by Edgardo Meisler on
After going to this place twice, my friends and I have decided we will not be going back. The first time I went was for Tavern's 1 year-anniversary open bar (free) and the 2nd was this past Saturday because a friend of mine had one an open bar party (free for him, 1/2 price drinks for friends) My first experience there gave me a very good indication of the type of service they provide - SHITTY. I have been to many open bars before, and most times I am satisfied with the drinks I order and am not disappointed by the lack of liquor in them. The bartenders at Tavern, for the most part, do not know how to make a drink properly. There was one bartender who was generous with her pouring, but overall, the drinks were weak. The second time I went, my 1/2-priced drinks were extremely disappointing. My friends and I felt like were drinking straight-up soda the entire night and felt we didn't get our money's worth - even for half price. The icing on the cake was when a friend of mine went up to the bar and ordered shots for his friends and told the bartender to pour a shot for herself as well. The bartender proceeded to pour my friend his three shots, a half a shot for herself, and another shot for her own friend, ALL of which were charged to my friend's tab. He should have contested this at the time, but as we all know female bartenders have the tendency and ability to take advantage of slightly inebriated male patrons and he did not complain. I am complaining, however, because I want to prevent the good citizens of Philly and the surrounding areas from having similar experiences. There are plenty of other establishments in the city where you can get decent drinks for reasonable prices. Don't waste your time at Tavern, you will end up sober and annoyed.
by Kevin B. on
The friendly door staff told us they were still in their "soft" opening but given the first Rateclub review is from 7/7/2010 they've had 7+ weeks to figure things out?! THE GOOD ============================================ - SPACE: great new, nice, fun themed rooms - ALCOHOL: it has a full bar (well no beers on tap and only 6 in the bottle but at least you can drink something) THE BAD ============================================ - COST: 18% gratuity added on to room bill and over 3 hours only 1 person stopped by at the very beginning to check for drinks (of course we'd stopped by the bar at the front first so didn't really need any). I think this ridiculous to begin with not to mention the service\ was the awful. $50/hr room * 3hr *18% gratuity = $192. So $42 for ??? Guess you can basically called it $64/hr for a 15ppl room. - SONG SELECTION: Although they claim to have large selection of songs, quantity does not replace quality. Most songs are these cheese versions of song (some include video of starving people in some 3rd world country that make you think of putting down the mic and joining \ the peace corp rather than singing some American pop tune over top of it) and many favorites I've song in other bars are completely missing. For instance try to find something in the 80's rock category. Van Halen? "nothing", Motley Crue? "nothing", Scorpions? 3 songs but only one I recognized was an awful version of "Winds of Change". Note: I only looked at the English song selections. - AUDIO: Yes, wireless mic's are great if they work well. Instead we battled with them (no we weren't holding the bottom either). We also got the tech in at one point to try and equalize the sound (too much base), but since the receiver is behind a locked cabinet and all\ the song aren't balanced together this really needed to be constantly adjusted so our only real control was adjusting volume to try and smooth out the rough edges. Also everything run through echo, which if I'm singing is a good thing but we need options! - ROOM LAYOUT: Set up like a living room to watch TV, but with the remote control over in the corner next to the TV. What I mean by this is the song selector touch screen is off in the corner of the room next to the TV. What I really wanted is that screen to be on the cof\ fee table in the center so that people sitting could easily find their next song. SUMMARY ============================================ Once the newness of this place wears off not sure what it has to offer its customers. If you want a real private room karaoke experience go somewhere else.
by Clyde Poniatoski on
Came here to meet up a friend for dinner! Yes, this is the same restaurant/bar as the one in Vegas within the Venetian! As we walked in, there was the host and the bar. Seems like a good place to meet up people for happy hour after work. The restaurant is in a central location as it's near Park Avenue and Central Park. We sat on the top floor with a good view of the enormous Buddha statue on one end of the restaurant. We ordered 'family' style. We got three dishes and an appetizer. The first item was a tuna tartare rendition. For the main course, we had string beans with XO sauce, a chicken dish as well as a sliced fish dish. The dishes were alright, but, I actually prefer authentic Chinese cuisine. However, it was alright as I was there to catch up with a friend! I recommend dining here if you want to go to a hotspot. Take something there for drinks at the bar or for a night on the time for dinner.