Underneath La Cava, Tabu offers live music and more

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 1, 2008

By Sarah Hall
Salisbury Post
Tabu proprietor Sean Sindle seems unconcerned that few people know about his night spot.
When your bar is tucked away inconspicuously in the basement of a restaurant, and you give it a name that makes it sound off-limits, it’s no surprise that some patrons may wonder if they are really supposed to enter.
Tabu definitely gives off a speakeasy vibe.
Sindle spent years working as a bartender and bouncer in local bars, having drink orders yelled at him over the loud music. He got tired of the noise, and felt a lot of the customers, as they got into their 30s, were ready to leave that loud bar scene behind.
He decided to offer a place where you can relax with a drink and conversation, and from time to time listen to music that’s not at ear-splitting volume.
Tabu is that place.
Located in the cellar of La Cava, 329 S. Church St., the low ceilings and support columns don’t let you forget you are in a basement, but the decor and surroundings make it cozy. Sindle says the place has an official capacity of 100, but he hopes he never sees it that crowded.
That would be too noisy.
Tabu features a bar, comfy furniture, a small stage for acoustic music, a dart board, a big screen TV and turtles that swim lazily in a tank in the window.
There is no membership required, and never a cover charge.
Customers can order food prepared upstairs at La Cava. Sindle is enjoying a great symbiotic relationship with the restaurant. His customers can have gourmet fare, but he doesn’t have to deal with the hassles of running a food establishment. And since he is covered by La Cava’s liquor and music licenses, Sindle can offer a fully-stocked bar and entertainment.
Sindle serves imports, microbrews, and a few domestics, mixed drinks and a limited wine selection. Smoking is allowed.
Tabu is open Tuesday-Saturday. A movie night is offered on Tuesdays, and Wednesdays features acoustic open mic with hosts Nock Foltz and Kjeff Hansen beginning at 10 p.m.
Every Thursday at 10 p.m., patrons can play Rock Band with projector and PA. Live music on Fridays and Saturdays begins around 10:30 p.m.
The group Freedom Drive will be the next show, this Friday. Others interested in booking a performance may contact Sindle at 704-267-6246 between 2 and 5 p.m.
Contact Sarah Hall at 704-797-4271 or shall@salisburypost.com.