by Adam C. on
Ok, so this review has nothing to do with dance-night, dudes-in-shiny-shirts, girls-who-look-like-trannies club nights here, it's for The Royale as a music venue. First off, the sound here is excellent. And for being such a big space, shit's pretty intimate. The layout is really open and standing-room-only and all, but unless it's just completely packed, you'll have a good view of the stage. The waitstaff seemed to be decidedly clubby and I saw one of the plastic bartender chicks give the pantomime gun-to-the-head gesture to her coworker while the opening band was going on. Well, fuck her. You could tell she's kind of a high-maintenance 'seaward' that kind of really sucks. But whoever set up the sound did a good job. And the 4 stars are pretty much for whoever set that up and not for the fembot chicks behind the bar*. * I'm sure some of them are like, REALLY nice!
by Champ M. on
Here's one of those places you end up by a stroke of luck, usually by invitation, because I don't know any people who are regulars here. First time I came I was blown away. It wasn't the typical brawllywood club where everyone's packed in and it's all hell break loose. This place oozes class, and even the bartenders to the doorguys have heard of a term known as "respect". The outdoor area has cabanas lining a faux pond and the inside has a small dark room for chilling and beyond that a large hall-like dance area surrounded by 2 story walkways lined with tables. I've always had a blast here and if you ever have the chance to get in, take it cuz it's gonna be a rare night when hollywood treats you right. Long line at the bathroom? Use the one upstairs or downstairs for speedy secret!
by Kaylene Klemencic on
Wanna see freshly orange tanned people under 25 years old who come to Manhattan from unknown parts of New Jersey, Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Sheapshead Bay? Wanna get your purse searched more thoroughly than they do at TSA and padded down like you're about to enter the visiting area of Riker's Island? Feel like seeing a bunch of guys who look like they are auditioning for the part of Danny Zucko in "Grease"? Wanna hear "House Music All Night Long"? Well, you're in luck..there's a place for you called Asserteria on Sunday nights held right here at Arena. I gave it 3 stars because: I actually do like house music and the DJ was quite good. I got in free (go before midnight) Did not go for the "atmosphere" Did not buy drinks Left early enough to avoid doing "the eyeroll" more times than I can count