Where to start....
My girlfriend and I decided at the last minute that we would throw a birthday party for myself. I'd been to the Ivory Lounge before and remembered that it didn't get crowded which was fine for me because there would just be friends and family coming. I called to make a reservation for VIP on Friday (1/30/15) for Saturday (1/31). I spoke to a girl named Lindsey who asked me a series of questions...how many people in my party, what kind of music do we enjoy and then she asked me for my name. I told her it's "Terrik M". She asked me to hold and came back 10 seconds later to tell me they were booked up for the next 4 weeks. I had just spent 3 minutes talking to Lindsey the VIP MANAGER but she didn't know they were booked for the next month until she got my somewhat ethnic sounding name. I asked if she could take my number to give me a call if there was a cancellation. ***She told me there was already a waiting list and that I wouldn't be able to get on.***
I hung up with Lindsey and called my girlfriend. My conversation with the VIP Manager, Lindsey, felt sketchy so I told my girlfriend to call. Two minutes later she called to let me know that Lindsey booked her. Yeah
And it gets worse.
Lindsey told my girlfriend that the FIRST bottle is sold at $100 and each additional bottle is $75 (per their website). When we get to Ivory Lounge they pointed my girlfriend to her area...yes pointed, no escort. We sit down and after 10 minutes our VIP waitress shows up. She wishes my girlfriend a happy birthday and thanks her for choosing Ivory Lounge to celebrate. My girlfriend informed the waitress that it was actually my birthday and proceeds to tell her what happened the day before. She apologized but denied knowing anything. Everyone was upset about the perceived racism that Ivory Lounge had displayed but we agreed that nothing would be said until we were leaving...so much for that plan. When the waitress comes back she tells us that bottles are NOT $75 but instead are $165. In an attempt to clarify the price on the bottles, I ask to speak to the manager. Once we get it straight that the price on their website isn't the actual price of the bottles the manager proceeds to explain, or attempt to explain, why my girlfriend was able to get a reservation and why I wasn't. A cancellation. Really??? See all those stars in the first paragraph? What happened to the list? I told the manager that I really didn't care about that and I just wanted to enjoy my evening without someone screwing it up. He then said (no lie) "But you just accused us of being racist and I don't appreciate that". My reply, "just let me enjoy my night". Right after, he had security remove me from the premises. They wouldn't let me get my girlfriend or any of the other guests that were present. They threatened me with arrest for trespassing (I'm a lawyer, by the way). We left and took our party down the street where our money was appreciated.
The staff was rude. And liars. Instead of trying to make me believe that Friday was an anomaly, they just reinforced that they may, in fact be racist.
Not sure about the bottle prices...they may actually be $75 for non-Blacks. lol jk
But seriously, we were told $75 on the phone but quoted $165 in the club. You figure it out. I'll never go back nor would I recommend Ivory Lounge for any upwardly mobile, progressive thinking person. People go to clubs to get away from the exact things you'll run into at the Ivory Lounge.