Shot and a beer by night, craft cocktail and chair massage by (Mon)day

Aimee Schalles, a licensed massage therapist from Body Boutique, gives a chair massage at Jackpot Saloon.

Aimee Schalles, a licensed massage therapist from Body Boutique, gives a chair massage at Jackpot Saloon. by Sara Shepherd

Picture the Jackpot Saloon, and “relaxing” and "refreshing" probably aren't the first words that jump to mind. On a busy night the downtown bar best known for its eclectic mix of live music is dark, crowded, sweaty and loud, and its signature $5 specials are flowing — that would be a 16-ounce can of PBR with a shot of Jim Beam.

“At nighttime that pretty much explains this bar,” bartender Mike Harmon said.

But have you been in on a Monday afternoon lately? Welcome to Jackpot’s version of a spa day.

From 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., there’s daytime-appropriate cocktails made with fresh fruits and a massage therapist on site giving chair massages, which are free but tips are encouraged. The bar’s only-on-Monday drinks usually include a bloody mary made with fresh tomatoes instead of bottled juice, a fresh strawberry shandy (Boulevard Wheat beer, lemonade, sprite and muddled fresh strawberries) and a fresh raspberry Tom Collins (muddled raspberries, lime and gin). The licensed massage therapists are borrowed from Body Boutique. When I popped in this week, they had a game of Dr. Mario set up in the front booth, though that may or may not be a recurring feature.

Harmon said his teacher-friends inspired the idea, envisioned to help people relax and get ready to tackle the week. And the drinks are easygoing enough you could have one or two and still go about your day (however, that shot-and-a-beer special is always available if you’re looking to take your Monday afternoon in a more traditional Jackpot-like direction).

Fresh Raspberry Tom Collins, one of the cocktails available Mondays only at Jackpot Saloon.

Fresh Raspberry Tom Collins, one of the cocktails available Mondays only at Jackpot Saloon. by Sara Shepherd

Comments

jhawk1998 1 year, 1 month ago

Why are you promoting this place? Worst service and least value for money when it comes to bar and grills. It is an ideal location on mass street with great potential but even those 5 dollar specials are not worth that price. They oughta focus more on food and bev quality and wait service than on offering massages during open hours.

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Jake Angermeier 1 year, 1 month ago

Yo, jhawk1998, quit sippin' on that haterade and try a drink and a massage here before the judgement ( btw it's not a bar and grill. No food has ever been served there 98.) Aimee is a cool person and who cares if the drink specials suck. Free massages and Dr. Mario? Can't go wrong there, even if they don't have food like ya think.

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jhawk1998 1 year, 1 month ago

my bad. confused this with dynamite saloon. apologies jackpot

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Jake Angermeier 1 year, 1 month ago

That explains things. Dynamite is sorta lame...

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