Best Jukebox San Francisco 2006 - Buddha Lounge
Readers' Choice: 540 Club
A great jukebox is eclectic, offering enough variety to complement every conceivable mood. The Buddha's jukebox is very eclectic. One recent afternoon the ambient sound meandered from Prince's "When Doves Cry" to Patsy Cline's "Crazy" to Mary J. Blige's "One" to Dean Martin's "On an Evening in Roma," with no end in sight. With careful planning, the amateur DJ can bookend a set of Sam Cooke with a little Led Zeppelin and a jigger of the Pixies, Outkast chaser. Or how about an all-downer set of Janis, Sinatra, and Lady Day, with the Rev. Al Green playing pick-me-up? The Buddha itself, a revered Chinatown hole in the wall, has had a cool peacock-and-willow-branch makeover over the past few years, but it's still the sort of place where the bartender buzzes you into the basement bathroom. In other words, it's the ideal setting for a great jukebox.