Everything you ever wanted to know about the Gulu but were afraid to ask
Entertainment & Events (20)
To start the process, email us at music@GuluGuluCafe.com - send us a link to your MySpace page or your personal website. If we like what we hear we’ll email you back. Please understand that we don’t get to check our email every … Continue reading
Besides the Wednesday Night Open Mic we have music an additional 4 nights a week. Thursday night is set up for smaller performers just starting out and the evening can feature up to 3 performers. The night pays $100. More … Continue reading
Yep. CDs, T-shirts, … the works. Go crazy!
We have capacity for 94 or so (80 inside & 14 on the patio).
Yep, two powered speakers, 2 monitors, a PA, and 2 microphones. Our sound guy Lucas will help you get set up so you sound awesome! Please note we no longer allow bands to bring their own amps - that’s why we have … Continue reading
Shows start at 8:00 and finish up before midnight. Load in is at 7PM.
The performance space is more like a living room – we have a small small stage but it’s not wicked big.
Sure. We ask that you be aware of the space that you are performing in. For example some performers have featured drums, but the drums were muffled as to not drive everyone crazy. We would like our neighbors to continue … Continue reading
Should you like to have someone open for you, please let us know so that we can approve it. Please provide as much information as possible including links to any band websites, etc.
Local radio (WFNX). Newspapers (The Phoenix, Salem News, Salem Gazette, Salem Insider, Art Throb, Salem Patch). Fliers. The Internets. Honestly we are still trying to figure that out ourselves. Word of mouth is always the best – tell all your friends!
Gulu-Gulu Café – 247 Essex St, Salem MA. 01970
Wednesday night is the Gulu Wednesday Night Open Mic (facebook) and is hosted by local superstars Jeff Savlon and Brian Donnelly. Sign-up is at 7:30 and the music & mayhem starts at 8PM. Please be aware that the signup sheet fills up very … Continue reading
Drop us an email at art@GuluGuluCafe.com with a link to your work. All work is for sale and shows rotate every month. Currently we are booked through 2012 – check out our Featured Artists page to see current and upcoming art. Just a heads … Continue reading
Here at the Gulu, we love the Red Sox. In fact, there is usually a fight when the Sox are playing a good game as to who will have the night off to watch it. But our café is for … Continue reading
Sometimes I hear jazz at the café, but other times I hear rock or hip-hop. I don’t like rap. Why do you play music like that?
We enjoy diversity in all things at the Gulu, from the art and the food to the music. We do our best at the Gulu to provide everyone with a friendly, laid-back and relaxing atmosphere. Basically we believe that good … Continue reading
As long as it doesn’t involve a pole, we’re pretty cool with it.
Basically it is wireless internet access. With the assistance of your laptop and an internal/ external wireless card you too can access the wonders of the Information Superhighway.
Yes. We are happy to provide people with free wi-fi and a cover-free open mic, but as a result we need you to be a respectful customer and buy something. You are enjoying our atmosphere and taking up a table, … Continue reading
If you have headphones feel free.
Nope. But you’re free to bring your own laptop.
General Questions (18)
We realize that it is part of the North Shore’s culture to put an “A” at the end of everything. However… we are NOT Gula-Gula. Gulu-Gulu Café: Goo (as in goulash or goo-goo ga-ga). Loo (as in Cindy Loo, or … Continue reading
Gulu-Gulu means “glug-glug” (the sound you make while drinking) in French. It was the name of a café in Prague where Steve and Marie (the owners) met and fell in love.
Downtown Salem is a great place going through a significant transition. It has great architecture, is walking distance to the ocean, and is right on the Commuter rail line to downtown Boston. It also sports a great artist community, great … Continue reading
Great thanks! How are you? Seriously – we are rockin! We have a loyal weekly lunch crowd, a hopping night time music scene, and some great regulars. Keep on coming!
You can sign up at the door of the café or online at www.GuluGuluCafe.comcontact.asp.
Check out www.GuluGuluCafe.com/location.asp.
Maybe someday… In the meantime we are working on opening the Flying Saucer Pizza Company next door! Look for it sometime in Summer 2012!
