by amber m. on
I'm a total sucker for their 50s western ambiance. For shame, I wanted to go home and change my outfit. I was really delighted with their caesar salad, (soft and chewey fresh croutons) and their pizza takes me back to my NY days. I always order at the bar, for quick and no-fuss service (they give you a number and come find you with your slice/pie) as my friends have had trouble with a server or two. In their defense, it is a large space that fills up quickly, and I'd hate to be rummaging through the crowd to find some punk 20-somethings looking to be waited on. I'll be back soon.
by Kelley Ronn on
Oh, Dragon! Honestly, I love this place, how could I not? This is how a true club should be. Now, I do realize that on Friday nights, 80% of the clientele is Asian, but I happen to like that. The reason I love this place far outweigh reasons I have slightly against it, such as a tendency to get crowded at times and how it gets hot in certain places around the bar. Downstairs: a bar, dance floor, dj, outdoor smoking area, and a lounge area. Upstairs has exactly the same thing, although a slightly different layout, and minus the outdoor area. I went to Dragon last night for the second or third time, in what seems like a long time. I had a blast. I do realize the $8 cover is a bit pricier than bars on Castro, but you have to realize if you come here, you aren't going to be bar-hopping as casually as one can in Castro, therefore suck it up. If you think about, hit up Badlands ($3) and then go to BOC ($5) or Jet ($7 I think...). If you hit up a couple places, you're going to break that $8 mark anyway. The drinks are a little pricier as well, but not by much. My semi-usual Spiced Morgan and Diet is $5.25 at Badlands and $6 at Dragon. I think it's more clever this way because I will tend to tip more at Dragon, although the actual tip varies with the number of drinks purchased. The other thing, and maybe it's because I'm a young white guy in an Asian setting where I'm the 20% minority (I swear if you're reading some of the other reviews and are scared of the older white guys here and are comparing me I'll punch you square in the face, because I'm just as frightened of them as you probably are), I tend to get really stiff drinks. I swear, last night, Chance kept making the drinks stronger and stronger. By the time I had my third drink it was mainly rum with a tiny drop of coke in the top to add color. Not that I mind, the stronger the drink, the more I tend to stick to a single bartender--thanks again Chance for the great birthday shot (151 and some other magical concoction)!!! As for the music, the upstairs, which is usually less crowded, has hip-hop based styles. Downstairs has your more mainstream dance tracks with some oft infused Asian inspiration. I swear, if they'd throw on Tigarah (Roppongi-Dori, The Game in Rio, Money, or Japanese Queen and I'd be ever so much happier). I tend to find decent parking, but do try to park close. I, personally, don't think it's that great of a neighborhood, but I've never had issues. Actually I distinctly recall homeless guys directing me to spots each time. Yes, the spots were in an alley each time, but hey, it's close to the bar. All-in-all a great place to go, and you must be callous to adventure if you don't check it out.
by Christina S. on
Went last night for a friend's bday party - only a $5 cover (not bad), no velvet rope, andt he music was mostly great (lots of hip hop) - the crowd, while not beautiful nor terribly hip, was low key and everyone was really dancing. Very fun atmosphere - great for dancing with friends. Drinks were a little on the pricey side, given the given the down to earth surroundings ($8). Would definitely go back to dance!