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Comment Archives: Locations: Bars + Clubs: Bar: 2 Stars

Re: “Hippodrome

Sara Jaroz and her band were fantastic. The rest of the evening left much to be desired. 7pm was the starting time of the concert, with an opening band prior to Ms. Jaroz. We arrived at 7pm and waited almost one hour, standing up outside in the heat...why could we not be seated, cool and settled for the concert? Slow at the ticket counter (only one)...another wait inside.

After 8pm we were finally admitted only to discover it was dark in the auditorium....
NO HOUSE LIGHTS to help find your seat. One or two staff were available but none of them helped anyone to their seat.

HOUSE LIGHTS are used to help people get seated SAFELY and so they can scan to find personal items prior to leaving...what is so hard about flipping a switch?

And then there was the alcohol...selling before the performance, no problem. Selling DURING a performance is cheesey...increase your profits, did you? Throughout the entire evening people were walking to and from the bar/restroom....right in front of the performers (SO RUDE) and the rest of us...very distracting.


Other than the performances, it was a miserable evening.

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Posted by Mollie Katsen on July 15, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Re: “Pearlz

I must admit that I have enjoyed Pearlz may times in the past. This trip was not the experience that I was hoping and have enjoyed iln the past. The waitress’ recommendation on oysters was totally off base, I don’t think she actually eats oysters. Secondly, grilled Mahi fish taco was mostly a cabbage taco with little chunks of fish on top. It’s not at all what I’ve come to enjoy on my previous trips. I think I’ll just stick to the gulf oysters and skip the rest of the menu.

Posted by Jayman on June 4, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Re: “King Street Grille

Food is great, its the only reason I come back. Buffalo shrimp are awesome, and love the waffle cheese fries.

The service though is ATROCIOUS. One time I just had to leave, my group (3 people) got seated and we never could find anybody to take orders, drinks, anything. Crazy.

The rest of the times, service has just been super slow, Takes probably 15 minutes just to get drinks. Its a shame too because the food is great.

Posted by shocksplicer on December 11, 2011 at 12:58 AM

Re: “Queen Anne's Revenge

After not liking Queen Anne's Revenge since they opened, we went shortly after they changed their menu because we heard it was much improved. Wrong. Service was just plain abysmal. It took nearly 20 minutes to get drinks and the waitress reeked of cigarette smoke when she delivered them so it seems obvious where the delay was.

Of the six of us only one enjoyed her entree. My fish special entree was cold to the point the sauce had formed a skin. My partner's mixed seafood was tasty but salty, and the portion was tiny.

It has potential, but not so much that I want to go back.

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Posted by Charles Robinson on November 17, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Social

I went to Social regularly when they opened a few years ago & always loved it...fast forward to my most recent visits, where the food was still very good but the service was so horrible that I will not be going back. The bartenders were all too involved with chatting each other up and doing shots behind the bar to take our order. When I inquired about different wines, the server attempted to upsell me to the most expensive glasses available. She did the same thing with the food, which was good, though scant, with respect to the prices. Too bad this has become yet another "see & be seen" bar, instead of the classy place it started out as.

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Posted by hollyplay on November 10, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Blind Tiger

Have a drink, enjoy the courtyard, skip the food.

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Posted by Cooney on October 6, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Hatchell's American Tapas Tavern

We used to go to Hatchells all the time. Then they upped their "tappas" sized portions to meal size so you have to pay more and can't possibly order several to share, and got rid of Harp. We ate at Hatchells BECAUSE of the small portions and equivalently sized prices, oh yeah, and for the Harp, but don't see much reason anymore. I can get an average tasting too-big meal and no Harp just about anywhere in MtP

Posted by echo on September 8, 2011 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ

Home team's ok, it has good bands and the staff is friendly and efficient but:
1. Food: Doesn't come even close to Smokey Oak, in quality, quantity, or price.
2. Parking: Not enough, and your life is in danger in that back parking lot.
3. Prices: Charges admission, and too much for drinks.
4. But worst of all, this place is just not comfortable at all- the metal back chairs hurt before too long, and you can only see the bands from a few seats around the bar. Also, they tend to leave the doors open so the poison from the nicotine addicts gets in.
I'll go there if somebody I want to see is playing, but I usually don't stay very long.

