by Jamika Larive on
Went in this Wed night to get away from the housemates. Was not in the most upbeat manner. Found the place boring. Football on all screens jukebox cut off. Bunch of old guys mostly. The rest were mostly fat couples getting wasted and guys with to much sideburns. Then a couple of brothers (black men) also old walked in wearing their throw back Shaft leather jackets. Totally weird crowd! The bartender was a slim young woman that needs to go to bartending school. I watched her attempt to make cocktails with more than 2 ingredients. What a disaster! She over pours and under pours and added some ingredients like whiskey to what was suppose to be a long island! Pours the largest straigt shoots I have ever seen and I tell you I have been to bars like in MT, WY, AK and New Orleans and not seen anything close to this size of a shoot! Consulted with some off duty guy on how to make 6 Kamikazes (ended up being 5 and she had to make another that end up being 2.5 drinks instead of 1) and together with a book they came up with a cranberry version because, get this they have no lime juice! What sorta bar in the SW opens its doors without LIMES or LIME JUICE? The guy kept calling the drink Cosmos and I kept repeating I know the difference and the order was KAMIKAZES. Then he brings me the book and is still pointing out Cosmos! I verbally give the bartender the recipe for Kamikazes plus the variation for a blue one. Guy says you must make a lot of drinks! I say you want to hire me - I've got experience? I tell you if they want to keep the doors open they better get some help with bar and budget knowledge. The budget is being shoot by over pours and wrong pours and if the liquor control sees this they're certian to be busted/fined. Hey but the bartender knows how to wash glasses well so that was a relief to see. And it's true that drinks are about $4 though the sign says $5! LOL What an experience. I left confident in my bartending skills though I haven't poured in a month!
by Sarah E. on
Had my 25th birthday party here- brought a group of 20+ people. First off- Music was HORRIBLE. The DJ played shit until 1am and then finally started to play stuff other than rap and we could finally dance. Spent the first part of the night playing the carnival games which were a lot of fun but make sure you have the $$ to pay for the tickets because it can get expensive. I had table service and it went well, the Dunk Tank drink was really sugary and my friends were getting water or shots of vodka at the bar to even out the taste. I heard that the bar was expensive to order drinks from. I was very lucky and my group was allowed to take the elevator up and down and not deal with the million of stairs that people are posting about. Great place to go with a group and you really have to get a table to enjoy it I think. If I had gone with 5 of my friends I don't think that I would have had as much fun as I did. Really expensive for what you get but one of those "must do once" New York things. The workers are all very nice, from the game workers to the waitress' to the girl selling the tickets for the games. All very pleasant. Door policy is redic however. My friends were getting turned away for not having the right shoes on and they made one of the guys go home and change because he had shorts on. It really isn't that upscale of a place that he couldn't have shorts on. The best was when a guy in front of me tried to get in with sneakers: Doorman: "you're not getting in here with those sneakers on" Kid: "what am I supposed to do" DM: "there is a shoe place around the corner- go buy a pair" Kid: "what am I supposed to do with my sneakers then" DM: "throw them away." Doorman then kicked kid out of line and looked at me with my flipflops on (long story- started out the night in heels and the cab driver ended up with my heels and i was left with flipflops) which is not allowed at all apparently. I told him I had 20+ people going and bottle service and he said it was fine and let me in. I was very lucky he didn't make a stink about it. Best: good for groups games are fun- but totally rigged decorated really nicely- totally a top hat circus in there Worst: very expensive door policy music- all rap no dance stuff
by Lourdes Sienko on
Orgasmic jazz Orgasmic maguro Orgasmic caipirinha Wait, does this mean I actually ate seafood? Yes, indeed. Celebrating a friend's birthday with his sister and brother-in-law, we came for the Kurt Elling double show and dinner to start at Yoshi's restaurant. Probably the closest thing to the delicious ahi (maguro) I've had compared to when I had it from the Sea of Japan in a small town in Kanazawa, Japan. Buttery albacore carpaccio that is unprecendented. I didn't partake of the giant tiger prawns or adventurous rolls (not traditional sushi, but still pretty and seemed to sit well with everyone at the table). Kurobuta pork chop loin that was firm, but tender and covered in a sweet toned teriyaki. Seaweed salad you can keep, though - way to fishy for me. Afterwards, lstening to smooth jazz from Coltrain and Hartman, complete with a talented piano man in blue patent shoes, neat glasses of Maker's Mark and a bowl of homemade "Cracker Jacks" that I haven't seen any restaurant feature on their menu. Giant Sand Party rave in Oakland to finish. I can safely say I covered a broad spectrum of music and venues in one evening and look very much forward to coming back to Yoshi's for feature shows, cocktails and a la carte portions.