by Rebecca D. on
Perfect for dancing! My mom's friend was visiting from Canada and wanted to go dancing, so I looked up placed on Rateclub and settled on this. I'm so glad I did. We arrived on a Friday night around 9pm and they didn't charge us a cover. We parked for free on Bush and Powell, right by the Stockton garage (which was only $8 for the night). Almost all the tables were reserved but somehow we managed to get a great booth near the dance floor and band. It's a really cool atmosphere with comfortable seating and really great music. My mom is 60, her friend is 50, and I'm 35 (all women), and the variety of ages in the club was perfect for us. Ages ranged from 21 to 70, with most people in their 30s and 40s, I'm guessing. The ethnic makeup was a nice variety of white, asian, black and hispanic. The crowd was okay looking, not bad, though if I was single I might have been disappointed. The music was really impressive - the live band played a lot of great 70s music, nice variety (of 70s plus other decades, including the recent "Crazy") with lots of energy for dancing. The singer was awesome - he sounded like Stevie Wonder, great range, style and tone. He was also great with the audience, moving around occasionally, made lots of eye contact, plus he's hot. The guitarist and tenor saxophone player both played lots of incredible solos (effective melodic builds and structure, great music references, tons of energy), and both were also great supporting players. The keyboardist and drummer really kept the music moving well, and the keyboardist has a nice voice for backups and lead vocals. The DJ spun great tunes for dancing (the live band and DJ traded off). The dance floor is a great size, at times filled and sometimes empty, but never made me feel crowded or self-conscious (a few people sitting can see the dance floor, but if you don't want to be watched, no problem finding a spot). Some men asked all of us to dance at various points in the evening (we stayed past midnight), but none of them became persistent, so that added to the experience. I wouldn't go here to meet someone as a single person, but it's perfect for couple and those who just want to have a great time out, drinking and dancing (and if someone in your party doesn't want to dance, there's no pressure with the way it's set up - my mom sat in the booth for much of the night). The host, Robert, and our waitress were both very attentive, friendly and efficient. We had drinks when we wanted them, and were not pressured to buy more when we were finished. We also felt safe to leave our belongings at the booth unattended, but I also brought my purse to the dance floor because their is a shelf on the edge where you can place drinks and belongings - perfect. The view is incredible, most of the night I felt like I was dancing with San Francisco. The bathrooms are also nice and I never had to wait. The live music was piped in, too, which I appreciated. The drinks were tasty. I ordered a Devilish (very light and refreshing, nice girly drink) and a Napa Crush (tasted more like alcohol, still sweet and delicious). My mom ordered a martini (thumbs up) and a Brambo (I think that was the name, it was really good with sweet and sour flavors). Her friend ordered two Cherry Bombs, which she obviously liked (less sweet than my drinks, good for both men and women). All drinks were $10 each, except the martini ($10.50).
by Temple Gudmundson on
Good venue for a night out, listening to whatever artist WCL brings in - one of the best things is just showing up and being 'surprised'...just check out a new band. One of the best 'surprises' was a few years ago when a then unknown, Jamie Cullum, was performing - knocked our socks off! Couple months later Twenty-something is in heavy rotation in the U.S. Pretty good accoustics in the downstairs venue, but I find the upstairs venue too noisy at times, as not everyone is sitting there listening to the artists, but chatting away...nothing wrong w/it but still distracting if you are enjoying the music. Food good, nothing that 'wows' you, but good. Only downside is the parking - walking blocks and blocks to find a spot in the middle of a cold, winter night isn't pleasant, but hey, it's a night out!