by Philly D. on
Decided to check this place out last night (Thursday). Cool decor, great bartender (David) excellent drinks. A bar that appears to be a great place to chill out and have a great time with friends....Why just 3-stars. RUDE, unattentive table server, too many "rules", too "theme oriented." I was with a nice sized group, 1/2 at the bar and 1/2 sitting in a booth. One of the bar group went over to see how things were going at the booth and the server rudely repremanded him. The table decided to cancel their orders and left. . Regarding the "rules"...no standing bar will only allow enough patrons per seats (which I personally like), conversing amonst guest to be at a low volume, even if the music is blaring, and a bunch of other bizarro theme oriented rules. Now these "rules" are fine, I get it....but please, just inform new comers that they exist, don't assume and be rude to the customers. I was embarrassed at the rudeness from the server and because I suggested this place for all of my friends to check out, as I was excited that this place opened. My advice, have your servers first introduce themselves, then ask if this is the parties first time visiting, if "yes", and then have the server explain to the guests the house rules. if a guest "deviates" from the house rules, then POLITELY explain to them. That way everyone is on the same page, and you don't have disgruntled customers. Also, the server really should spend more time with the customers instead of blocking the restrooms, gabbing with the other server/hostess who appeared annoyed as she [other server/hostess] was trying to do her job. Again, great space (intimate and dark), super bartender. I would have given 4 stars. Tip to the rude waitress, go back to waitress school. And until Ranstead addresses that server issues, you are better off sitting at the bar or spending an evening with your group of friends at the Franklin, Southwark, Chicks or APO if you want great quality drinks (more variety), polite and attentive servers and don't want to have to worry about what "rules" you may be breaking!!! Because of the excellent an attentive BAR service, I will come back, I doubt any of the guests at the booth will, which is unfortunate because they/we are frequent diners and imbibers.
by Kris Bagi on
I'm biased, I admit it... but Copa is a great place to hang out, dance, meet friends and enjoy music. If you don't already know how, you can get a reasonably-priced salsa dance lesson Wed-Sat nights taught by various instructors. (My bias? I'm one of those instructors-- so come out Fridays for the 9pm lesson and you'll have a great time, I promise.) They also have tango lessons, bellydancing, fire dancing, and just about any other kind of dancing at various times. Copa focuses on world music and they often have live bands featuring the sounds of flamenco, reggae, Latin jazz (sorry, folks, the Brew is not a salsa band..), acoustical guitar, Caribbean, and Middle Eastern/bellydance, to name a few. There are three areas and often three different sounds-- upstairs, downstairs, and the lush back patio. For you salseros... the floor upstairs and down is very nice, usually on the faster side. Fabian is a fabulous salsa DJ. Generally people are there (esp. on Fridays) to dance and enjoy the music so it's not a meat-market-y kind of place. Twice a year there are salsa events held for an entire weekend (the next one is Apr 25-27, 2008!) with workshops and classes during the day, performances (sorry, not competitions!) and social dancing at night until the wee hours. It's a friendly place and if you come regularly, it will feel like home away from home. At least it does to me! So if you see me out dancing, don't hesitate to come up and say hi. Copa is my favorite salsa place in Austin :-)
by Andre S. on
We all know the spiel, great music, great drinks, great atmosphere, great dancing, great cover prices. This location is very straight, bi, and gay friendly people friendly, it just one big underground dance party (circa the underground rave parties of the 90's, without the visible drugs etc). This is an awesome place to have a friendly competitive dance off if you are a big sweaty dancer like I am. The only down fall, there aren't many urinals/toilets to pee out your booze, but no worries, the MJQ experience totally trumps the lack of potties. Oh yeah, parking kinda bites, but I digress, no need to be a Debbie Downer for such an awesome place. I can't wait to go back!