by Ian S. on
Host was rude on phone, service was alright... Food was alright..Calamari was great...Nice patio minus the sewage smell eminating from recent construction on the park...Interior ambience was probably the best part...Hopefully the sewage smell will be taken care of with development of the new parts of Piedmont Park.. I guess then, I'd try ONE again....maybe.
by Sibyl Browing on
To be fair, I came here tonight for the first time for a private party with open bar and hors d'oeuvres and goodie bags so I can't judge the place objectively. If it was purely meant to be trendy bar/lounge attracting the TenderNob hipsters then it's fine-beautiful furniture, elegant decorations, abundance of private booth with leather seats, overall semi-sexy ambiance. Very similar to a 4 star hotel lounge. But the place bills itself as a speakeasy, which I presume is what sets Slide apart from other bars. I heard that this location did use to be a speakeasy during the Prohibition era that people in the know would access down the slide, and the owners are reviving that piece of history. But the only indications of this are the girls walking around in flapper dresses with long cigarette holders, the dim lighting, and the cocktail napkins at the bar that has an imprint of some kind of pre-Prohibition liquor license. I'm no history expert, but isn't a speakeasy supposed to be down & dirty, where well-connected high-class men make under-the-table deals with the crooks, frolick with the "working" girls, get in drunken brawls, or otherwise engage in behavior induced by not being able to drink legally? I would be nervous to even spill one drop of my drink in this place. If you're promoting a place as a specific type of environment, give some authenticity to it. Make it old-fashion, make it fun, and make it real. Don't try to evoke days gone by while at the same time trying to be modern and chic. And the slide? I was also prohibited from going down because I was wearing a skirt, but I noticed the "catcher" at the bottom of the slide was a real looker. What a shame.
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