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Posted by TROLLSLAYER on August 31, 2011 at 10:54 PM

Re: “Husk Restaurant

Was excited to eat here after having such trouble getting a reservation. The space is nice and we enjoyed the appetizers, soft shell crab and chicken skins, but the entrees were nothing to write home about. One dish, the risotto, was inedible. Dessert was tasty, I think it was the oatmeal pie I will eventually go back because I want to like the place, but the first impression wasn't stellar.

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Posted by patelsd on July 17, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Joe Pasta

I just left this place and have to agree with the other reviews.

Service was SLOW. The party next to us left after 30 minutes and only an appetizer.
Food was average and appeared to have been left on the counter until it was lukewarm.

Avoid this place. Pizza Hut would be just as good and a lot faster.

4 of 4 people like this.
Posted by SPBiker on April 4, 2011 at 9:50 PM

Re: “Tommy Condon's Irish Pub & Seafood Restaurant

Skip it. Food isn't good. Waitstaff is not attentive. Overpriced.

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Posted by bookah on March 13, 2011 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Coleman Public House

The Coleman Public House was a visit that I was really looking forward to, and was very disappointed.

We arrived for lunch a few minutes before noon. The restaurant is rather small, but warm and inviting.

A friend had recommended the restaurant saying they serve “high end” pub food and many high quality craft and import beers. Had she not had said that we would never have known this, as this was not our experience.

We were seated in a dining area that abutted a small room that was hosting a networking group. There was one other table in the dining room and a couple at the bar.

Our server quickly greeted us and explained the day’s special. We read through the menu as we listened to the din of the networking group. We quickly placed our order.

We then waited, and waited, and waited for lunch. I understand that a small business would like to cater to a networking group, but on the days that it hosts it, the regular patrons should also be considered.

We waited 35 minutes for lunch. Bear in mind that other than the networking group of about 15, there were six customers in the restaurant.
I’m OK waiting for lunch, but when it arrives after all that time, it should be great.

The California burger (Monterey Jack cheese, apple wood smoked bacon, avocado, sprouts, tomato and creamy Dijon had great potential but it was served well done versus the medium temp that was requested.

My Southwestern salad (Field greens, chicken apple wood smoked bacon, blue cheese crumbles, egg, tomato, avocado and Dijon vinaigrette), was beyond bland. I asked for more dressing hoping it would help, but it didn’t. Although the greens were fresh and crisp the salad had ZERO flavor. I know that it may seem hard to believe, given the list of ingredients, but it’s true.

We tried to visit the Public House on a Friday evening and it was packed, so obviously it has a following - just not these two followers.

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Posted by susieg on February 13, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Blind Tiger

I work on Broad Street, which doesn't have that many choices to grab a quick lunch. I've eaten here plenty of times, mainly because it's just a few steps from my office. Honestly, the food isn't bad, but it's overpriced. The service, though is horrible. I went in the other day to pick up a to go order and gave the young waitress a $20 before she gave me a check. I knew my food cost $8 (not including tax) and she gave me back $9 in change, still no receipt. I told her that my meal didn't cost $11 and she said "oh, I got confused. I meant to give you back $11." So, she gave me two more bucks, no change. I'm sure tax didn't total exactly a dollar. In the same experience, I saw the other waitress sneeze into her hands twice and not bother to wash her hands afterwards. I could go on and on about other times of bad service, which is pretty much every time I go in there. Honestly, after reading that other review about the chef not washing his hands once after handling various meats, I think I'm done eating there. However, I will still go to their outdoor patio to enjoy a drink or two because let's face it, that's the best thing about that place.

