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With a bar/restaurant area in the front and a live music room in the back, Beat Kitchen caters to both music fans and locals stopping in for a quick beer and bite. Look for the logo loosely based on the one the English Beat used on their "I Just Can't Stop It" and "Wha'ppen" albums. If it's dark and you miss the dimly lit sign over the door, look for the neon version in the window. During a typical weekend night, the tiny bar area is a flurry of activity. Patrons sidle up to the bar or sit in four-seater booths. But the music room is where all the real action occurs. Showcasing an array of indie bands and comic shows during the week and weekend, Beat Kitchen competes as one of the best underground venues in the city. Upstairs, the private party room, convenient for any occasion, awaits. It's a bit more commodious than the downstairs bar, plus it has a nice view of the street below.