by Keenan Pasqualetti on
For my birthday, I decided to sing my heart out with friends at Pandora. Since I planned weeks in advance, I had no problem securing my first choice room (Crown Royal) on a Saturday night. *** PROS: * The themed rooms are clever, modern, and most importantly -- clean! I loved the Crown Royal room in particular because of its unique and distinguished purple throne. Fit for the birthday princess (me)! * Service was great! Our hostess helped us figure out the touch-screen in detail and patiently took food/drink orders from me and my 10 indecisive friends. * Food and drinks are relatively affordable. Most bottles are about $100-$130. Depending on the number of people in your party, it may be cheaper to get bottles than to order individual shots. CONS: * Communication with Pandora's staff was not always coherent. They don't always pick their phones (even during their business hours) and sometimes take days to respond to emails. * Pandora is located in the heart of the Tenderloin. Need I say more? I wouldn't recommend getting there any other way but taxi or car. Also, I suggest parking in the paid lots nearby. [Note: The lot literally next door is the most expensive and closes the latest. The one directly across the street is cheaper but closes at midnight. If you're willing to walk about 1.5 blocks, look for the $10 flat rate sign. They close at 3am.] * Dealing with the touch-screen was a pain. Since the screen is located in the corner of the room, only 1-2 people can manage it at a time. It's not like the other Japanese karaoke places where you can pass around that "huge remote" for song selections. * Music selection is very limited! Everyone knows that Journey's "Don't Stop Believin" is the #1 karaoke song! My friends and I were shocked to our very core that Pandora couldn't get the rights to this! *** For the most part, Pandora definitely helped make my birthday memorable and stress-free. It's a fun place to go to for group celebrations, and is probably one of the few karaoke bars in the Bay Area that has a license to serve alcohol to the private rooms. However, for a random/just-because karaoke night, I would stick to Do Re Mi or SF Town Music in Japantown.
by erik w. on
Saturday night @9pm I went to meet up with some friends at Gloria's. We were waiting around for everyone to show before getting a table. They do not sit incomplete parties. The place was still packed at 9pm. We ordered up some margaritas (very delicious although they were $7 a pop). And ate some chips and salsa while we waited. I felt underdressed in flip-flops, khaki shorts, and a nice polo. This is definitely a pants and polo type of restaurant. Unbeknownst to us, at 10pm they begin to enforce a $10 door charge and they have a dress-code. Umm..what the eff? How can a RESTAURANT have a $10 door charge? I'm not at a rock concert? Anyways, a few folks were rudely rejected at the door. Others refused to pay the $10 (not that I blame them). I'll pass on this place in the future.
by Alec Deguire on
Very classy little cocktail room on a convenient corner of Market. My friend and I stopped here after we couldn't find any street parking downtown! The ambiance is very dark and sophisticated - the bar is very decorative and the high tables and barstools are fun. Most martinis are adventurous and strong, but I would have liked to see more diversity on the menu. I think I got the special which was melon jugs somethingrather... hah. Very sweet and stronger than it tasted. Our waitress was a bit sassy but that might be because my friend changed her drink order like 3 times! Anyway, the bowl of popcorn they bring to your table is a nice touch - the saltiness keeps you coming back for more drinks. Small, cute, good location - best for martini enthusiasts.