The Caliph (Closed Permanently)

89% love it
GayCities Members report that The Caliph has closed
Accepting everyone since 1960
This friendly piano and karaoke bar attracts a mostly older crowd each night of the week. A nice outdoor patio is a great place to grab a table for a conversation with friends.


    • drewinsd
      drewinsd Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Should be shut down
      Bad Place and Should be Shut Down Don't even waist you time . This place is in a strip mall type of location. There were only 3 other people in the bar at 10 pm on a Friday. This place should be shut down. They had an old and really old like in their 80s duet singing that sounded like cats that had been run over. We are in our 50's and we thought it all sucked. Head to Hillcrest if you want a good place and don't waist your time at the Caliph!

    • jiminsalem
      jiminsalem Over a year ago
      Hates it

      pass on this one
      My husband and I love piano bars so thought we'd check this out while visiting and we couldn't even finish it before leaving. It was full of loud, drunk, straight middle aged women and a few hapless guys they dragged along. I wouldn't have minded but they just kept shreiking at the top of their lungs. the piano player was playing to them too...all "waisting away again in margaritaville music.

    • djmirod
      djmirod Over a year ago

      I would say this place has not been made over since Sinatra designed it himself. It definately draws the older crowd, so dont be surprised if your the only one checked in here when you go,

    • fitandsolid
      fitandsolid Over a year ago
      Hates it

      For better or worse, everything except the exterior paint is old here. From the decor to the customers to the Marilyn Monroe statue above the tiny patio. Piano acts and karaokee with mostly show tunes adds to the nostalgic atmosphere, and most younger patrons are one-half of a May/December relationship. Friday nights are not as busy as they used to be when they got spillover from the massively attended happy hour on the rooftop of the Park Manor Suites across the street (known as "Top Of The Park", now relocated in The Glass Door in Little Italy). Caliph also gets props for remaining opening during the 8-hour power-outage of September 2011, with many guests enjoying candlelit cocktails and sandwiches while listening to the news updates on generator-powered radio while all surrounding businesses were dark!

    • hughesowenjt
      hughesowenjt Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Nothing But A Good Time!!!
      I love this place!!! The drinks were fine and the bar staff seemed to be able to read lips. I say that because it can get a bit loud with the patrons all singing at the same time, but that makes for a fun atmosphere. Nice patio for a more quiet and intimate conversation, too.

    • Gaytravelers
      Gaytravelers Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Wonderful Piano Bar
      enjoying piano bars as we do, we really enjoyed this bar. Friendly bartenders and customers and we LOVED the entertainment.

    • gayngrayin
      gayngrayin Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great People..Fun Staff..Fabulous Entertainment!!!
      I have spent many hours enjoying the entertainment here and getting to know the regulars..Great neighborhood lounge..Highly recommend this place...

    • shawna_lynn
      shawna_lynn Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Awsome Times!!!
      The Caliph is a great little local bar! Friday and Saturday nights are the best. Vibrant crowd. Everyone is welcome! Entertainment starts at 8pm and is hot fun! Age range is 21 to 60 but everyone is active and lively. This is my "home" bar. The owner is an awsome Guy!

    • KenCT
      KenCT Over a year ago
      Loves it

      A Good Place to Start
      Always dimly lit no matter what time of day, with regulars, mostly older, dropping by for a cocktail or two before moving on. Patrons are genuinely friendly and welcoming to visitors. Definitely an attitude-free zone.

    • markSD
      markSD Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Not the best
      The bar would be better if some of the OVER 60 crowd would stop drenching themselves in cheap Aqua Velva? or whateve the hell it was. Blue Velvet was good, but the rest ... for get it

    • eurocalicub
      eurocalicub Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Intimate & Friendly
      This interestingly Turkish/Arabic themed piano lounge was intimate, with friendly staff and locals. The crowd was pleasantly light and mixed on the weekend in the early evening. Located directly across the street is the gay-friendly Park Manor Hotel & Restaurant, which are also great!

    • sylvan
      sylvan Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Fun and comfortable for EVERYONE
      Friendly, well-mannered crowd. Women and straights welcome. Leviticus, vocalist and piano player on Saturday nights is GREAT!!!