Let me begin by saying that I have been a long time and loyal customer of Encore. I love Karaoke, it's one of my favorite things to do on a night out, and Encore was my favorite spot to do it. However, after this weekend I will not be back.... ever. And I don't think you should visit either.
There was some confusion between a friend of mine and the bar tender over twenty dollars. He has written a review as well and I recommend you read his first hand account. I did not actually see the altercation or much of the aftermath that followed. What I do know is that many of my friends left the bar having been chocked, punched or pushed by the bouncers. My friend was trying to talk about what had happened and the bouncers/bartender decided it was appropriate to put their hands on him. The staff's actions were not only inappropriate but illegal.
It hurts my heart to write this, I loved this place and will be mourning the loss, but it's just not a safe place. If my friend, who is soft spoken and well mannered, can provoke violence from the staff I can only conclude that anyone could provoke violence from them. I'm not willing to risk my safety for a good song selection and cheep drinks.
Go to The Mint. They've got a Great song book too.