by Bianca Titsworth on
A solid three stars. Going to this club can easily be a hit-or-miss experience, as it usually is for large venues. For example, if I were to base it COMPLETELY off my experience last night (the Chris Brown Xmas Extravaganza), they would have to invent a negative. Coat check took at least twenty minutes (and longer on the way out), the line was four-people wide and was constantly being cut, while some dude on a megaphone, instead of enforcing the line, hollered out the obvious: "THIS IS COAT CHECK. PLEASE LINE UP AGAINST THE WALL FOR COAT CHECK." Event was probably oversold, because after 1 AM, the crowding became insane - especially on the third floor (Grand Ballroom). Some random girl literally smacked me upside the head and was ready to seriously fight, with her posse right behind her. I had to walk away from her or risk death by drunken bitch. Chris Brown showed up for five minutes onstage and left, and me and my friend didn't bother to stick around to wait for him to return; we could barely see him anyway from the outskirts of the crowd where we were shoved to. Around 3, people had trouble either getting into or getting out of the room, and it was all shoving, getting elbowed etc for at least 20 minutes. Nobody could MOVE. Ventilation sucked too; felt like we were drowning in everyone's sweat. All me and my friend could think about was getting the hell out: we had basically paid $40+ (overpriced drinks included - 10+ bucks for beer, really?) for a nightmare club experience. Afterwards, we agreed we should've gone to a smaller venue, even a bar like bOb which may be tiny but has seriously great music. That said... the reason I'm still giving Webster 3 stars is because I've HAD good times here, and if you can get in for cheap with a promotion, then it's not so bad. Three floors makes for decent variety and the Grand Ballroom, when it's NOT being taken over by a mob, can feel pretty incredible because of its size. And, while I've never actually been to any of the concerts, Webster seems to pull an impressive lineup of performers. Maybe the lesson is to just avoid those oversold, apparently super-overhyped/rated events.
by Sonya Malleck on
This is a great place to go for birthdays. I put together a surprise b-day for my bf here and it was worth the costs. So fair warning, weekdays and weekends have different setting since I believe the place becomes a club on the weekends. I went on a Wed. So, what happened? First, from the outside, it looks like shitty shack, and once you walk in you find yourself in this sorta pretty nice, low-lit bar/restaurant place, which you wouldn't expect judging the book by its cover (happens a lot in SF). Second, you'll get seated either at the bar or the high tables, and so far nothing out of the ordinary. Once the show starts, it starts to get entertaining as these hot asian babes(?) come out, one at a time to give you their little dance show for the customers. Little did all my friends know, all the dancers were trans and very beautiful for that matter. They ended turning to me after every dance routine and asked "is she a he?!" It was hilarious to see so many men sooooooooo confused. Anyway, mostly pros: 1) The show was entertaining. 2) Great food. I really didn't expect to have a good show + good food. Usually its either one or the other. 3) They will give you b-day requests on the house usually. 4) One performer all of a sudden made out with a guy at a bar. So I'll let you judge this one. Cons: 1) Cost, but it's worth it I believe. 2) Sorta in a shady looking place. 3) Closes early on the weekdays.
by Nicole H. on
I felt the need to give credit where credit is due. This is my first time going to Copeland's and I was there with a very large group. Sometimes even the best of restaurants have a hard time attending to groups and chaos often ensues. So I must say that the wait staff stayed on top of things and kept everything flowing. Their Chocolate Martini definitely helped pass the time away. Apparently they serve Sunday brunch so I might have to try it at some point. Would definitely like to have a conversation with someone over Filet Benedict and Cajun eggs (saw that on the menu as I left...very intriguing). And can I just comment on their dessert display? As I left I saw something that, as a good friend of mine said recently, "I'd love to clog my arteries with". One slice of cake was at least a foot tall..wow.