by Diana K. on
My review for Circle has been LONG overdue... spanks to my hombre, Justin, for pointing that out, so here goes: For a good few months, Circle was my 2nd home. Two summers ago, I was there Thursday, Friday, Saturday every week without fail. I was a Circle regular at one point, which meant I got to skip the line, get in for free and drink for free also. To illustrate how ingrained Circle was into my brain at one point... Sometime 2 summers ago, my friends and I were walking near Central Park. My friend says, "Oh look. I see the circle over there." I replied, "What? How could you see Circle from all the way over here? We're like over 10 blocks away." Yes. He was referring to *a* circle not THE Circle. Haha... He then replied, "Geez. You should just camp out at Circle. You freakin' live and breathe that place." Sad, but oh so true. So yes, this does contribute to my high rating for Circle but honestly, out of all the Asian party scenes, Circle always guarantees a decent time at the very least. The crowd at Circle is definitely the best looking and least grimiest out of all the Asian party scenes in NYC. Yes, again, I'm Korean so my perception is somewhat biased... but honestly, I've been out and about in NYC enough to know that there's way worse out there. How could you not love a place where the entire staff has always treated you with respect and friendliness? My girls and I are on hugging terms with Dave, the door guy (he doesn't even check my ID anymore), and the bouncers like Sadik (LOVE him! He's our teddy bear!). And of course, they have some of the most awesome promoters (shoutout to Justin and Kevin!! :P). To be fair, I can definitely see why those who haven't been treated fairly or favorably would hate on Circle... but as someone who hasn't been on that side of the fence, I can't think of a bad thing to say about this venue. I'll always have a soft spot for Circle and even when I went to LA's famed Le Cercle, I thought it paled in comparison to my beloved Circle in NYC. What I also like about NYC's Circle is that even though they offer booking, it's nowhere near as aggressive or demeaning as the booking in LA or Korea. Basically, girls can travel in groups and drink a shot or two and leave the table... but it's more just a fun way to meet new groups of people not in the way that it's done in LA or Korea. Any place that tries to be exclusive will get hated on, so definitely proceed with caution... but if you're Korean, female (or male) and decently attractive, then you'll have a good time. PLUS, they play good music and they often have celebrity appearances!
by Stephanie L. on
For a no hassle alternative to the Hollywood club/bar scene, Busby's is a great option. Pros: HUGE dance floor with a stage (just for girls) to dance on--sometimes my girls dance battle on these two boxes they have on stage, it's pretty awesome! Cheap(er) drinks that are still strong Arcade games -- Skeeball and Basketball! (it feels a little bit like an adult Chuck E. Cheese's and is better than Dave & Busters) Pool tables Outdoor patio areas (to cool off or for a cig break) DJ plays music you request Bartenders are friendly and cute Get in for free, or for $10 after 10:30pm (as far as I know, they've never turned anyone away for the incorrect girl to guy ratio or for dressing casual). Live 80's cover band on Thursday nights -- they're a lot of fun! Flat screen TVs to watch sports games on Valet parking is only $5 Cons: DJ doesn't know how to mix music, and usually plays songs in their entirety or there are awkward rhythm breaks in the transition to a new song. Crowd can lack in diversity at times with random "themed" nights. Door guys have their cranky pants on when it's busy. Lack of street parking That's pretty much it! There's a Busby's East and Busby's West, I prefer the East. Check it out!