by Ivy W. on
Third clubbing experience ever (first in LA) and I'm pleased to say that Exchange did not disappoint! It was my best friend's 21st birthday and my first time celebrating a birthday with her (even though we've been best friends for ~6 years... long story, don't ask), so I wanted to do something special. I know she loves to dance, so I thought I'd take her here! I talked to my promoter friend and he got us on the VIP list. Thinking everyone was going to be free, I also invited my guy friend, but apparently only girls on the VIP list are free. He had to pay $30 (VIP price, General Admission is $20 but longer wait). My bad! The VIP line moved a lot faster than I expected; we were in within 30 minutes (got in at 11:00 pm). My only issue with the line was that a lot of people were confused where to line up, and there were a lot of people trying to cut the line since the ropes weren't long enough to divide the General Admission & VIP line. VENUE The interior and decor is nice, classy, modern, yet still has a grandeur elegant ambiance to it - probably because this venue used to be the stock exchange building. If you go straight ahead, there's a long wide hallway, with seats lined up against the wall if anyone wants to take a break, ending with the restrooms and the VIP vomit room (more on that later). The dance floor and two bars are upstairs. The dance floor was a lot smaller than I expected but sufficient. There's another floor above for the DJ, guests with tables, and restrooms. DRINKS Bartenders outside (before you hit the dance floor) are super friendly and attentive. The bartenders inside seem a bit more unfriendly. Drinks have always been good, nothing to complain about. CROWD / MUSIC Mostly Asian, so I didn't feel like I left home at all LOL but whatever, I love Asian cuties, holla! The only annoying thing was that because it's "close to home", I saw at least 6 people I knew -__- I went there wanting to meet new people, not see ones I already know. The music here is the regular Top 40, stuff you hear on the radio and played in other clubs. However, at 1:30 am, they start playing techno for the e-tards, which really, I think is a ploy to get everyone to leave because no one can really dance to techno... Smart. Oh! Poreotics performed the night we went, so that was a pleasant surprise. That was the first time I'd ever see them perform and they were adorable. PARKING There are parking structures scattered around and limited street parking, so we just valeted the car (I think it was around $10-20). They're quick and efficient getting your car out of the congested area, but took forever (~30 minutes) to bring the car back when we left -__- I was not pleased. Ok, now let's get to the juicy stuff... VIP vomit room. What is it? How did we get there? What's it like? It's exactly what it sounds like - a room for people to vomit in. I just added the "VIP" to make it sound more special LOL After buying several drinks for my best friend, she was soon plastered as it was her first time drinking ever in her 21 years of life. We were up on the 3rd floor when bouncer noticed that my bff was leaning over the balcony and couldn't stand up straight. He took us to the bathroom so she could feel better - but we were later taken to the VIP vomit room by the head bouncer dude in charge. This is a lovely room where there are couches for you to sit on and lovely plastic trash bags in large plastic boxes are provided for you to puke in. We arrived to the room around 1:00 am and were the only ones there. My bff finally puked (I'd never seen so much puke in my life), but we still weren't allowed back out until she could stand and walk straight. It wasn't until around then, did more people arrive -- we could've had our own damn party in there. After awhile it got old since the smell was unbearable. The highlight though was when a girl was carried in, screaming and gasping for air violently. I thought she was having an asthma attack, but she was delusional and hyperventilating. Supposedly, a guy had given her a drink, and 10 minutes later, she was freaking out. Ladies, this is why you don't take drinks from strangers! Exchange, being the responsible club they are, immediately called the medics since they had no idea what was in her system and she could barely speak English. (BOUNCERS) The reason why I mention the whole story with the vomit room is because I really commend Exchange for having possibly one of the greatest club staffs in the area. I've heard plenty of horror stories about bouncers, so I really expected them to all be assholes. But the staff and bouncers here really are the friendliest. Stern, but friendly and super responsible. The woman who was assigned to take care of my bff was so comforting and just overall, really nice. This is why they deserve another star. Overall, I enjoyed my time here and would definitely come back! ^___^
by Lizbeth Aquilino on
If you were thinking about Bertucci's or one of those other big brick-oven chain places, Pietro's is a better option for about the same price. As other reviewers have said, I wouldn't go out of my way to tell a friend about it, but it's a good option when you're in the neighborhood (and in THIS neighborhood, it's one of the only restaurants you can get into on a Friday or Saturday night without reservations -- and not spend a fortune.) What would I suggest as an entree? I dunno, in line with the generally lukewarm feel of the rest of my review, I'll say this: I've dined at Pietro's several times, and nothing made a huge impact either way. Nothing bad, nothing out-of-this-world, mouth watering good. But everything is good. Pizza and pasta.