Annex

★★☆☆☆

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We had a Saturday night show booked here for months. People were waiting for the show. Fifteen days before the show, we were sent an e-mail saying that we wouldn't be able to play the show anymore because a private party booked that date. They blatantly kicked us out because some last minute private party was going to make them more money. As an alternative they offered us to play a Tuesday night in a week.

This is ignoring other reviews of them blatantly stealing money. Bottom line - bad place for bands.

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★☆☆☆☆

We had a Saturday night show booked here for months. People were waiting for the show. Fifteen days before the show, we were sent an e-mail saying that we wouldn't be able to play the show anymore because a private party booked that date. They blatantly kicked us out because some last minute private party was going to make them more money. As an alternative they offered us to play a Tuesday night in a week.

This is ignoring other reviews of them blatantly stealing money. Bottom line - bad place for bands.

Pros: Location

Cons: Money-hungry, don't care about your band

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I went there last night during open bar, when I tried to buy another shot for my drink because it tasted like there was no vodka in it, the bartender refused to serve me, took my money off the bar and poured out my drinks. When I asked for my money back he threw it in my face. I asked him what was wrong with him and he put his face 1 inch from mine and said "A lot of things are wrong with me" in the creepiest voice, then balled up a napkin and threw it in my face.
DO NOT GO TO THIS BAR unless you want to be treated like trash.
I'm calling the bar right now to make a complaint.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went there last night during open bar, when I tried to buy another shot for my drink because it tasted like there was no vodka in it, the bartender refused to serve me, took my money off the bar and poured out my drinks. When I asked for my money back he threw it in my face. I asked him what was wrong with him and he put his face 1 inch from mine and said "A lot of things are wrong with me" in the creepiest voice, then balled up a napkin and threw it in my face.
DO NOT GO TO THIS BAR unless you want to be treated like trash.
I'm calling the bar right now to make a complaint.

Cons: having things thrown in your face

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I had made a table reservation for a party a month in advance and later checked in to confirm a few days before the party ?? all appeared to be set. Upon arrival, the doorman did not have my reservation listed, the guests with my party were not all comped at the door as I had been told, and to top it all off, the bottle price was much higher than I had been quoted when making the reservation. Overall, the experience was infuriating and a great disappointment. The annex is a good spot for a few drinks and some good music but for a table reservation, I would not recommend.

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★★☆☆☆

I had made a table reservation for a party a month in advance and later checked in to confirm a few days before the party ?? all appeared to be set. Upon arrival, the doorman did not have my reservation listed, the guests with my party were not all comped at the door as I had been told, and to top it all off, the bottle price was much higher than I had been quoted when making the reservation. Overall, the experience was infuriating and a great disappointment. The annex is a good spot for a few drinks and some good music but for a table reservation, I would not recommend.

Pros: Good music / people

Cons: Completely unorganized establishment

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We just played at the Annex, and it was great. The staff there were really nice. The sound was amazing. And we love Xiating! She is a great booker. Really patient and easy to work with. Always gets back to us promptly. It's rare and hard to find nowadays.

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★★★★☆

We just played at the Annex, and it was great. The staff there were really nice. The sound was amazing. And we love Xiating! She is a great booker. Really patient and easy to work with. Always gets back to us promptly. It's rare and hard to find nowadays.

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Went here a few weeks ago to see a friends band, I liked the atmosphere, all the wood was really nice and the lights were cozy.. there were even candles! I loved it. Everyone who worked there seemed super nice, contrary to popular citysearch belief.. ha. Sound was great, pbr was average priced if not cheaper than some of the bars in that neighborhood, liquor selection seemed good, and the door price wasnt incredibly cheap but not bad for the size of the place. It was cool and a nice place to relax when i was there on a monday, i'd come back. I'll have to check out a weekend night next!

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★★★★★

Went here a few weeks ago to see a friends band, I liked the atmosphere, all the wood was really nice and the lights were cozy.. there were even candles! I loved it. Everyone who worked there seemed super nice, contrary to popular citysearch belief.. ha. Sound was great, pbr was average priced if not cheaper than some of the bars in that neighborhood, liquor selection seemed good, and the door price wasnt incredibly cheap but not bad for the size of the place. It was cool and a nice place to relax when i was there on a monday, i'd come back. I'll have to check out a weekend night next!

