by Jane K. on
My expectations weren't as high as my hopes for this place and last night they roundhouse kicked it out of the ballpark. Soft openings in my experience are usually riddled with slow bartenders, unorganized bouncers, or simply packed to the gills so you can hardly get a look around. The Chelsea Room had none of that and was simply a very good time. Two bars on either end of the basement space ensured approachable queues for drinks while the dance floor smack in the middle gave it a rambunctious flavor. While there were plenty of booths and banquettes for those teetering on too high heels, most of the crowd was on their feet dancing to the DJ that played everything from Kid Cudi to African Tribal music. And somehow the (hot) bongo drum player as an elevated centerpiece to the scene kept pace with it all. The Chelsea Hotel is a NYC landmark with a raucous rock and roll history. Creating a club/lounge out of the basement could easily disappoint diehards but this was plain fun, the old fashioned way. I look forward to watching it evolve and just hope they keep it simple...too many stars before it have crashed and burned in those hallowed halls.
by Kenny L. on
Was here in late June for UCLA grad party. If you want to have fun and dance, don't come here because this place is way too small. The dance floor upstairs on a UCLA student sponsored weekend event gets way too packed. Any club event drawing a college crowd, avoid at all cost cause it just brings the club's prestige down.
by Garth Vandewalker on
Wow, what can I say that hasn't already been said 100 times before. Maybe it's because I can't dance, but gun to my head, I'd have to say that the people who frequent there leave something to be desired, I ALWAYS walk out smelling like an ashtray, and the staff are indifferent (although if I had to deal with the patrons that frequent Woody's I would be too, so I don't blame them). Not to mention that, like other bars in R.O. you have to pay a fee to walk upstairs to another, even more crowded bar. Someone's making some money on that. So I guess I'm not Woody's target demographic, I'm over 25, graduated college, and don't feel the need to black out every weekend. Sorry Woody's, you've got a prime space, but that's about it.