by Darren Zavala on
i don't hate this place. =P came here for the first time with some friends last weekend. the music was good. the male bartender that we kept going to had a heavy hand so the drinks were STRONG. not complaining though because it made for a great night. i always love coming back to party in sf, cause everyone is always getting down to the hip hop. its def not like that in the midwest. good crowd for the most part. there was this one D-bag that was totally wasted and would not leave us alone...it was so bad that a bouncer had to step in. that dude was lame and so were his friends for not handling him in that drunken state. regardless, i'd come back. =)
by Jed Inzunza on
The venue is has a convenient location. It is by far the easiest venue to get to of its caliber (wait, except maybe Warfield). Some of the most amazing shows I have ever been to took place inside the beautiful walls of GAMH. Klaxons left me wet with sweat (which I wish was my own but I am sure about 50% was not). Arctic Monkeys left me dazzed (they had so much hype around them, to see them play at this place is amazing. Somone offered me $100 outside for my ticket), Kings of Leon left me elated. Even the Kings bassist told me this venue ranked in his top 3 he had ever played. It is big enough to bring your friends and small enough to still be that elitist hipster prick. Ticket prices are always reasonable. The box office is open during the day and there is ALWAYS (I say that very confidently) tickets at the door. Whether it is 5 or 25 there will always be tickets at the door. The balcony area is mostly reserved for dinner guest but if you get there early enough you can scope out and find an excellent seat over the side of the stage. Honestly though, every seat in the balcony is superb. This is a must go to place whether you are a resident or a tourist.
by miss b. on
weak. MUSIC: cheezy hip hop. ugh. i left shortly after i arrived. DECOR: typical hotel decor, & that ain't good. it's supposed to be hip, not tired & predictable! decor is nothing compared to the beauty of ruby skye upstairs. kinda cool there's no sign outside. i'm bitter they didn't let me ride the slide b/c i had a short skirt on. i heard the slide is sticky. weak. didn't really see the dance floor, probably b/c it was way back there in a dark corner. it's not even that big. it seriously looks like a hotel bar. UPDATE: i rode the slide this time & totally fell on my ass! they have radios to communicate b/w upstairs & downstairs, but the guy totally did not catch me & that slide is fast. they should put pillows @ the bottom b/c several ppl told me that happened to them. i smell a lawsuit. my butt hurt for a while. BATHROOM: really nice, love the hammered basin & padded walls. the automatic toilet works like a charm, not retarded like most. OVERALL: wouldn't go back unless i was obligated to for a friend's birthday or something. more of a lounge than a club. UPDATE: i guess it's not that bad, but i hear it's a $30 cover & would feel ripped off if i ever had to pay that...$30 for what?! in a city like s.f., u gotta bring the goods w/a new spot, something wow, not hotel lobby w/a fucked up slide.