by Lauren S. on
Although it's not officially open yet, Whiskey Park has been in a "soft opening" stage for the last week. On a random Wednesday night I went there with a group and there is one thing that this lounge has going for it and it's the decor. Tucked up in the corner of the newly remodeled building, it is of course, in typical Rande Gerber/W Hotel style: sleek and sexy with cool light fixtures. Lots of low tables and banquettes to sit in while your cocktail waitress (scantily clad, of course) serves you. The bartenders are also friendly and pour a strong drink. They were great at recommending something or mixing up something custom. We were also treated to a round by the manager, Brad. The bad: our waitress brought us the bottle of champagne we ordered and then after we had been drinking it for a while she came back and said "how's the wine?" HUH?! Also, if you're expecting low prices you can forget it. You've got to remember you're in a boutique hotel = boutique prices. I wouldn't go here for a full night of drinking. Lastly, and it could just be the night we went, this is a "bring your own crowd if you wanna have fun" kind of place. No one was really mixing and mingling....although the place is full of interesting characters and we did see Tommy Lee & CeeLo. I would say this is more like 3.5-3.75 stars than a low 3. Not quite a 4, but I think it could get there.
by Refugio Auzston on
This venue has it's finer points but, sadly, also a few downsides. WCL gets some great acts. No one can deny that. And, the dinner shows really are a nice atmosphere... You get to sit, relax, enjoy yummy food, and see a great band playing their hearts out. Or do you? My biggest complaint with WCL is with the nature of a dinner show and philly crowds in general. They get boring. It's really awkward to dance in your seat with a $10 salad (regardless of how delicious it is) in front of you! The dinner show format makes it really difficult to actually enjoy the music fully. I've actually been in two audiences where the band made fun of us for being so boring! But that's the nature of the dinner show (and also philly concert goers, in general). Aside from that, I love this place. Their late night shows (sans tables) are totally worth it. Of course, I've only been to one of these, and I'm not sure how frequent they are. Another slight problem is, one time, the sound was mixed slightly wrong. Which, is a shame, since it was the Philly Loud And Local show, which was also broadcast on the radio. But, I've only been able to make that complaint once, which is saying something. All in all, I really like WCL. I suppose if i want to make the shows more exciting in the future I will just start dancing on the table tops! I'll let you know how that goes over with the older crowd...