by Gustavo J. on
If you're coming here for a live show, I already have to apologize to you. The sound in the Grand Ballroom is deplorable for rock bands as the room is essentially built/renovated for drum and bass techno type sounds. I've once gone an entire concert there without hearing the vocals at all. That's 3 bands, no vocals, all night. Drowned out by the bass, drum, and guitar, completely not present in the mix. Was there even a mix? As a venue or club, it is definitely very nice. The Grand Ballroom is very charming and has a very good atmosphere about it. If good DJs or electronic acts are playing, you'll probably have a very good time. The Marlin Room I find a bit skeevy and while it's OK to dance in for a couple of minutes, the DJ usually plays out novelty top 40. The basement was too crowded to even attempt the times I've attended. I'm not very big on judging the places I attend by the crowds that I encounter there being that it isn't necessarily the place's fault that they've started drawing upon certain demographics, but I will say this, Webster Hall potentially draws the worst of the worst, and it does so frequently. I suspect that as a direct result, security and staff aren't very nice or welcoming. Simple door procedures shouldn't be all that complicated, especially for a club that has been in existence for 20 odd years. But instead of organization, the bouncers rarely know what's going on and guide the people (most of whom are dumb and annoying -- seek nightlife alternatives NYers) like dazed and confused cattle. If there's something good and cheap going down here, I'll definitely check it out. The douchebag parade is definitely amusing here and there. But if I had to attend this place more than once or twice a year, I would be a very unhappy camper.
by Cathleen Wingham on
This place gets props for their multimedia rateclubs video thing! (are you seeing this up there) I haven't experienced THIS before. Steee-RIKE, Bowlmor. I think this place is a lot of fun and I like the vibe of the bowling alley cum sleek bar with music videos, but I do think it's a bit too expensive (though not as bad as Chelsea Piers). Good for a fun group event, but I couldn't make it a habit.
by Alexis B. on
For a "Let's bitch about the men in our lives" night, this place is unbeatable. Gathered here for a bitch fest one night, got tipsy off blueberry martinis (hello!) and watched as a bachelor party for both the bachelors came in and took over the piano room while one of their guests (or maybe he was just a performer) did some strut performance to "Sexyback" I need to come back here when I'm in a mood to really appreciate this place for what it is, a gay martini and piano bar. And with a description like that, I would be shocked, SHOCKED, if I didn't find it just as appealing.