop of Horrors — IPFW Department of Theatre performance of Alan Menken-Howard Ashman musical comedy, 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, April 26-29, Williams Theatre, IPFW, Fort Wayne, $5-$18, 481-6555
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37th National Print Exhibition — Juried exhibition featuring contemporary printmakers from around the nation, Tuesday-Sunday thru May 5, Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, Fort Wayne, 424-7195
41st SOCA Student Exhibition — Works from students currently enrolled at USF’s School of Creative Arts, daily thru April 30, Weatherhead Gallery, USF Rolland Art Center, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Echolilia — Works from Timothy Archibald and his autistic son, Eli, Tuesday-Sunday thru June 11, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $6-$8 (members, free), 422-6467
Diane Allen Groenert — Exhibition of local artist’s Downtown Series and new works, Monday-Saturday thru June 24, West Central Microcreamery & Cafe, Fort Wayne, 415-9293
Expressions of Existence — An exhibition of works by artists through history, including Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Francisco Goya and others whose works have been influenced by disabilities, Tuesday-Sunday thru June 11, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $6-$8 (members, free), 422-6467
Fort Wayne Artist Guild Exhibitions — Works by Alice Siefert at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Jennifer Caudel at Allen County Retinal Surgeons, Anita Trick, Citizens Square (2nd and 3rd floors), Darlene Selzer Miller at The Einhaus Group for Women’s Health, Patricia Weiss at Heritage of Fort Wayne, Emily Jane Butler at Ophthalmology Consultants (Southwest), Linda Binek at Ophthalmology Consultants (North), Carolyn Stachera at Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Wayne, John Kelty at ResCare Inc. Adult Day Service, Wiletta Blevins at Town House Retirement, Karen Bixler at Visiting Nurse Hospice and Barb Yoder and Karen Harvey at Will Jewelers, thru April 30, fortwayneartistguild.org.
Fort Wayne Photographers Club — Exhibition featuring local photographers, Tuesday-Sunday thru April 30, Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, Fort Wayne, $3-$5 (2 and under, free), 427-6440
Glass: A Medium in Art and Automobiles — Dale Chihuly blown glass and fiberglass auto, daily thru Sept. 8, Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum, Auburn, $7.50-$12.50, 925-1444
Jan Krist-Finkbeiner — Exhibition of ceramic reliefs, Tuesday-Sunday thru May 5, Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, Fort Wayne, 424-7195
Kathy Funderburg & Diane Schafer-King — Acrylic paintings (Funderburg) and works in marbled paper and fabric (Schaefer-King), Monday-Saturday thru April 29, Orchard Gallery of Fine Art, Fort Wayne, 436-0927
Outdoor Sculpture Invitational — Fifteen outdoor sculptures from regional artists, daily thru April 30, School of Creative Arts campus, University of Saint Francis North Campus, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Rhoda Gerig: The Hope of Eagles — Photographic images of eagles, daily thru June 4, Clark Gallery, Honeywell Center, Wabash, 563-1102
Sharon — An exhibition of Leon Borensztein photographs chronicling the struggles he faced raising his severely disabled daughter, Tuesday-Sunday thru June 11, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $6-$8 (members, free), 422-6467
SOCA Graduate Program: Student Highlights — Juried exhibition of works by students enrolled in USF’s School of Creative Arts graduate program, Monday-Friday thru April 30, Lupke Gallery, University of Saint Francis North Campus, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Spring 2017 BFA Exhibition — Exhibition of works by IPFW graduation seniors, daily thru May 3 , Jeffrey R. Krull Gallery, Main Library, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, 481-6709
Spring 2017 BFA Exhibition — Senior thesis projects from Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates Brenda Drayer (sculpture), Derek Hibbs (printmaking), Ellen Mensch (painting), Nathaniel Morris (sculpture) and Kyle Snodgrass (sculpture), daily thru May 7, Visual Arts Gallery, IPFW, Fort Wayne, 481-6709
Spring Palette — New original works by more than 50 nationally recognized artists, Tuesday-Saturday and by appointment thru April 30, Castle Gallery Fine Art, Fort Wayne, 426-6568