BY: COURTNEY KIMBERLIN
No Thursday night is complete without a packed and exciting trip to Jerzees, located off Main Street.
Jerzees has been around since July 2009, replacing its former establishment called Planet X. Since then, the bar has made quite a name for itself.
A typical night at Jerzees is nothing but a good time. A very brief line, less than $5 cover and neon lights at different angles are just a few of the perks Jerzees has to offer.
Also, there are big-screen TVs showing any important sporting event, pool tables and cheap drinks all adding up to a great night.
Bryson Alford, 34, general manager of the Fountain Food Court and a co-owner of Jerzees, said the bar’s college-focus helps set it apart.
“Really, Jerzees is one of the only bars in town that centers around college kids and makes sure that there is high energy, cheap drinks, people who work there known on campus and making sure it is fun,” Alford said.
The two bars within Jerzees also provide a large selection of beverages, particularly a select few famous drinks: the Jerzee Bomb, Long Island Iced Tea or Dancing Bear are just to name a few.
“Our signature drink is definitely the Jerzee bomb,” Alford said.
You can immediately tell once the crowd starts to feel the spirit of the night because some brave souls will venture out on the dance floor. With music genres ranging from hip-hop, country and techno, anyone can dance the night away.
Katie Dawson, 21, public relations major, is one of the many people that pulls Jerzees together. Dawson works at Jerzees as a bartender and loves her position.
“It is the best job that I have ever had,” Dawson said. “My favorite part of the job is the people I work with. The Jerzees team is a family, and we have so much fun together.”
Dawson may be an employee, but working at this local bar has only increased her nightlife experience at Jerzees.
“If I had to describe Jerzees in one word, it would be fun or lively,” she said.
In addition to the bars, Jerzees offers something unique to Richmond: a comedy club. Here, the latest and greatest comics of the region can test their chops in front of a live, and likely rowdy, audience.
“We have a booking agent, and they will book the venue for events such as comedy night, where the event will get money from the door, but Jerzees gets money from the drinks,” Alford said.
Also, Tuesday is Karaoke night for those ready to rock out to their favorite tunes.
If you’re looking a bar with a more modern-feel that is strictly for college kids−minus the few older people you’ll see from time to time trying to recapture their youth−then Jerzees is your place. The drinks are affordable and fairly priced, too.
“What I want people to know about Jerzees is that we are constantly trying to keep customers and try new things,” Alford said. “We are always open to comments, questions or suggestions if anyone has an idea or issue. We are just always trying to keep it fresh.”
Jerzees is open 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday.