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Thin Bar: Not So Impressed
I had heard a few things about Onyx's new sister lounge-- THIN-- a few times, usually the same thing...its a great place to meet people, cheap drinks, awesome dance floor. Although I agree the drinks were cheap and there was a dance floor I will not agree that the people frequenting this place are really worth meeting. It may sound harsh, but this bar is so "ultra hip and chic" that I could hardly stand it. For starters the bar was almost empty when they let me and my ladies in, but refused to let our guy friends in. Instead they had to sit in a line which really had no reason to be there, since when I stepped in side I was basically hanging out with the bartenders. The vibe is pretty cool. Bright lights shining through huge art deco glass paintings, and the lounge part of the place wasnt all that bad, as there were all sorts of cushions, chairs and couches to play around on...but honestly this place doesnt live up to its buzz. The bouncers are over ancy and ready to beat you up at the first sign of trouble. The bathrooms have a unisex washroom which makes for some uncomfortable drunken moments, and even more uncomfortable moments for the three people standing there waiting to hand your paper towels... I mean come on. The music decisions were nothing to get excited over, and the dance floor (although large) had few people dancing on it, but instead was full of women trying to trying to balance on their stripper heels and men scouting out those that are most likely to be underagers. Its a wierd scene, and def too uptight and chi-chi for my liking. Maybe Ill give it another try some night, but definitely no night soon.
Dress Code: Very dressy. Almost every lady had on her shortest dress, highest heels, and lots of make up. For guys it looks like everything goes, but I would atleast throw on some nice shoes, and a button up for this place. Also there was a bit of funkiness going on, so feel free to take a chance on your outfit that night with a hat, crazy bag, bright colors, whatever.
Gaslamp Quarter: Overcrowded
This place is always insane, especially on the weekends. I feel it's a bit too touristy, but it's fun if you like being in huge crowds of people. I would recommend Hillcrest, specifically a place called Nunu's, if you want to hang out in a mellow bar.
Dress Code: There's usually a dress code for the "upscale" clubs.
Martini Ranch: A night out in San Diego
This club is 21 and up. A $10 cover charge. Drinks are from $3.50-8.00? This is a great club, get there early because this place gets packed! All they play is good music and if you want to request something from the DJ they will always play it for you. During the day this place is a bar. Around 9pm it becomes a club with 4 bars.
Dress Code: Normal club attire is worn or jeans, tennis shoes and sandals are worn
Gaslamp Quarter: The Shout! House
With all of the choices in the GasLamp - it is so refreshing to find a casual, fun, different and cool place.
Rock-n-Roll, Sing-a-Long, Dueling Pianos...this place ROCKS, the players know thousands of songs and it appeals to all ages (men & women), where else can you go make a fool of yourself - but not -everyone is doing the same thing.
There is a casual menu, some fun drinks and the cover on Fri/Sat is only $8 (cheap for the GasLamp). (If you are there before 7pm - cover)
They are at 655 4th (Between Market & G)- they take reservations for 8 or more - good idea to have a group on weekends.
Dress Code: Very casual
The Rox and Cafe Sevilla: Gaslamp Quater
Cafe Sevilla plays a mix of latin pop and bits of other music like top 40 hip hop tunes. Everyone really gets into dancing and having a good time. This is the place to go if you love to dance. Downside: It gets very warm in this club so expect to sweat. Upside: If you have dinner in the restaurant upstairs you get into the club for free.
The Rox is full of good looking stylish African Americans, however, the crowd seemed too self-concious and reserved. I was hoping that people would let loose a little more and enjoy themselves. I felt it to be more of a pick up joint than a dance club. The music is strictly hip hop and R & B.
Dress Code: The dress at both clubs is trendy stylish.
Cafe Sevilla has a mix of Latin Americans and other nationalities and The Rox has a primarily African American crowd.
Gaslamp Quarter: Nice Pub
Nice chill Irish Pub that has proper pints of all different kinds of beer, good group of people hang out in this place! The staff is very nice and the food looked really good although I did not eat here. No cover at this place, which is good cause most of down town has a cover to get in the door.
Dress Code: dress nice but dont over do it
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Gaslamp Quarter: Great clubs here
When I lived in SD I used to stroll through the Gaslamp often after dark. I lived downtown and it was cool to have all these great bars and clubs so close.
It's a straight scene though - for gay stuff go to Hillcrest - I'll be saying more about that area soon.
Dress Code: depends on the place
casual is my preference
all kinds of things here however so just know how to go.
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Napa Valley Grill: VT'ers meet in San Diego
We met at the Napa Valley Grill on November 9th, 2002 for the first SD VT meeting. The location was perfect...first class service and a great place to hold a meeting.
Dress Code: Business casual will work for this location.
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Fio's Cucina Italiana: VT'ers love Martini's
After visiting both the Napa Valley Grill and Rei do Gado (and then posing for the webcam to show our VT t-shirts), we went to Fio's for a nightcap. We had many martini's and had lots to talk about while listening to jazz.
Dress Code: Business casual is the norm...didn't eat here but the food looked and smelled good.
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