by Edward K. on
I'm from Atlanta and the nightclub scene there is epic so I use my experience to gauge other spots I've been to. Circle is a love or hate place. Most people make too quick of a judgement before they really experience Circle. There's two situations you can find yourself (for the most part). You can either be like 90% of other cheapskates who try and pretend to have the money to club by showing up in the normal line; this will cut your first impression of the place down a bit. OR You can do it like you should and get a table (if not more). The people who end up with the table option mostly love it, those who hate it are the people who wait it in line. I had a birthday event at Circle recently and trust me, getting the table service is FAR BETTER than doing it like the masses. My group of 25 or so (they accommodate 15 at most but we ended up getting 5 bottles + plenty of shots, all-in-all a $2500 bill) got to the club at 10:30pm to see that no one was there. This soon changed because when it hit 11:30pm, people started flooding the club like it was a bull run in Madrid. The club gets packed quite quickly and you will not regret the table service (unless the price tag is too high). On average, tables can run from $300 upwards, based on the number of bottles you get. On the outside, the staff are attentive to dress code and are highly selective with the guy to girl ratio. Hence, Circle has more girls than guys (smart business idea, albeit restrictive). Even with my group, we had 10 guys and only after we told them another 8 girls were joining, did they let such a big group in. Normally, you should expect to have a 1:1 guy:girl ratio (preferably 2:1 girls to guys) or expect to wait in line for awhile. Only way a group of guys are getting in without girls is to offer to buy extra bottles at a table (happened to me the first time). Even if you have girls in your group but they got there ahead of you, you will be stuck outside. Big tip: come together with the whole group unless you have stragglers that are girls. There is an opposing side on the inside; the waiters and section managers are extremely friendly and helpful. In other words, they really look out and make sure you have a good time. Even if a friend is too drunk or rowdy, they will seek you or another friend out and give a heads up to the situation (most clubs in my experience don't bother with this). The section manager will seek you out and check how the service is going and once in a while, the manager will pop by and offer a few shots (special occasions mostly) Enough of the employee relations, onto the actual club. While the space is big for a NYC joint, the decor is slightly lacking. Most of the location is in black and only the VIP tables are set-up nicely. The main floor bars are set-up with the sense that it is not for show but for sales volume. The bottles are not lined up in an attractive way which some clubs do to enhance decor but are there for bartenders to shove out the popular drinks and shots quickly and efficiently. The VIP section is set-up nicely, as mentioned before. The one thing it lacks is space; most tables are smaller than bed stands but the couches are arranged around so that more people can fit than normal. My suggestion is to have 6-8 people for one table but not more. My group of 25 was seated at 3 tables in connection so it was just big enough. All-in-all it was a good time. This club does include a 20% tip for almost all orders so be careful not to tip extra. Example: Four shots of patron and one coors costs $90 because it includes tip. In my opinion, the music selection could use some heavy work. They mix it up with Korean tunes, NY Hiphop (where's the west coast and dirty south music?), and some random house/electropop mixed in. Honestly, the music would make the club much more poppin' if they played some real hiphop and rap, not just the radio tunes that blast everyday 24/7. As for the masses, there are quite a few attractive girls that show up but unless you got some hustle, don't bother. If you aren't willing to drop some $$ to have a good time, you will probably be a sideliner watching everyone else. If you want to have a good time, willing to spend some dough, and have ladies to bring with you, this spot is great. Even though its one of two Asian clubs in the city, it gears itself primarily towards Koreans.
by Jackelyn Varian on
Love music? FUNKTION ONE SOUND SYSTEM! -one of the top soundsystems--gives this place 3 stars with no other consideration. As a new club it's hard to get into so people really need to stop complaining. I went the second week after its opening on Friday which are house/electro nights--my music preferance. And my girls and I had a ton of fun! It was slightly crowded but wasn't as overwhelming and I expected it to be. There were some fun people in the crowd which made the night more interesting. I agree with past review, it has a Miami feel to it which is nice--makes me miss that crazy weekend back in March for a little festival called WMC! :P And DJ echo helps bring it all back. The drinks I couldn't say, we stuck to GG shots all night, ya that made the next morning rough--but gets the job done. Most of the bartenders seemed nice, minus 1 guy by the stage whose bottle of goose tasted off but would not believe me nor reach for a new one after we told him it didn't taste right. I quickly closed my tab after 2 rounds and tipped him $1. The upper deck area the overlooks like dance floor is a nice touch and helps to separate the main room of the club. I hate when a club is just one big room. I didn't enjoy: The bartender noted above. Last Fri when a security guy in front sold us and a bunch of other people fake tickets in line! (We got him fired, don't worry.) The bar near the stage..just gets in the way. The line that goes here and there and for nowhere.
by Flor Coney on
I took a job candidate to lunch here since it was close to the office. I had heard they were a bit slow on the service side, so I ordered a salad thinking it would be quicker. My colleague ordered the all-you-can-eat sushi, and he had finished his soup, salad, and first sushi plate by the time my salad arrived 45 minutes later. I won't be going back, unless it's just for drinks. The food was just ok, and the ambiance was not bad. Didn't seem to busy or too loud.