Pros: nice atmosphere, cozy, cool hangout, good sound

Cons: hard to find, no shows posted around there?

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BANDS -- Even if you're careful the Annex will cheat you out of what little you're owed from the bad deal you're already getting by playing there. The dozen other bands we talked to about this place all had the same horrible experience as us. Take your talent, hard work, and friends' and fans' money somewhere else, because none of it will get any respect or appreciation at the Annex.

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★☆☆☆☆

BANDS -- Even if you're careful the Annex will cheat you out of what little you're owed from the bad deal you're already getting by playing there. The dozen other bands we talked to about this place all had the same horrible experience as us. Take your talent, hard work, and friends' and fans' money somewhere else, because none of it will get any respect or appreciation at the Annex.

Pros: None

Cons: Shyster bookers and management. Rude and dishonest staff. AVOID

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Seriously, nice doorman aside, this place stinks! I'm definitely not supporting a place that has such unsavory characters jipping bands of their money. This place is totally messed up.

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★☆☆☆☆

Seriously, nice doorman aside, this place stinks! I'm definitely not supporting a place that has such unsavory characters jipping bands of their money. This place is totally messed up.

Pros: None

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I strongly urge all musicians to avoid this club: the booking person (Xiaoting) is awful, untrustworthy, and will not deliver on previously agreed upon terms. It was our experience that they undercounted the draw and underpaid the band. In addition, although we were told that for a showcase, we would have access to the club for a soundcheck, they overbooked, and made us stand in the rain and did not let us and our guests into the club - hence there was no soundcheck. All in all tell your friends to stay away. Musicians deserve better than this, a much deserved boycott would send a strong message!

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★☆☆☆☆

I strongly urge all musicians to avoid this club: the booking person (Xiaoting) is awful, untrustworthy, and will not deliver on previously agreed upon terms. It was our experience that they undercounted the draw and underpaid the band. In addition, although we were told that for a showcase, we would have access to the club for a soundcheck, they overbooked, and made us stand in the rain and did not let us and our guests into the club - hence there was no soundcheck. All in all tell your friends to stay away. Musicians deserve better than this, a much deserved boycott would send a strong message!

Pros: None

Cons: Ripoff management, booking agent (Xiaoting) does not fulfill contract obligations, all in all a MUST TO AVOID

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Do yourself a favor and don't EVER waste your money or book your band here. The "booker"/door b**** is the rudest, most unprofessional con-artist I've ever encountered. My band played a show here and I had to book all the bands because she had no band contacts and I did. As per her request, the bands had to agree on a $8 or $10 cover charge and we all emphatically chose $8.. especially since it was a Sunday. Upon arrival she was very rude to the bands AND the people paying to see the bands. Unbeknownst to us, she was charging $10 at the door. A very shady move and downright wrong. After leaving the door several times unattended, talking badly about the bands while they were onstage and proclaiming how much money the club was was making of of us, all the bands were stiffed. She jacked the door price and still didn't shell out a single dollar to anyone even after a great draw for a Sunday night with a $10 cover.
As a bonus, the sound guy was making out with his girlfriend in the booth the whole time. He was also rude and only allowed the bands a 30 minute set, including the headliner! We all had to cut songs out of our sets and he even turned the lights on the last band before they were even done with there last note. All that aside, this place is not fun to be in. The stage is a mile off the ground.. not very intimate. The vibe and energy are horrible and there's no ambiance what-so-ever. Nobody even wanted to drink there they were so disgusted with the place. We were all treated as a nuisance and like we were lucky to be there. No comraderie, friendliness or thanks to the musicians. I have never played in a place that the promoters didn't introduce themselves or say that they liked your band (even if they didn't mean it). I've never encountered such rude, hostile workers who downright don't give a sh** about music. This club has no idea how to operate and I can't wait until it goes out of business.

