We’ve heard a lot of “rock returns to Uptown” excitement with the opening of the new stage at the recently remodeled Mortimer’s in s’Uptown at Lyndale and Franklin, likely because of the many fond memories of the longstanding Uptown Bar and Cause Sound Bar, both now defunct. (Maybe even a little post-Triple Rock closing emotion in there, too?) Regardless, we had pretty high expectations off of what we’ve been hearing and they were pretty much all met.

The front is still a dive bar but with very serious pinball and foosball players and pitchers of beer. The backroom size puts you right up next to the stage, unless you walk up a few steps to the beautiful back pub-like bar that also overlooks the music. It’s a great set-up. And the sound was great, too. When we went, there were $3 beers during the show and free parking in the Wedge Lot after 9 PM. Our rec: Go see some shows now, go see some shows there often.