by Ana F. on
I'm guessing this place is hit or miss depending on the night. Went here on a Saturday night so I could finally be a drunk mess with my cousin - she's lived in NYC most of our lives so this was a rare opportunity to celebrate being in New York with her. I was expecting the line to be a little bit of a mess, but we got there pretty early at 11:30 and luckily the bouncers pulled us out of the line to get in. $20 cover yadda yadda yadda...isn't that how NYC is? Thank god we got in JUST BEFORE it started pouring. The downstairs area reminds me a little bit of a smaller Vegas club. There are tables surrounding a middle dancing area and a giant disco ball overhead. It's like a mini version of Tryst! My favorite part of the place is definitely the UPSTAIRS lounge. Not only do they play better music, the bar is easier to get to, and there is a bathroom in the corner! We spent the remainder of the night getting drunk on Bombay Sapphire and tonic (a new fave, even though I rarely drink gin), listening to LMFAO, and spying on all of the random bachelorette parties and hipster/model groups. Such a mixed crowd but it got way better around 1 AM and I had so much fun goofin' off at this club. There were people to watch, people to dance with, people to laugh at (a lof of those), and people to talk to. The crowd was pretty friendly but not to the point of being sexually harassed. I'd go back to Marquee but I'd rather have table service and bring a lot of friends - otherwise it's just a place to drop by to dance. There are way too many bachelorette parties and groups of female tourists from the Midwest and it gets a little annoying; again, it's like a mini-Vegas!
by barry C. on
I must say to go from the J. Lo owned former Conga Room to this is pretty impressive. Went here in 07' to watch my Tarheels in the NCAA tourney (sorry USC fans) and went again to watch Pats vs. Jags on Saturday. Not a great place but not lame either. Fairly decent patrons for a sports bar and good mix of ethnicities as well. If you go, do the hoop shoot thingy and see if you can beat my boy's 91. If so, the waitresses will buy you and your party a round of shots!
by Leigh Singer on
There's not too much that can be said that hasn't been said here already, but since I just came back from there tonight, and have been there several times before, I figured I'd give my 2 cents (or about 2.6 euro cents). My first clubbing experiences actually began here, after I had moved back home to the Bay from school in LA, so it'll always have sort of a special place in my heart. The first few times I came out here, I met some really "nice" people, and overall enjoyed the atmosphere. I thought it looked classy on the inside, and the very diverse crowd reflected he diversity of my group of friends, so there was sort of something for everyone. The VIP area looks very nice and exclusive as well, but I don't see myself in there anytime in the near future. The drinks are weak and expensive ($10 each), so it's a good idea to do your business before hand, otherwise getting a nice buzz can be very costly. Recently though the female/male ratio--the most important stat for any club in my opinion ;)--has steadily decreased since I've been...with guys generally outnumbering the girls by a sizeable amount. However there are still a good number girls to make going worthwhile. The biggest negatives about the place that I have though is in regards to both the inside and outside. Inside, and especially in the bottom floor is extremely crowded, making it hard to navigate, dance, and makes for lots of feet stepping, which really sucks. This then leads to the inevitable fights that others have mentioned here, but that I've witnessed just once..though you can feel the tension at times with the elbowing and fighting for position. However outside the club may be the dealbreaker in terms of us going there again. As mentioned here, the tenderloin district is not exactly the most prosperous in SF, and you'll see lots of homeless people around. If you park on the street, which we normally do, you'll likely find someone going up to you asking for money...which happened tonight. We generally abide by these for safety of mind to what can happen to our car..and maybe good karma. However the payoff did not work out so well tonight--we gave a homeless woman, who straight up told us she wanted a beer, so we donated to her alcohol fund. We then went inside 181, which has one of the longest guest list lines that I've ever seen, however the pay line is almost always completely empty...had the usual, fun experience, only to come back to our car with my friend discovering that his jacket was missing, along with the change in his car, as well as a checkbook. Definitely a good way to completely spoil the night. Essentially then, is that this is one of the trendiest and popular clubs in SF, with an extremely diverse, and rather good looking crowd, complete with crowded dance floors and overpriced drinks. It's stylish for sure on the inside, but the outside is a complete contrast to the inside. Bottom line: Fun for a special occassion, but not really a go to, Friday night in the town sort of deal.