We are very proud of our funky, eclectic décor at the Gulu. The couches are brand new, purchased for the café by Steve and Marie. The chairs and tables are a mix of old and new, some gotten from restaurant … Continue reading
Of course they are! We celebrate everyone, including midget types, here at the Gulu. Just keep in mind that on some nights we have loud music and DJs, and we have spotted people consuming beer and wine. Use your best … Continue reading
We are an everybody club – all are welcome at the Gulu!
Coffee, art, love, puppies, good food, beer, and wine. We believe in equality, fairness and happiness for everybody.
Metered parking is available in front of the cafe for 2 hours at a time. There are tons of parking garages/ lots in downtown Salem as well. For entertainment at night or dinner, parking is available for free after 5 … Continue reading
It’s been done in the past. Drop us a line at info@GuluGuluCafe.com.
We are always happy to serve your business needs. Please be respectful of the staff and other patrons by ordering food and drinks and realizing that we can’t turn off the music to accommodate you. You cannot bring your own … Continue reading
Sure thing! We love book clubs! Please call ahead to let us know you’ll be coming so we can be prepared, and remember to order something if you’ll be staying.
We are happy to provide the Boston Globe for our customers to enjoy while they are here. We usually have a stack of the Boston Phoenix as well.
Sure! Check out www.GuluGuluCafe.com/Merchandise.asp. We are always designing some new styles so be on the lookout! Plus we have mugs, beer glasses, tote bags, and MORE!
Hiring & Staff (4)
Most people that work at the Gulu end up working for us for a while. That said, from time to time we are hiring. We look for talented people who aren’t afraid to work hard and have fun. Personality is … Continue reading
Many cafés around Europe have a mascot and since we are styled after European cafés we felt we needed one too. Jack is a Boston Terrier and is the honorary Gulu-Gulu Café mascot. Our newest doggie Charlie is a pug and currently is wrapping … Continue reading
They has some issues typing (lack of fingers will do that), but they will do their absolute best!
Nope. (Unless your name is Brad Pitt…)
History of Gulu (3)
Yep. They sure did. They had their wedding party there too!
Sorta – the vibe is definitely the same. Like the current Gulu, the old Gulu was a coffee bar during the morning hours and more of a wine bar in the evening. We have done more with the food, music, … Continue reading
Menu & Dining (15)
What you see is what we are – the majority of the kitchen is right next to the bar. All the food prep is done downstairs. We don’t have a fryer or stove.
The bottom line is that we are not big fans of dark French roasted coffees…When coffee is roasted dark, the beans get burned, masking the flavor of the actual coffee and producing a bitter tasting roast. We serve a medium … Continue reading
This is the basis of our panini sandwiches. Fresh, locally baked thick crust Italian bread. Yummy!
We like to do things a little bit differently here – there are tons of great places right downtown to get a traditional American breakfast. But if you want to be a daredevil try one of our breakfast sandwiches or … Continue reading
We believe in delivering you the freshest possible products. That means that occasionally we run out of popular menu items, even though we try our hardest not to.
Yep! We have packages ready to go.
There are a couple reasons. One is that the staff you see is the staff we have. There are no busy little monkeys downstairs making your sandwich or opposable thumbed sharks doing dishes. The other reason is that our panini … Continue reading
We do have a very large collection of hard to find beers and wines. We also serve a selection of cordials including Becherovka and Slivovitz from Eastern Europe. We even have dessert martinis! Who needs a rum and coke?
We do our best to be a little different here at the Gulu, and that means offering you some of the best of what is out there, that’s a little different than what you could find everywhere else. Keep an … Continue reading
Sorry – we like to be viewed as a family-friendly, laid back café. We are not a bar, and at this stage we don’t feel that offering hard liquor would be conductive to keeping this atmosphere. That said, we do … Continue reading
Yes we do, and we mix up the selection all the time -we think that keeps things new and exciting. Currently we have 24 draft lines. We also feature a cask on the 1st Thursday of the month.
Tipping, while not mandatory is pretty customary in the service industry, and is always greatly appreciated. The rule of thumb is 10% of the total bill for good service, 15% for great service, 20% for exceptional service. So if you … Continue reading
Absolutely! Loose tea comes in a stainless steel tin for your steeping enjoyment.
Yes we do! E-mail us at catering@GuluGuluCafe.com for more info.