Last night, David and I went out to a party at a club. There was a big party that a friend was throwing. I won't go into details about that friend or the name of the party, but I felt like it was a disaster.
This party had the following going for it:
1.) Great advertising on social media
2.) A handsome and organized promoter
3.) A location that was easy to find (and close to home so we could uber over)
4.) Hot gogo boys dancing at the bar
5.) A really great DJ mixing music from all over the world including Nigerian dance music that made David really happy.
6.) A packed club full of good looking and polite people.
7.) Clearly marked exits (I get a little paranoid after the massacre at Pulse Night Club).
Here is where they failed:
1.) They had a cover that was too high for what they offered. We paid $20 each.
2.) They only accepted cash at the door and the atm at the bar had a $100 maximum. That means that if you were having a few drinks, you needed to go twice to that atm and pay them $3 each time. Not cool.
3.) Bartenders that didn't know how to mix drinks. This is a 95% gay audience. We are not generally beer drinkers. David and I throughout the night ordered the following with associated results:
a.) 3 Margaritas - one of the only things that they did just ok on. They ran out of lime juice by 2:00 a.m. for a party scheduled until 4:00 a.m. (Lime juice is a key ingredient for many very popular mixed drinks including margaritas and cosmopolitans). A good club knows this and has plenty on hand.
b.) Vodka peach sour - listed as one of their specialty drinks. It tasted like chemicals and was undrinkable
c.) Vodka Pineapple - All vodka and no pineapple also made this undrinkable
d.) Rum and coke - They RAN OUT OF RUM by 1:30 a.m. Seriously. This is a gay carnival event celebrating the islands and you run out of rum? All rums...from the well to the most expensive. What kind of bar runs out of rum any way. Seriously? Even straight bars must serve quite a few rum drinks. They didn't even tell me they were out of rum and served me a vodka coke - yuck
e.) Scotch and ginger ale - I was very clearly stating this. They gave me Jack and ginger. Jack is not scotch. They taste very different.
f.) Sex on the Beach - only other drink they didn't mess up that night.
4.) Four staff spent quite a bit of time trying to get the cash register opened. They finally had to leave it open all night.
5.) Not enough bartenders and a really bad bar tender structure - The lines were long and the bartenders kept running into each other and spilling drinks. I think they only had three and then grabbed some friends to help causing a problem.
6.) Not making sure their equipment was ready for a crowd - The soda "gun" at one end of the bar kept losing the nozzle and spraying everyone around it. We saw this happen at least three times.
7.) Serving food - They continued to serve food in a super crowded bar at midnight. The poor staff trying to navigate hundreds of dancing people with plates of food? Poor decision. The bar was not set up to both serve food and to host a dance party at the same time.
David and I still enjoyed drinking and dancing at the event. I just wish they would have had their act together. The promoter/organizer said he told them what to expect, but they didn't listen to him and believe him. The bar itself trusted their own experience with parties instead. The promoter said we should give them another shot. I'm not sure it's worth it for me.