by Teddy Tibbert on
Being at the King Cole Bar on a weekday afternoon is one of my favorite experiences in NYC. The Old King Cole mural is incredible, Gavin the bartender makes a very strong vodka & soda, the peanuts/wasabi peas/pretzels are perfect snacks, & the other patrons are friendly & interesting. The only drawback, the eventual bar tab. This place is not cheap.
by Sean Berceir on
Tonight we're gonna party like it's 1994! I was at Blockbuster not too long ago with my sister and found myself singing along to the Spice Girls "Wannabe" as it blared through the store's speakers. One of the workers caught me singing, laughed, and said "catchy huh?" Yes, in fact it was embarrassing first of all that I got caught, but second of all, that I knew all the lyrics to this song. I was here this past Saturday for the Club 1994 party and re-lived this Blockbuster moment for 4 glorious hours with other people who I'm sure were equally embarrassed to admit that they knew all the lyrics to all kinds of 90s pop hits circa "Wannabe." We got there pretty early and at first they were playing some 90s hip hop and R&B. As we waited for more people to show up (this place was pretty packed by the end of the night) I thought to myself, well ok, not too different - they play these jams at other bars/clubs in the city. So we proceeded to scope out the scene and got a few drinks. We even took pictures. The photographer there was not just any photographer but there was a cloud backdrop where you could strike your best poses a la 90s high school dance party. These pictures slide-showed throughout the night on the wall behind the bar - pretty awesome. On another wall was a slideshow montage of pop 90s culture video clips ranging from Princess Diana and Monica Lewinsky to Beverly Hills 90210 and Fresh Prince, you get the picture. By the time the drinks had settled in, the music got less and less "Notorious BIG"-like and more and more "Britney Spears"-like. And by then - we all didn't care - we were screaming out the lyrics to those jams and dancing like there was no tomorrow. The crowd was surprisingly diverse - it was really nice to see so many of San Francisco's scenes singing and grooving together in unison to some Ace of Base. You need to check your shame at the door when you come to this party. Once you get that out of the way though - you're all set for fun! It is a small bar and the music is deafening to the sober ear. Of course, no one here really is sober - so be prepared for some major ear ringing post-club. Strangely enough, if you want a break from the noise, the bathrooms are library quiet - my friend and I found ourselves whispering in there because it was so quiet. The main room gets really crowded and can be unbearable after a few hours of high energy screaming and grooving with other sweaty partygoers. If you need a break, or you somehow find yourself starting to sober up, kick off your shoes and relax your feet and party on down to the side room. The side room plays equally as awesome music, has a stage, and offers a more subdued (but still fun!) alternative to the main room. Big thumbs up to the party promoters - they really excelled in putting together a cohesive and enjoyable themed night. Definitely can't wait to be back.
by Sabrina Anna C. on
Ehhh... At best... So this place is the old Bricks. And they may have well just left the name Bricks... Its EXACTLY the same. Nothing has changed. Not one piece of decor or colored light bulb has been altered. A nightclub like anyother, its a shame they didn't do more with the space because it has so much potential. Not only is there a huge first floor with seperate VIP section, but the venue also has an upstairs and rooftop to satisfy all partying pleasures. So why the bad review? Maybe it was because it was opening night, maybe it was the crowd... It was my friend's birthday and we know the promoter that was hosting the Grand Opening. So we walked right up (mind you, it was 11:30 and the outside was already PACKED - and the bouncers were ushering everyone onto the sidewalks) and immediately were taken care of by Fabian, the promoter. His Manager immediately starts trying to get us to buy a bottle, which was our intention, but we wanted to make sure we liked the place before we committed to drinking a whole bottle! Glad we weren't persuaded to buy it at that moment, because we left about an hour later. Now, don't get me wrong, I can have fun anywhere, and as pics will show, we had a great night. :) We were comped a bottle of champagne since it was my friend's birthday, and they had an open bar til 1am. Pretty much we left after the open bar! The scene in there was just not my cup of tea. The people inside and out in line were pretty ghetto (no offense) and sleezy... Eww. And the girls were all in some kind of a skin-showing competition I guess... I don't think I'll go back. Maybe if I hear that the crowd changed or if the scene steps it up.... Maybe...