by Ivan Comden on
Came to SOBs with a small group of friends on Friday night. I had never been here before, friends were visiting from out of town - we made dinner reservations - I think it's important to clear up something about SOBs - this place is first and foremost a nightclub. I made reservations here for dinner at 9pm, thinking we could have dinner in a loud but not deafening environment and that we could then dance (for example, like Son Cubano). I would not recommend this place for dinner. While the food was delicious, there really are just a few tables around the nightclub and stage - it's hard to talk and hear anyone and it's quite dark with flashing lights, etc. (I give SOBs 4 stars as a cool place to go for dancing, but I would give it one star as an appropriate location for dinner proper.) We paid $15 each for door entry and then paid for dinner, even though I was told when making the reservations that if we had dinner reservations we didn't need to pay a separate cover for the live music. Otherwise, we had a lot of fun dancing salsa, this is one of the few places that actually reminded me of an authentic Latin scene with reggaeton, etc. playing in between the live band sets. In retrospect, I would've gone elsewhere for dinner and then come here for dancing and drinks. Or dancing, drinks and a few appetizers (to have a table). I hope this review helps!
by Merle Kressierer on
I was a tourist in Philly, so I went to both Pat's and Geno's. In my opinion, this place was not the better one. In fact, I did not really care for either place. I thought that they were both overrated. I've had better cheesesteaks at Philly Connection. I think Geno's tries to hard. It has more lights than the Vegas strip and uses that to lure in the tourists. However, they have much better customer service than Pat's.
by zell c. on
I came by on a Friday night with a guy friend. We were both wearing clean, presentable sneakers but he wasn't allowed to go inside. "No sneakers on the rooftop", the big bad bouncer says. We do a little barhopping, he changes into non-sneakers, we make our way to the rooftop. Wow, it's a big fat frat party up there. All these people who think they're cooler than cool! And guess what? There's a whole bunch of drunk guys up there wearing dirty, raggedy sneakers. The view from the top is nice, but you can have a better time somewhere else without the hassle. Didn't even get to order drinks because you have to shove your way to get through the sea of smelly armpits. This place thinks it's upscale but it is sooooo not. As a bar/lounge, I don't recommend it.