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Posted by jcs22 on February 5, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Re: “Husk Restaurant

My friends and I started our girls night out at husk last week, unfortunately we did not take the opportunity to taste we did spend sometime in the bar. I'm sorry to say the bartenders were not helpful in anyway shape or form. As I was waiting for the girls to arrive there were three bartenders at that time and I was completely ignored for what seemed to be an eternity. I was very thirsty! The handcrafted cocktails were good, I'm not sure they were 10$ good. Maybe if the bar service added quality to our experience I might think differently. I have reservations on the 23rd maybe the restaurant will get me warmed back up to husk again. I wasn't feeling the love in the bar. Positive is it's cozy and beautiful.

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Posted by chickadee on December 6, 2010 at 12:04 AM

Re: “Montreux Bar and Grill

A few months ago I went to Montreaux for lunch. The place was empty and it took a very long time to get our meal. I was pleased to see that there was a booth at Summerville's Taste of the Town last weekend. The food was good and they were handing out coupons for lunch specials.

Today my partner and I stopped in for lunch. Again the restaurant was empty at 1:00 pm. I noticed the specials on the board walking into the restaurant. They were not listed on the interior of the restaurant. We ordered the special, the meatball sub. Had I the opportunity to study the special, I would have skipped on it because it came with a side of pasta, which was tasty but I try to avoid starch when I can. I mention it because it seemed that they must have had to boil fresh water for the pasta, because it took over 20 minutes to get our food. I ordered the special because I figured it would be quick. The portion size left much to be desired. It was a $8 6 inch.

We sat at a table and were served by the bartender who was very friendly and attentive. Given that she was the only server, I concluded that I was mistaken in believing that the restaurant had seriously committed to a regular lunch business. Another gentleman came into the restaurant and got his order much quicker than we did. Apparently I should have ordered a quesadilla.... I want to support local businesses but I do not have the time to risk another slow service at Montreaux anytime soon.

Posted by shadowtax on November 10, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Parson Jack's Café

Love the fried mushrooms! Do think some of the girls need to check themselves before they put those shorts on though...

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Posted by SoUtHeRnQT4LyF on October 24, 2010 at 8:33 PM

Re: “O'Brion's Pub & Grille

Started off well but now just a regular sports bar. You won't find a single bar like this in Ireland. This could have been a great place for the family but it isn't. You can't hear a word anyone is saying. Such a disappointment as the area really needed a good place to eat.

Posted by bumblebee1 on October 17, 2010 at 7:42 PM

Re: “Mellow Mushroom

I don't know what happened to this place. I used to eat there all the time about 6 years ago when I was first in Charleston. It was usually my first pick for pizza, as the bar crowd was usually pretty good, and the pizza was a great value for the taste. I went back with my family when we first came back to Charleston. It was terrible. I let the manager know about it, he allowed me swap out for a steak sub. I was willing to take another chance on them, as any one can have a bad one (especially with the volume MM produces). Different night, same result. The pizza, the cheese in particular, had a sour taste to it. Just not good at all. I gave the pizza away (and paid for it), and went and got a burrito. I'm not sure if it's the corporate expansion or cutting corners, but this place has gone downhill.

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Posted by Muskie on October 3, 2010 at 6:05 PM

Re: “Social

I have heard a lot of mixed stories about Social and so I went there the other day to test out the place. I went with my girlfriends and the atmosphere was very urban. There were people crowded around the bars and the lights/art was impressive.

The service was horrible though. There was a tall blonde hostess who spilled water all over me and didn't even apologize. She kept walking back and forth stomping her feet, scrubbing tables in front of guests with a dirty rag, and looked like she detested her job.

The food was pretty good but nothing special or fancy but the drink selection was great. Lots of different wine selections! I would skip the entire food/meal part and go mingle by the bar. Also, avoid that tall blonde hostess!

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Posted by Abby437 on September 29, 2010 at 6:56 PM

Re: “NV Dance Lounge

Every time I think that Charleston is on it's way back up something like this place happens. Why do Charleston bars have to follow the trends of NYC or LA. Got news, the bar is in Charleston so stop trying to be something you're not. The cover is ridiculous for what you are getting. I think they think that the idea that they borrowed was the prices.

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Posted by -A on August 15, 2010 at 11:49 AM

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