by Amaryllia L. on
I came with a party of 7 to celebrate a friend's birthday and was pleasantly surprised at the setup and ambiance of this place. I think mostly it was the high ceilings, which COULD be a standard for Atlantic Station restaurants, maybe?...but I have no idea cuz I try to avoid the crowds here most of the time. While we were waiting for everyone to arrive, I read up on the reviews here and was prepared for the sticker shock. We ordered 2 pomegranate margaritas, 2 guacamole (one spicy and one mild), a variety of entrees varying from the 18oz short ribs to the beef & seafood stew (this was me), and a chocolate cake. Overall, the guac was good, but only worth $5 maybe, definitely not $12. There was also no distinguishable difference between the spicy and non-spicy version, so we ended up using all the spicy green sauce that they provide on the side. The margaritas were so strong that they were almost undrinkable, which is crazy because my group of friends usually make the strongest and worst tasting drinks in the world, in my opinion. They described it as drinking Sour Patch Kids soaked in tequila, except only the sour part, no sweet whatsoever. With the entrees, we all got something different and had rice, beans, and sweet potato fries to share family-style. Everyone agreed that food was generally good for a few bites but quickly got kind of gross, mostly due to too much salt or sauce. The rice was definitely hard and undercooked, beans were the same as what you could get at any Mexican place, and the sweet potato fries were nothing special. The worst food of the night, though, was easily the chocolate cake. It was so dry that it crumbled as soon as someone stabbed their fork into it. Luckily, it came with a ton of sauce (in this case, chocolate) just like every other dish they serve so that made it almost edible. Total damage for 2 drinks, 2 apps, 7 entrees, and 3 sides was around $275...so around $40/person. We asked the waiter if he could split the check and apparently they can only split one check up to 4 ways so we split it 4 ways and then had to do some addition divying up on our own. Sorry, Rosa Mexicano, I won't be coming back.
by Meka S. on
My cousin just celebrated a birthday here, and of course I went to show some love. He bragged about how poppin the club gets, so I was excited to go. FIRST off , who puts a dance floor right by the entrance of the freaking club? The entire time we were dancing there were people walking in and out of the club. It got so tiresome. And its not like we could have moved..the dance floor is super tiny. The second room was oddly done too. Fire logs in the center of the room, lol. Really? Music - front room plays a variety--hip hop/spanish/dance/top 40s. Second room plays 80s/new wave. Crowd- older spanish people who think they can still wear tight 15 dollar dresses from the swapmeet. A few asians here and there too. But predominatly spanish. And not too many attractive people. Restrooms- were disgusting! one bathroom only had one toilet ...lol. and the other had two toilets, but the lock on the door was broken! Fix your damn doors! Cover- we were on the list, so got in free. I would NOT pay to get into this place..just not worth it. I would go back if I got in for free. I just hate dancing in tiny dance floors because you are constantly getting hit or feeling a drink spill on your floor! yuck! If they changed the set up it would be alot better!
by Anya Zucchetto on
This place has become my favorite nightclub in Austin, if not solely because of Car Stereo (Wars). If Beauty Bar has realized anything, its that good music attracts a good crowd. They have some pretty dance-friendly beats of some pretty off-the-wall musicians like MIA, Bonde do Role, LCD Soundsystem, Daft Punk, RaTaTat and lots of other great stuff that you probably won't hear in any of the other clubs in Austin. Naturally, this kind of music, combined with the self-aware campy atmosphere of a 50's hair salon, and the name of the place attracts a pretty eclectic crowd. You find some people dressed to impress, looking like they just came out of a Gucci ad, and others dressed like emo kids, some in complete grunge. Most attire is actually pretty laid back. I saw a guy wearing plastic glasses with fake cardboard-painted eyes on them. That sort of oddity just seems standard. Its fun. This place is not nearly as pretentious as one would expect, at least to me. It is way better than some of the valet-parking self-impressed lounges in the warehouse district. The female/male ratio here seemed to be quite high. I'm guessing because most guys (including pretty much all of my friends) aren't too interested in even trying a place called "Beauty Bar". Those that are comfortable with the name - enjoy. Oh, and people actually dance. And pretty decently, for the most part. My only complaint is that their website doesn't always reflect who is actually playing that weekend. I've gone a couple Saturday nights hoping for Car Stereo, only to be disappointed with some band or DJ I've no interest in seeing. They do keep their MySpace page mostly up to date, it seems.