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The sign’s logo—though not the sign itself—re-appeared a couple weeks ago over the back entrance of Freddie J’s, a bar on Third Street, to the confusion of a host of show-goers. The mix-up has extended online to Facebook and Yelp, where rival pages with variations on the Back Bar name show up. A new placard with a similar monochromatic scheme recently took its place at the original Back Bar, this one with geographic designation: “Back Bar SoFA.”
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Back Bar Sofa

Hip hop, live rock and punk, djs and more, Back Bar SoFA brings some cutting edge shows to downtown San Jose. In the SoFA district, this small night club is continuing its location legendary status with killer shows.
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Back Bar Sofa

“I was here first,” Kouchekey says flatly, defending his claim that the Back Bar title belongs to him and him alone. “No question. Here since 1986. Same bar. Same name. We are the original Back Bar.”
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Back Bar Sofa

In February, Nevin surprised Kouchekey by setting up shop behind Freddie J’s with the same name: Back Bar. The upside was location, even if the new bar lacked a stage and license to host plugged-in rock shows. Nevin’s Back Bar is straight across the street from the Rock Shop, which gives his attendees a place to grab a drink and maybe catch an acoustic set before heading across Third Street for the main act.
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The newly envisioned Back Bar celebrated a packed re-opening in November, the day before Thanksgiving. The event doubled as a homecoming show for self-described “comedic goon-core shit punk” band Trashkannon. People knocked back beers and shots, perused an accompanying art show and listened to a few favorite local bands. At the time Nevin talked about how excited he was to add another venue to the mix, especially in the SoFA district, which he considered in dire need of an artistic revival.
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A white pickup pulls up to the Back Bar on South Market Street in downtown San Jose. A couple men hop out, pull a ladder from the truck bed and prop it up outside the storefront. They proceed to take down a black-and-white sign bearing the bar’s name. Minutes later, they hoist it into the vehicle, casually get back in the cab and drive off.
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Kouchekey, who ran a nightclub in Fremont, stepped in a couple years later. He renovated the building, which had taken an impressive thrashing after 14 years as an unruly rock venue, and divvied it up into a few separate clubs—Beso’s in the front, Miami Beach Club in the middle and the Back Bar on the Market Street side. The focus shifted from live rock shows to house and Latin music. Eventually, Back Bar lapsed into underuse, opening for dance parties just two to three nights a week.

Went dancing here at Touch Bass's event last Wed.. Great venue- lots of danceable space, cool outdoorsy feeling secondary bar area, and friendly, efficient bartender. I will be back. Thanks, Back Bar!
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“I don’t think there’s any point in making this negative,” says Nevin, who was one of the two individuals to remove the SoFA Back Bar sign mentioned above. “It’s just that the concept moved. We took it somewhere else and tried to sustain it.”
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While there are two Back Bars for the time being, they co-exist but do not cooperate. Both clubs claim the same handle, have the same red-and-black decor and share an ambition to host the best live music in downtown. Pierre Kouchekey, a corpulent straight-talker who has a reputation for being a bit brash, owns the SoFA joint. Dave Nevin, a rail-thin upstart, is the impresario of San Jose Rock Shop.
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Kouchekey argues that he’s responsible for sustaining the city’s rock heritage, which pre-dates his ownership of the venue. His Back Bar occupies a corner of what used to be The Cactus Club, where the stage was once graced by the likes of Nirvana, Flock of Seagulls, Suicidal Tendencies and Pearl Jam before they vaulted into the national consciousness. When vice cops and the city closed down Cactus Club a dozen years ago, the city lost its revered all-ages venue.
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Last fall, Nevin approached Kouchekey about reviving the Back Bar as a live music stage. Since opening in 2008, the Rock Shop has become a successful all-ages platform for rock shows. But it lacks a liquor license, which means the live-show experience is a strictly sober affair.
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Meanwhile, Kouchekey’s Back Bar is currently in the middle of a weeks-long “Rock the Block” battle of the bands. Winner takes $2,000. On the poster advertising the event, Kouchekey slapped on the old Cactus logo in an attempt, he says, to appeal to musicians’ sense of nostalgia about the place.
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I came here last night with some friends to watch my friends' band rock out! This place as a venue for a concert isn't bad at all! It was my first time checking this place out, and it is actually bigger than I thought. It has an indoor patio area, and it also has two bar areas. They are both pretty big and the service is quick and helpful to give drinks. Prices are fair, not overpriced for a bottle of beer (about $4-5). The crowd is pretty cool too. Overall; I had a lot of fun, and would come back again!
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I came here last night with some friends to watch my friends' band rock out! This place as a venue for a concert isn't bad at all!It was my first time checking this place out, and it is actually bigger than I thought. It has an indoor patio area, and it also has two bar areas. They are both pretty big and the service is quick and helpful to give drinks. Prices are fair, not overpriced for a bottle of beer (about $4-5). The crowd is pretty cool too.Overall; I had a lot of fun, and would come back again!
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With three main rooms—one of which is technically the adjacent Miami Beach Club—BackBar SoFa, has a little bit of everything. Strong drinks, a patio and an appreciation for all kinds of music. You’re just as likely to hear an up-and-coming local rapper, as you are a touring metal band. Punk, alternative, hip-hop, Latin… even the occasional burlesque show. It all gets play at BackBar. Its a great place to start or end a night of live music.
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About With three main rooms—one of which is technically the adjacent Miami Beach Club—BackBar SoFa, has a little bit of everything. Strong drinks, a patio and an appreciation for all kinds of music. You’re just as likely to hear an up-and-coming local rapper, as you are a touring metal band. Punk, alternative, hip-hop, Latin… even the occasional burlesque show. It all gets play at BackBar. Its a great place to start or end a night of live music.
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“He said he’d bring in his own guys to work the bar, he’d bring the audience and the talent,” Kouchekey says. “I said, ‘OK, I give you the place and we can work together on this.’”
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Had a very bad experience there with management and the security guard. Had a slip and fall over a spilt cocktail that was never cleaned up, when I complained the security guard had no care and blamed it on me, when I spoke to the owner he seemed to care and tried to handle the situation.Course we never got the drinks he offered to buy us, & now I'm 86 from the bar. on top of that my knees are bleeding next day have black and blue bruises all over my legs. Makes no sense..

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