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★☆☆☆☆

Do yourself a favor and don't EVER waste your money or book your band here. The "booker"/door b**** is the rudest, most unprofessional con-artist I've ever encountered. My band played a show here and I had to book all the bands because she had no band contacts and I did. As per her request, the bands had to agree on a $8 or $10 cover charge and we all emphatically chose $8.. especially since it was a Sunday. Upon arrival she was very rude to the bands AND the people paying to see the bands. Unbeknownst to us, she was charging $10 at the door. A very shady move and downright wrong. After leaving the door several times unattended, talking badly about the bands while they were onstage and proclaiming how much money the club was was making of of us, all the bands were stiffed. She jacked the door price and still didn't shell out a single dollar to anyone even after a great draw for a Sunday night with a $10 cover.
As a bonus, the sound guy was making out with his girlfriend in the booth the whole time. He was also rude and only allowed the bands a 30 minute set, including the headliner! We all had to cut songs out of our sets and he even turned the lights on the last band before they were even done with there last note. All that aside, this place is not fun to be in. The stage is a mile off the ground.. not very intimate. The vibe and energy are horrible and there's no ambiance what-so-ever. Nobody even wanted to drink there they were so disgusted with the place. We were all treated as a nuisance and like we were lucky to be there. No comraderie, friendliness or thanks to the musicians. I have never played in a place that the promoters didn't introduce themselves or say that they liked your band (even if they didn't mean it). I've never encountered such rude, hostile workers who downright don't give a sh** about music. This club has no idea how to operate and I can't wait until it goes out of business.

Pros: None

Cons: Rip off artists, rude staff, no ambiance, bad energy, doesn't cater to live music

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Lauren Ianuzzi ain't just a pint-sized Jersey girl with thick brown curls, a pearly-white smile and sparkling enthusiasm. She ain't girlie girl vanilla either. The Bergen County-bred songstress boasts a hustler-like spirit with the vocal chops to match, and there's no mistaking her tenacity as she madly croons, "I will turn up the heat" in the sultry funk flavors of "Sweat," one of the many self-penned tunes by the twenty-two-year-old Ianuzzi. She's been tellin' it like it is for a long time now. It's now the world's turn to catch up and turn an ear.

Other artists: The Purple Elliots, The Day Show, Andrew Pandeleon

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★★★★★

Lauren Ianuzzi ain't just a pint-sized Jersey girl with thick brown curls, a pearly-white smile and sparkling enthusiasm. She ain't girlie girl vanilla either. The Bergen County-bred songstress boasts a hustler-like spirit with the vocal chops to match, and there's no mistaking her tenacity as she madly croons, "I will turn up the heat" in the sultry funk flavors of "Sweat," one of the many self-penned tunes by the twenty-two-year-old Ianuzzi. She's been tellin' it like it is for a long time now. It's now the world's turn to catch up and turn an ear.

Other artists: The Purple Elliots, The Day Show, Andrew Pandeleon

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The bouncer Keith was the nicest man ever. He welcomed us to the bar freely and was excited at the idea of having a bunch of girls at Annex. However, the woman collecting the $5 at the door rudely asked us group of girls WHY we were entering the bar. She then proceeded to call my 115 pound friend a fat *ss and to move along. She called us b*tches and spoke innapropriately to us. As we walked up the stairs she screamed profanities at us for no reason at all. When we left and spoke to the bouncer he apologized greatly. I do not write reviews, but I thought it was worth it to let people know to avoid this hell hole. I have never encountered a ruder person in my life. The staff is rude and mean-hearted people. DO NOT GIVE YOUR BUSINESS TO THIS PLACE!

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★☆☆☆☆

The bouncer Keith was the nicest man ever. He welcomed us to the bar freely and was excited at the idea of having a bunch of girls at Annex. However, the woman collecting the $5 at the door rudely asked us group of girls WHY we were entering the bar. She then proceeded to call my 115 pound friend a fat *ss and to move along. She called us b*tches and spoke innapropriately to us. As we walked up the stairs she screamed profanities at us for no reason at all. When we left and spoke to the bouncer he apologized greatly. I do not write reviews, but I thought it was worth it to let people know to avoid this hell hole. I have never encountered a ruder person in my life. The staff is rude and mean-hearted people. DO NOT GIVE YOUR BUSINESS TO THIS PLACE!

Pros: None

Cons: Rude staff. Overpriced. Terrible bar.

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Could be a cool place but it's like their deliberately trying to be obnoxious to show that they're cooler than you. Except they're not. I came to see a friend's band who was playing there and he almost cancelled because the woman at the door was so rude to us. They are in the business of ripping off inexperienced bands of cover charges, not developing a live music scene. A band would have to be desperate to play there again.

The strange thing is they have a nice place and a great sound system that they play so loudly it's no longer enjoyable and that's why they can act hostile because there's no way they'd ever repeat business. The one positive in the whole place from my experience is the doorman who was actually very nice and funny.

