by Christina Rogens on
Forget about theater-cum-concert venues where they strip out the seats, a la El Rey or the Wiltern. There is nothing better than one where they keep them in, like the Orpheum. Much like the Chicago Theater stole my heart when I first went to a concert there at sixteen, the majesty of these grand old theaters and the civilness that comes with forcing you into seated order can't be beat. That said, Chicago has the Orpheum beat on leg room -- as others have noted, it's awfully cramped. I guess you win if you're in the dead center, get there early, and never need to use the restrooms, but otherwise you'll be hopping up for others off and on or squeezing past already seated people when you arrive in SoCal style, fashionably late. Then again, who really sits during an entire concert? - so it makes it a little easier to maneuver around while the show's playing. The acoustics in this place are top-notch, and the sound lives up to its reputation. The view is great wherever you are, and will make you loathe mega-amphitheaters where you need a jumbotron. Parking is a breeze with several lots and garages nearby, and they are good enough to set you at ease of the sketchiness of the neighborhood. So, if a band you like comes to the Orpheum, count yourself lucky, pounce on some seats (no need to say "good" seats here!), and arrive early to soak in the environment. You're in for a treat.
by Kizzy Kierzewski on
All you can drink mimosa's is the highlight at this day time totally crackin' brunch party. I went after I had a cancellation on one Sunday afternoon and oh my god, I walked into a live DJ spinning, and people everywhere. I literally walked back out of the restaurant to make sure I was in the right place because it felt like a Friday night in the city. Great energy, the best French toast ever and old school cartoons playing at the bar. What more could you ask for. Gotta love it and if I could go every Sunday I most definitely would. Do go solo or just with 1 other person so that you can have a seat at the bar. Everytime I put my flute on top of the bar for a refill, it was refilled by the time Iooke back. Incredible! I will always be there in spirit.
by Kelly E. on
my friend first brought me here and i was a little wary as i had no idea what i was walking into, wellllll, now i bring ALL my friends here! this place is guaranteed fun for a night out with friends, especially if you all love to get drunk and sing along to classics. it's a great relaxed atmosphere (hence the peanut shells you throw on the floor) and THEY HAVE CIDER ON TAP (a majooorr plus for me). Crowd is always fun, the performers are always entertaining and taking requests. The one downside is for some reason they'll randomly institute covers and there is a two drink minimum if you get a table - but believe me, you'll want to stay for at least a few. really fun for tourists (but it's by no means a tourist bar)!
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