by Andrew M. on
I usually go to this place on Tuesdays when it is primarily gay. It is a good party scene. The drinks are a little pricey so I usually stick to beer. The show is fun but it always seems like a tourist version of what a crazy New York burlesque show would be like. Instead of actually trying to do something unique, they go for pure shock value. It's still a good show, just not as amazing as it clearly thinks it is. I've never had a hard time getting in. I think the door policy might be slightly more relaxed on Tuesdays because it's a gay crowd so if you just want to see the show try going then. Also, I would really only give this place about 3 1/2 stars but I gave it five to balance out for the many people downthread who gave it 1 star because they couldn't make it past the door guy. Please don't judge a place you haven't set foot in. Also, like the free coat check.
by Jennifer L. on
Not bad. Pretty spacious inside, or was it because it was not poppin Saturday night? Well, there was a huge line outside, but thanks to a promoter friend, we got in quick and easy. I didn't pay for any drinks, but it seems that it's pricey, based on people's reviews. There's kind of a big area for smokers. There are 2 dance floors so it gives you the option of being in the main area where it's crowded, or on the other side, where it's not as packed. The dj was good so I'd come again. Hopefully it's more poppin next time.
by Elmer Tanenbaum on
Bowery Presents books a ton of great bands here (the Broken Social Scene show in January '06 was particularly strong) and the sound system can push a band's big sounds even bigger, but the venue all in all is kinda weird. Very cavernous and mazelike, pushy bouncers, not entirely comfortable. Sort of a buyer-beware situation - certain bands fit the venue well (i.e., Flaming Lips), others don't (i.e., Iron and Wine). It seems to be popular to play since it's a good bumper, size-wise, between playing the Bowery and playing Hammerstein. In all honesty, I'm usually wary of shows that play there.