by John Sasahara on
The Show Room showed us the sidewalk. We dropped by the Show Room last Friday night hoping to try the place out. My friends office is across the street and he had said it looks like its hopping all the time. Well when we got there they said there would be a 30 minute wait....no problem on a Friday night at 9pm. The problem was they asked if we could wait outside. This was super snow Friday...the day when Facebook exploded about snowflakes spottings in the Hill Country. It was below 32 and they had the nerve to ask us to wait outside. Now I see from other reviews that the waiting situation is a bit of an issue there. But come on Show Room...wait outside? If you have fire code capacity issues, put a sign on the door that says "closed for private parties" so you don't have to ask people to wait outside in the cold. I'm sorry, but the obvious lack of customer consideration implies they're going to be off target on other things. We walked across the street and squished into the bar at Buenos Aires for a bottle of wine and some apps. This East side trendy restaurant scene will continue to keep some places afloat for longer than they would survive if they were caught in a trend. Hopefully Show Room shows a inkling towards customer satisfaction soon. We'll give them another shot on a Monday and see if they can handle it.
by Chung Baringer on
Yay, I'm a fan! Why you ask? Free. I think I should end it here, but where's the fun to this review right? Let me indulge myself and perhaps my two fans by writing more. BTW, thanks for following my reviews. You're the bestest fans a person can ever ask for. The Park is super spacious, consisting of the Atrium, The Main room, The Garden, the Red room, and the Penthouse. The penthouse opens after 12 am on the weekends, and is essentially a "dance floor", and is really the reason why most of us will come here. The only drawback for the penthouse is the space and the number of people that packs into it. When it's too crowded, it can get kinda hot, but that's everywhere. Additionally the sound system on the patio side of the penthouse is on mute, so it's hard to really dance when you can't hear the beat. For some reason all the Asians flood to this place. Must be the "free admission". I kid, I kid, so don't shoot me!. Kinda reminds me of the bit Russell Peters did about the Indian guy negotiating with the Chinese guy. That's pretty much the crowd you'll find here. Then again, I don't come here to pick anyone up, so that's not an issue. If you come in groups and it's predominately guys, (come on, you know that's how we roll), you have to come before 12. After 12, they enforce the 1 guy to 1 girl rule and they're pretty strict about it. This place isn't bad if you need a back up spot. P.S. The bouncer will stare you down if you look anything remotely close to a hood rat (whatever that means). P.P.S. If you do happen to dine here, their fries are to die for. I mean, really, to die for. Freaking amazing! P.P.P.S. If you're semi self conscious about the way you dance, this is your haven. Trust me, the folks that comes here dances like they're stiff. Knock a few down, and have a good time. I do it all the time ;)
by Chris D. on
This review is for Tuesday nights with DJ Romeo Cologne. I love funk, and I love to shake my ample ass. I love new funk (Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings) and old funk (James Brown, Curtis Mayfield). So, Tuesday nights at The Star Bar sounds like a great choice, right? Hmmm, not so much. First, the event shouldn't be called "DJ Romeo Cologne's Funk Disco Party" (I pulled that from Star Bar's website). It should be called DJ Quasi's (I think that's his name) Funk Hip Hop Top 40 Party with Special Guest Romeo Cologne." Romeo didn't hit the CD changer until 1:15 AM(last call is at 2:30). Is it really his night if the "opener" spins for 3 hours and he does less than two? I've NEVER been to a concert where the opener performed longer than the headliner. The second problem is Quasi's song selection. Ya see, I went to The Star Bar for funk. I walked in the bar around 11:15. He played decent music for about 30 minutes. Then it went to shit. Can someone tell me what is funky about Madonna's "Hey Mr. DJ"? No shit, he really played that song. He was also playing recent hip hop and other assorted bullshit. I was waiting for him to play Ice Ice Baby. This went on till Romeo took over. Romeo started with Disco Lady(Johnnie Taylor), followed it up with Shining Star (Earth, Wind, and Fire), and some decent funk I wasn't familiar with. I left after his third song. Ok, here's the money shot: Now, if I wanted to hear Hey Mr. DJ or Who Let the Dogs Out (no, he didn't play that song) I could have found a club in the burbs. So if you are looking for real funk, avoid Tuesdays at The Star Bar (or don't show up till 1:30). If you live close and want to dance, it's not a bad option. Just don't expect to hear much funk. And to think I was really looking forward to spending some time at The Star Bar (I had my first Funk Disco Party about 10 years ago, and it was a blast). Who knows, maybe Romeo will take it back over and it'll be good again. Oh yeah! Someone drop me a line and let me know if Saturday nights at The Cleremont Lounge are the same setup. I want to go, but not if I have to hear fucking Madonna.