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★☆☆☆☆

Could be a cool place but it's like their deliberately trying to be obnoxious to show that they're cooler than you. Except they're not. I came to see a friend's band who was playing there and he almost cancelled because the woman at the door was so rude to us. They are in the business of ripping off inexperienced bands of cover charges, not developing a live music scene. A band would have to be desperate to play there again.

The strange thing is they have a nice place and a great sound system that they play so loudly it's no longer enjoyable and that's why they can act hostile because there's no way they'd ever repeat business. The one positive in the whole place from my experience is the doorman who was actually very nice and funny.

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This place was once ok. But the past two times I was there it was a waste of a night. The music is alright sometimes but they seem to think by allowing smoking downstairs will make up for waiting an uncomfortably long time for a very watered-down well drink that I just paid $8 for. I smoke and believe me, it's not worth it. Not much seating and management seems dim. Go to Pianos instead.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place was once ok. But the past two times I was there it was a waste of a night. The music is alright sometimes but they seem to think by allowing smoking downstairs will make up for waiting an uncomfortably long time for a very watered-down well drink that I just paid $8 for. I smoke and believe me, it's not worth it. Not much seating and management seems dim. Go to Pianos instead.

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great for people watching. amazing concerts upstairs, adorable DJs downstairs who know their music. i don't consider myself a hipster (usually frequent clubs in the meatpacking district) but i always end up leaving this place feeling happy and excited. dress like a hipster to get in. avoid this club if you're a non-smoker b/c they allow smoking in their basement (small, crowded place filled with smoke!!).

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★★★☆☆

great for people watching. amazing concerts upstairs, adorable DJs downstairs who know their music. i don't consider myself a hipster (usually frequent clubs in the meatpacking district) but i always end up leaving this place feeling happy and excited. dress like a hipster to get in. avoid this club if you're a non-smoker b/c they allow smoking in their basement (small, crowded place filled with smoke!!).

Pros: celeb hangout, ny magazine photoshoot for hipster scene, great hipster music

Cons: too small, smoke in the basement, strict entrance policy for non-hipsters

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Was at a show at this club in which every employee was downright haughty and hostile to band members and patrons alike. Would recommend everyone to stay the f**k away from this gaggle of a**holes. For the record, I'm a nice fellow and am not in the business of writing flippant, negative reviews. This is a well considered submission.

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★☆☆☆☆

Was at a show at this club in which every employee was downright haughty and hostile to band members and patrons alike. Would recommend everyone to stay the f**k away from this gaggle of a**holes. For the record, I'm a nice fellow and am not in the business of writing flippant, negative reviews. This is a well considered submission.

Pros: Decent space

Cons: horrible sound, service, and value

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We went there last night and saw some great bands! Actually been checking out shows there for awhile now. They have great bands there. The cover is cheap (around $6) compared to other clubs in that area. The sound there is amazing, probably the BEST sound in LES! It's just a good place to see shows. Have to say I hate the bouncers there. But bouncers are just bouncers.

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★★★★★

We went there last night and saw some great bands! Actually been checking out shows there for awhile now. They have great bands there. The cover is cheap (around $6) compared to other clubs in that area. The sound there is amazing, probably the BEST sound in LES! It's just a good place to see shows. Have to say I hate the bouncers there. But bouncers are just bouncers.

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I definitely agree with the other most recent reviews. The bouncer and others waiting in line were rude and LOUD. Music was okay, but nothing special. The crowd was pretty uniform and lame. $5-$10 cover too (weekends, I think). Ambiance wasn't that great either.
There are lots of other places in LES with better everything: better rockin' music, more attractive crowds, better drinks, more polite bouncers, and more respectful partiers. Choose one of them instead.

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★☆☆☆☆

I definitely agree with the other most recent reviews. The bouncer and others waiting in line were rude and LOUD. Music was okay, but nothing special. The crowd was pretty uniform and lame. $5-$10 cover too (weekends, I think). Ambiance wasn't that great either.
There are lots of other places in LES with better everything: better rockin' music, more attractive crowds, better drinks, more polite bouncers, and more respectful partiers. Choose one of them instead.

