Relax and unwind at The Siren, a late-night venue for music lovers of all kinds
“Big name musicians now have a great little venue to play between L.A. and San Francisco”
A mighty temptress of the sea, The Siren, is a sultry and happening local bayside bar, dinner hot spot, and music venue on the corner of Main and Harbor Street in Morro Bay. The Siren pays tribute to its dive bar history, and the mythological creatures that we all know and love-mermaids, luring unsuspecting mariners to their destruction while singing their ever enchanting songs.
The seaside venue that you see today was not always such a beautiful attraction. Previously known as Happy Jacks, and The Fuel Dock, the place had seen better days and was put on the market and sold to Kelly and Paul Boisclair in 2014. The Boisclairs moved to Morro Bay in March of 2008 from Clovis, California. The married couple of 33 years share a love for entertaining, and their lifelong dream to own a spot where they could host musicians and performers finally came to fruition.
The fairly recent renovation and relaunch in 2017 is a dream turned reality for the couple, who envisioned transforming the historic Morro Bay landmark into a glorious new spot for locals. The complete overhaul saw that the building was gutted and reinforced, to make way for greater things. The original building had quite a history, and in 1925, it began its life as a grocery store (wink wink!) When the prohibition ended in 1933, it became a full-fledged bar, which was known for serving the local community of fisherman, ranchers, and tourists.
The Siren honors its previous names by displaying the old outdoor neon signs indoors, brightly lit above the bar. The exposed bricks and ribs of the building can be seen, with an airy and high ceiling which lifts the mood and atmosphere. Warm, earthy wood tones mix with an industrial, outdoor-indoor feel at the bar, where you can enjoy a nice array of locally procured beverages. The owners put a lot of thought and love into creating a multi-functional space, which is appealing to the senses, yet captures the essence of what the Central Coast is all about.
The Boisclair family shared, “It has gone incredibly well, with a lot of local support from all over the Central Coast. We have a lot of regulars that enjoy the company, and to get a bite to eat. Our goal was to turn it into a community center,and after the city approved our renovations, the bar has become a happening spot for locals to enjoy.”
Visitors to The Siren can get up close and personal with musicians, who perform most nights of the week. Sit out back on their patio, and warm up by the cozy fireplace on a cool night, or enjoy a slider and a plate of wings while you watch a football game on one of the many screens inside. The thoughtfully arranged seating areas, pool tables, and dance floor are perfect for socializing, schmoozing, catching up and throwing back a few brewskis.
This tight ship is run by SLO local and general manager, Monte Schaller, who collects and reviews all of the talent that comes through their doors. Big-name musicians now have a great little venue to play between L.A. and San Francisco, which brings in an authentic, bustling crowd of die-hard music lovers. Owner Kelly Boisclair shared, “Music is blossoming, due to general manager Monte Schaller, and we are fortunate to have such great promoters, and acts.” She continued, “We are in love with the people of Morro Bay, who are non-judgemental, accepting, and we’ve had phenomenal support!”
The Siren’s transformation from dive bar into a hot music venue has locals very excited for more. A place where sailors, pirates, and wenches can be lured to a fun time of dancing, drinking, dinner and socializing.
The Siren is located at 900 Main St. in Morro Bay and is open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. Monday-Saturday, and 9 a.m. – 2 a.m. on Sundays. For more information, call 1 (805) 225-1312 or visit www.thesirenmorrobay.com.
– Cassandra Frey