by Samantha Devincenzi on
I have many a vague and fuzzy and fun memory of OCH. My bff has been "on the scene" for years now and knows most of the super sweet bartenders here. But I don't think we get any better or stronger drinks because of that. They pour heavy and tasty and flirty for everyone. Last nite I got my sweet tea vodka in a (large) mason jar. How shabby chic! And the boy bartender (open button down shirt, shortie shorts, hat turned sideways, so cute and sweet) also complimented my boobs. What is it with the gay boyz and my lady pillows? I certainly don't hate the attention and my hubby is not jealous of a gay boy doing a Brumskey on me, so brang it on! OCH is a rarity in the gay bar world....it has longevity. It's a Cheers for a lot of people and the cool thing is, even I always run into old friends here too! And thanks to the drinks being served, it's always (embarrassingly) an "I love you man!" reunion :) I love coming here and these are some of the reasons why: Halloween! OMG do these guys and gals know how to dress up and throw a party. It is balls to the walls, literally! My little party ventured in here one year. We consisted of mostly straight folks, including my hubby and a guy friend of mine, who spent most of the evening nervously sidling along the walls like deer in headlights. My friend decided to leave when his ass was grabbed. Dude, you're dressed as a pirate in a gay bar. What'd you expect?? I got a cool duffel bag from a drag queen who was doing a show and promoting rum once. I got an OCH t-shirt once and wore it to a local sports bar/restaurant that caters to the Harley set. Sweet, oblivious hubby finally asked me while at the bar, getting stares from some of the biker babes, what OCH meant? I thought he would melt off his barstool in embarrassment when I educated him. He can't take me anywhere :) Everyone I have ever met here has been so fun and sweet and I think a lot of that has to do with the comfort level in this bar. It's like drinking at home.....a home filled with cute boys!
by Calysta J. on
This place is within walking distance to my house, so that makes it slightly better than okay for sheer convenience, but I realize that is personal to me. As for anyone else reading this review, I can say this: it is a sports bar with a $12.00 salad. Albeit, the salad, which is called the Allendale for the nearby neighborhood, is quite tasty with candied walnuts, blue cheese crumbles, chicken, etc., it is still a $12 dollar salad (like that $5 milkshake in Pulp Fiction). I met some friends there tonight to try the burgers that apparently were voted award-winning by Texas Monthly. The burger was good - perfectly cooked, on ciabatta bread, a large portion with their yummy parmesan fries, but I have had, if not better, equally as good burgers elsewhere. My friends let me taste their bread pudding (Lousiana Longhorn's IS better), it was tasty, but the consistency was a little towards a cinnamon roll rather than bread pudding. All in all, I say this is a good place to take a date if you are trying to watch a game, but still leave your date with the impression that you are considering her as well, as the place is an "upscale" sports bar.
by Elyse Mcgavin on
I've been going here quite often more than 20-30 times since I moving to the bay within a year! Parking is easy to find around the blocks, but stay clear away from the TL area. I park more towards Union Square and just walk down to Ruby Skye. Also be aware that around that area street cleaning on certain sides of the street are Sat morning at 2am and Ruby Skye closes around 3:45a so don't forget! Cover can be pricey (however, keep in mind that the DJs that are headlining are usually world class talent (meaning they also produce music), if its not a huge headliner like Armin Van Buuren, then chances are there are guestlists available through various promoters! DO go to http://spundae.com(the main promoter for Ruby Skye) and sign up on their mailing list. They will email you weekly for their events and you can see if there is a guest list sign up! If you do have to purchase will-call tickets, you DO NOT HAVE TO PRINT your confirmation! Just go to the will call line and your name will be on the will-call list! The DJs they bring in are usually trance (uplifting or hard) with some progressive house DJs along with electro house. It's a rarity to see other types of genres like deep house (Mark Farina does occasionally spin there, and Lawn Chair Generals are spinning there this Saturday). The opening act, you will usually here minimal tech/house. People here are cool and chillax. Yes you will see some people drunk and going crazy over the DJs (I remember when I was there when Deadmau5 was performing, I was next to some dude who kept on shouting). Ah well, at least he's having fun right? Yes, you will see lots of Asians and especially older Asians (Vietnamese to be exact). They love their trance, and love ecstasy! But totally harmless! The decor is nice with a vintage theater style setting. The lighting is top notch. Check out all those gobos they have! Sound system is good. Also they have nice theatrics from their go-go dancers. This is coming from an experienced clubber since I was 18 and also from a DJ who knows his music.