Pros: Average music

Cons: Everything else

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We went to the annex to meet a friend for his b'day, only to find that we would not be let in unless we were on a guest list or VIP. I guess this is okay if you are a weirdo, because that is the only type of people being let into this place. The bouncers are strange characters and think they are pretecting some hidden jewel inside which doesn't exist. Our friends finally met us outside and thanked us for saving them from the sketchest bar and the worst DJ they heard in a long time. The east village has a million great bars so skip right past this place so you can actually enjoy your night!

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★☆☆☆☆

We went to the annex to meet a friend for his b'day, only to find that we would not be let in unless we were on a guest list or VIP. I guess this is okay if you are a weirdo, because that is the only type of people being let into this place. The bouncers are strange characters and think they are pretecting some hidden jewel inside which doesn't exist. Our friends finally met us outside and thanked us for saving them from the sketchest bar and the worst DJ they heard in a long time. The east village has a million great bars so skip right past this place so you can actually enjoy your night!

Pros: East Village

Cons: cover, rude bouncer, profile people, bad music

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Last weekend we went to The Annex for my 22nd birthday celebration... and I cannot tell you how much fun my friends and I had. This place played the BEST music!! The DJs were lost in a cloud of pink, purple and green lights and LOTS of fog... the silouette of the DJ and the turn tables was just fantastic. I plan on making the trip to NY a couple more times this year, and I will totally be checking out this club again.

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★★★★★

Last weekend we went to The Annex for my 22nd birthday celebration... and I cannot tell you how much fun my friends and I had. This place played the BEST music!! The DJs were lost in a cloud of pink, purple and green lights and LOTS of fog... the silouette of the DJ and the turn tables was just fantastic. I plan on making the trip to NY a couple more times this year, and I will totally be checking out this club again.

Pros: The music & crowd

Cons: price of drinks & antagonistic bouncers

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I am stupid enough to have read these 3 prior reviews: 9.1 rating!? wtf? More like 0. They all recommended this place but it was seriously HORRIBLE! I had the worst time ever last night. Maybe it's because I am not into heavy metal music or that the music was so loud that I couldn't hear anyone say anything. The crowd in NOT trendy, this place is NOT romantic, there is NO dancing, and I will never ever go back. I would describe this venue as heavy rockers wearing black t-shirts & jeans downing beers in a small crappy looking bar. If you want a dive bar then come here. I was just extremely disappointed when I went last night.

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★☆☆☆☆

I am stupid enough to have read these 3 prior reviews: 9.1 rating!? wtf? More like 0. They all recommended this place but it was seriously HORRIBLE! I had the worst time ever last night. Maybe it's because I am not into heavy metal music or that the music was so loud that I couldn't hear anyone say anything. The crowd in NOT trendy, this place is NOT romantic, there is NO dancing, and I will never ever go back. I would describe this venue as heavy rockers wearing black t-shirts & jeans downing beers in a small crappy looking bar. If you want a dive bar then come here. I was just extremely disappointed when I went last night.

Pros: They serve alcohol

Cons: ugly crowd, very LOUD music (my ears are still ringing), just a crappy looking place

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This place is a flashback to the 80's, not only from the music but by the attendees as well. Great place to hang out with friends, don't know about taking dates though because it's pretty LOUD. Otherwise, this place is awesome!

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★★★★★

This place is a flashback to the 80's, not only from the music but by the attendees as well. Great place to hang out with friends, don't know about taking dates though because it's pretty LOUD. Otherwise, this place is awesome!

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The bar plays old-school new wave music. Has the hottest, tallest bartender in NYC. Has an upstairs area with seating that overlooks the downstairs area; this area would be a good place to sit with a date -- you're at a cool spot but you can sit and talk. A beer was only $5 - another plus for a date. The decor is fine wood paneling with good lighting. The bartender is mine.

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★★★★☆

The bar plays old-school new wave music. Has the hottest, tallest bartender in NYC. Has an upstairs area with seating that overlooks the downstairs area; this area would be a good place to sit with a date -- you're at a cool spot but you can sit and talk. A beer was only $5 - another plus for a date. The decor is fine wood paneling with good lighting. The bartender is mine.

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best people you will ever meet - the owners, the bartenders, djs, crowd, etc. they are family .... a very drunken family! love these people.

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★★★★★

best people you will ever meet - the owners, the bartenders, djs, crowd, etc. they are family .... a very drunken family! love these people.

Pros: people, music, atmosphere

 

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