by Myrtice Merritts on
I've been to G. many times over the past few months, at one point I was going every weekend back when you still had to wait in line for half an hour (or longer) to get in, which is pretty rare for Philly nowadays. Why did we wait all that time in line? Why did we pay the $20 cover back when it was $20? Because it was worth it, the atmosphere at G. was second to none and it was worth the wait and the cover. FIRST IMPRESSIONS: The moment you walk in, you feel that same excitement you might have felt stepping into Denim the first time when that opened...bumpin' (but not too hard) dance beats, a mesmerising wall of colored light tiles (perfect for staring at if you get bored of the person talking your ear off), and beautiful people all around. Not only that, but I would always run into friends, and saying G. was a statement meaning that you knew about Philly's best kept secret for those yearning for a taste of the glamorous life, or an escape from everything else. THE LAYOUT: Layout of the place does a LOT better than most places as even the narrow areas aren't too cramped. There are two bars, one with a dance floor area, complete with sexy silhouette dancer, and one with couches, tables, a TV, etc., giving guests a choice between relaxing and rump shaking. There are also two main V.I.P. areas, separate from the club, but still very much a part of the place, and then there is "The Vault," which you can only be allowed in by invitation (anyone who isn't a high-roller, a friend of the Govbergs, or a celebrity need not apply). Bathrooms are nice and clean, usually until the end of the night. THE EXPERIENCE: You know that when you are here, you had better be on your A-game. If you are single, you are here to meet and mingle; if you are on a date, you are here to make sure no one steals your date; if you are an older man looking for a younger girl (thus stealing all the hot ones from young, up-and-coming gents like me), you are here to spend. Meeting people is very easy, provided you look and act like you belong. Drinks aren't cheap, but they are definately reasonable price-wise, I usually enjoy a simple vodka cranberry or pineapple. They can make you just about anything, just don't ask for a Tokyo Tea. SO WHY JUST A 4-STAR? If this were a couple months ago, I think I would have given G. a 5-star review, hands down. I am not entirely sure why I, or evidently everyone else, give it just 4. I guess after going so many times, you get to see the upside and the downside, you begin to have good nights and bad nights...if you've never been, you're first time is likely to be a great time, especially if you've been looking for a sleek, stylish nightclub. If you've been there before, you are likely to agree with me, the service and some of the people who hang there are less than stellar, but in this case, the juice is definately worth the squeeze. THE BOTTOM LINE: You get what you pay for, and it's worth it. EDIT, POST REVIEW: So I went back this past weekend (mid-May 08) for the first time in about 3 weeks. I noticed that the turnout has been a bit lower over the past month or two, and the girl:guy ratio is now more favoring guys...lots of them, many of whom don't really belong at G. While G is certainly still a great club, I don't think it will see a return (and a consistent one at that) to the hey-days when it first opened, which is a shame, but it's just kind of the way things work with Philly clubs like that one.
by Bonnie P. on
By far, the best thing about this place is the food. The food was FANTASTIC high end warm southern comfort food, and my stomach left feeling satisfied in a way I haven't in a while. The smoked gouda fritters appetizer, uniquely sprinkled with peanuts and scallions (four of my favorite things - cheese, peanuts, scallions, and BATTER!) were delicious. I had the vegetable plate for my entree. I was allowed to substitute mac & cheese for brussels sprouts, which literally filled me with glee. But not only were they willing to substitute it, they plated it beautifully even though that's not what it's supposed to look like. In addition to my M&C, on my plate was fried okra, lightly battered at an angle cut, and herbed mashed potatoes. On the side in a little skillet it came with collard greens in cheese. It was all delicious. All five of the other members in my party ordered the shrimp, scallops & grits and loved it. The service was a TAD iffy, though I thought our server was really funny and pleasant. However, they were out of several wines, and when the server came back to tell us, he offered alternative suggestions. We said alright, without looking at the menu item and price, and the bottles turned out to be much more expensive. I don't think this guy did it on purpose, but it was a little careless not to suggest something in a comparable price range. As a party of six girls, we were very satisfied with our location straight back by the windows, which afforded us a bit of quiet and privacy in the bustling restaurant. Finally, there was only one men's room and one ladies' room for the entire restaurant full of people. Yeah. Oh, and parking will cost you at least $5 if you can't find a good street spot.
by Erin M. on
I've only been here once, for Pinback. Of course, the show rocked. This is a cute, intimate venue as well. My only complaint is expensive drinks, but I guess that's a given. Also, I wouldn't reccommend doing dinner (at those fancy tables), at least not if you are a fan of whatever band is playing... its not a great view.