by Shelagh P. on
I went to Home this past weekend for my friend's birthday and actually didn't hate it! I had low expectations considering the reviews I'd read and the fact that in general I just don't like clubs. But I had a good time, even though I recognize that this was probably circumstantial. Soo... Pros: -It's pretty inside. Pretty couches, pretty lighting, pretty waitstaff. -In addition to being pretty, the staff was surprisingly friendly. When I walked in I expected haughtiness but it really was the opposite. -If you have enough people to make the price even out, get bottle service so you can sit on said pretty couches. It was nice to have our own area in the beginning because we were able to just sit and talk. It was helpful as the night progressed and the place got packed, because it offered refuge when your feet started to hurt or the crowds got irritating. -Shaq was there! I could care less about basketball but I was excited nonetheless. -SOME of the music was really good. Intermittently. Which brings me to... Cons: -Our DJ had at least six personalities. The music was SO random. I like variety, but this was just manic. Also, he was awful at mixing and there would be these long pregnant pauses when he was clearly fumbling for what to play next. I didn't really pick up on it at first but David seemed horrified and after that I noticed it consistently throughout the night. -So expensive! We got bottles between a whole bunch of us which made it somewhat more manageable, but it was still rather absurd. Especially considering they apparently couldn't even fork out the cash for a decent DJ. All in all though, it's a good time. Not my usual scene, but good for a big night out if you're willing to spend some cash and elbow through some crowds.
by Nga Gilman on
At risk of getting a hit put out on my ass, Icer Air isn't the only one bringing snow to San Francisco. Supposedly... I needed a steak Friday night and walked by Bruno's and it was actually open! And hardly anybody was inside! And there was steak on the menu! So exciting. Then we tried to get food and drinks. When I asked if the Old Fashioned or the Manhattan had an orange, our server informed me that she thought the Manhattan had bourbon in it. Huh? It was funny because I could see the bar and on the mirror in giant writing was a description of their Manhattan featuring Makers Mark. Not good. Ordered a steak, medium rare, with potatoes. What can I say, I'm traditional! Our server came back three times to confirm how I wanted it cooked, what the side was, did I want a steak. As Honey commented, she was PROBABLY working between the lines. I thought maybe she was just new. A long, ice melting while later we got our drinks. It was the worst Old Fashioned ever. Couldn't even finish it and I hate to waste good booze. But the steak was even worse! It seemed to be half assed fermented in some kind of indecipherable spice concoction that would taste vaguely familiar and mysteriously good at first, then burn like pure MSG a second later. It was one of the most frustrating dining experiences I have ever had. And the potatoes were cold. That's when Honey, whose drugdar had been going off the entire time, informed me that it is common to not really care about how food or drinks taste when indulging in the nose candy, since you can't really taste anything. Allegedly. Here is a recipe for an Old Fashioned for the hard working staff at Bruno's. If you are just really dumb and not high, I apologize for implying otherwise: 2 oz bourbon whiskey 2 dashes Angostura bitters 1 splash water 1 tsp sugar 1 maraschino cherry 1 orange wedge Mix sugar, water and angostura bitters in an old-fashioned glass. Drop in a cherry and an orange wedge. Muddle into a paste using a muddler or the back end of a spoon. Pour in bourbon, fill with ice cubes, and stir.