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Somerville’s Newest Music Venue Offers Live Band Cycling Classes

It’s a jack-of-all-trades community space that also serves food and drinks

The exterior of the Jungle in Somerville, located behind the Independent
The exterior of the Jungle in Somerville, located behind the Independent
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A live music venue that’s aiming to fit quite a few roles opens Friday, May 10, in Somerville’s Union Square. The Jungle (6 Sanborn Ct. — find it behind the Independent and across from Bronwyn’s beer garden) will offer a smorgasbord of activities, as its tagline indicates: “Concerts. Cycling. Cocktails. Community. Stop Choosing.”

Owner and manager Sam Epstein designed the venue to accommodate not just music performances, dining, and drinking, but also community events and cycling classes in which participants ride as a live band performs.

Beverage options at the Jungle will include beer, a small selection of wines, and a large selection of cocktails; classics like gimlets, margaritas, and Manhattans are appropriately dubbed “covers,” while the bar’s “originals” consist of drinks like the dirty water with apricot brandy, gin, grenadine, and lemon juice, as well as the queen of hearts, with Bulleit rye, mezcal, pomegranate juice, lime, chile pepper, and a sugar rim.

The food menu includes wings, tater tot nachos, hummus and veggies, a turkey club, a veggie burger, Buffalo chicken grilled cheese, and salad.

On Mondays and Thursdays, the Jungle will offer cycling classes during cover band performances, and on Wednesdays there will be open mic nights. Other events will occur throughout the week, with group music lessons on Sundays. After 8 p.m., the Jungle will transition into a more traditional rock club with lineups of local bands and musicians.

The Jungle will be a 21-and-up venue with a capacity for 85 people. Doors open Friday, May 10, at 8 p.m., and live music begins at 9 p.m., featuring Major Moment, Exit 18, and Tzivia & theband Vú. The Jungle already has a full calendar for the coming weeks, available on its website.

The Jungle [Official Site]
The Jungle, a Somerville Music Venue and Restaurant, Opens Friday [VL]
Welcome to the Jungle, Union Square’s Newest Club [BH]