by Danielle J. on
I couldn't agree with Jackie S's review more...I'd read about this place being so hard to get into and so amazing, so we wanted to give Boom Boom Room and Avenue a shot... Figured we'd start with Avenue, and per usual at any club, there was a line outside..honestly, if you're a girl, I really don't understand this getting in concept..I think you just need to try to skip the line and you'll have success, I've never once been told either 1) go wait in line or 2) no, only bottle service.. Avenue was no different, the door guy didn't make us wait in line, we didn't do bottle service nor anything else, but to say it was disappointing once inside would be an understatement. The venue itself was nice enough, although incredibly dark and somewhat narrow to me, and the crowd was anything but impressive. I kept saying how the crowd was hideous (which normally I wouldn't care about, but having read about how elite and gorgeous the crowd is here, I expected at least SOMETHING), and my friend claimed to have seen many models, but I sure missed them (or they didn't look the part)... Also all the dudes were seriously shorter than I am (and I'm not tall). We were here around 1:30, yes, the drinks are absurd ($22 for a cosmo, which included the 18% gratuity), but given the crowd I'd rather take that $$ hit than try to get any free drinks from one of the midget dudes in here... Music was ok, but it was a bit too crowded to dance with drinks in my opinion (also more rap music than dance-y), so as soon as we chugged (literally, I chugged mine) our drinks, we peaced out. Two stars for door guy being as we'd planned/hoped and not making us wait in line (but again, that doesn't seem unusual, so seriously girls, unless you're with guys I'm telling you, just try to skip line!)
by Michelle K. on
Get ready for more out of town reviews from me. Pod is a 3.5 star place, just as the Average Rating suggests. 4 stars for decor: yay for the chairs, the lights, and the martini-sipping well dressed crowd on a thursday night, but nay for the all-metal bathrooms that tried to go too futuristic. 5 stars for service: our waitress was attentive, answered q's, and most importantly was very professional when my friend realized she had ordered the wrong sushi rolls...and left us with the "wrong" food for free. So in the end we did get the right amount of food for our money! 3 stars for price 4 stars for food: i highly recommend the U love salmon2.0 rolls! (Smoked salmon wrapped tasmanian salmon and mango maki served with soy glaze and mango cream sauce). If you're not at the sushi bar, make sure to ask for a separate sushi menu so you're not limited to the combos (read: more expensive/complicated sushi) on the regular menu. If I lived in Philly, I wouldn't return too soon, but I was happy to find a decent restaurant in University City on our one night in town.
by Riley Hirst on
Sunday afternoon+live band+booze+a VERY eclectic bunch of people= awesome- AKA El Rio When I lived in here for a while I used to come here on Sunday afternoons. Probably the most fun and memorable SF experiences I have had. The patio is great- I felt like I was in the Caribbean, with the live band and the atmosphere-not in San Francisco. The drinks were strong and reasonable and the crowd was interesting and inviting. I have suggested several friends check El Rio out while in the city and they all had a great time.