Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The Monkey Bar - Fargo, ND

Before this past weekend, I'd never been to Fargo, ND, as far as I knew. If I had been here, my parents brought me here. I'll have to admit, that after this weekend, I really don't know much more about it either. It's was -28°F on Saturday morning. We didn't go out much.

I played in a poker tournament that was being run at, The Hub. This is a large venue with several different bars and restaurants under one roof. You walk through The Fan, a sports bar with horrible service and great food, to get to the Venue. A theater/concert hall. It's not huge, but it's roomy enough for 351 people to play poker.

The Monkey Bar seems to be everything on the second floor of the Venue. This bar is also one of the coolest looking places I've been to in a while. A fellow poker blogger named Columbo would love this place. Its nothing but tiki lounge.

These first two pictures are of the Buddah sitting on a lit table in front of one of the bar areas up here. I just loved the lighting and the chance to capture some interesting art.

I actually took quite a few shots of the Buddah and the table stuff, a few bonzai trees. There was a poker tournament going on, so there were lots of people milling about.

This would have been fun to have more time and less distractions, but I think the subject was most interesting and the lighting was a lot of fun to work with.

Near this bar, was a doorway that connected to the official area of the Monkey Bar. It definitely gave you that VIP feeling. This room had black jack tables and great sound insulation. It was a nice getaway from the general chaos outside the doors.
It was in this room that I found the bar. It was lit with an ever changing color. The lines of the shelves were pretty cool as well. Nothing parallel. The colors of the glass were mixing with the light from behind.

This was my favorite. I got a few different color cycles, but the amber really seemd right for me.

All in all this was a pretty cool place for taking pictures. I might need to go back and shoot some more, if I have time.

None of these pictures have been altered since they were shot. Cropping and lighting were done in camera.

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Nap Warden said...

Cool shots...Do they serve sushi?

OhCaptain said...

I don't think they served sushi. It appeared to be a bar only. There were several restaurants in the complex...none seemed to be sushi bars.

RWilliams said...

I was wondering if you know who sings that rap song that they play alot at The Hub that goes something like "Juron"? Im pretty sure thats what he says alot. I hear it only at The Hub and its a great rap song. You can e-mail me back at ChevyS10Xtreme00@aol.com if you can. Thank you much.

OhCaptain said...

In case anyone else stops here looking for something about the Hub, I only played in a poker tournament here. I was never there for a show or dancing or the like.

While I'm actually very good at music trivia. Without context, I probably don't know the song they played there recently.

When I was there, we heard "Crazy Game of Poker" by OAR several times. Great song!

laanba said...

You did a good job capturing the lighting. I especially like the second one.

OhCaptain said...

Thank you for the comment. Feel free to look around and check out the rest!

I'll be checking out your blog her shortly.