by Jennifer B. on
An hour wait on a Saturday afternoon -1 A bartender that barely did her job -1 Tons and tons and tons of kiddos - 1 Mediocre overpriced weird food (corn flake fried grapes - really?!) -1 Buy one get of free vouchers for 3 games and shoe rental for $5 each (yup that's right, $10 total for two people) - +4 Beating the boy in 2 of the 3 games - +10 We'll have to settle on 3 stars.
by Misha S. on
Wow -- what a gem! The East Side Show Room brings a new touch of class to Austin; there's nothing quite like it in this city. The attention to detail here is at an inspiring level. The use of space is only second in creativity to the awesome furniture and decor that adorns the place, much of which was crafted by hand by the owner. The drinks are unique yet perfectly balanced. We tried half of their signature cocktails and they all hit high marks. You won't find the usual liquor bottles, either, and they're even making their own cane sugar sodas. The lamb+goat burger was a real treat. All of the food is culled from local sources within 150 miles. All natural, totally fresh. The menu is currently rather limited but the food matches the drinks as far as original creations and quality ingredients. Prices are very reasonable ($6-$12 for cocktails, $8-$18 for food). This place is going to be a total hit across all segments of Austinites. Mickey, Alan, Chauncey and the rest -- it was great meeting you tonight, your hard work is tremendously appreciated!
by Caridad Kaiama on
Now this truly was a shady looking place from the outside. The friend I was with stopped me in the middle of crossing the street when he heard what tracks they were playing (I don't remember what though), told me he wanted to check it out. As we approached the outside kiosk looking entrance I saw a bouncer sitting next to a heater reading the new york post (this isn't looking good). As I try to get a peek inside I notice that the entire inside is cloaked up with dark black curtains (gee what a brilliant idea), so I can't get an idea of what the hell is going on in there or whether it's decent or not. I ask the bouncer how much the cover is and he replies, "five dollars". I step outside with my amigo and try to get an idea of what we should do, when all of the sudden a group of four walks out and are huddled in discussion. We ask them if it's worth the admission fee and they say yes, so we both enter. Inside, past the black out curtains lays a dance floor no bigger than my dorm room freshman year, it's tiny as fu*k folks. So tiny in fact that the tables they put on the outside required gymnastics to get around. When and if you can get past everybody to the bar, you get 4 types of beer to choose from (all at $6 a piece). I found getting to the bar a task since a black version of Andre The Giant was blocking my path (and sucking all the available oxygen around it). Finally at the bar I order a Stella Artois for myself and a Corona for my friend. I head back to the seating area and find him sitting, scrunched between an Asian chick and what looks like the poor mans' version of Elvis Costello. I ask him if he's having a good time (he nods), he says he would dance with more women if all of them weren't already with their boyfriends. Me and him agree that there is no room to dance or meet available women so we head out. All in we spent $22 inside. Conclusion: I won't be returning here, waste of my time and money.