353 W 14th St, New York, NY 10014
I got tickets to see Arj Barker last Saturday night. They were like $25 plus a 2 drink minimum. On the website, I was told in bold letters to show up an hour in advance. That's crazy I thought but I did. Don't because there was no reason to as it didn't affect seating or anything else except that it stuck me at their very lame bar drinking $12 cocktails. I had a couple and my wife had one.\r
Then we were seated and the waitress came by to take our drink order. I told her we'd already bought three and she said (of course i knew this would happen), ""sorry, those don't count."" The way she said it with terror in her eyes told me this was a regular occurrence. Confusing then that the bartender didn't share. That's when I first started feeling crummy - not a great way to start a comedy show. Anyway, I ordered two waters ($5 a piece).\r
The show started and the lineup was fine but they were totally having to fight through this black cloud of bad moods that filled the room. The table in front of us, tourists from Ireland, ordered a bottle of Veuve Clicquot (I don't want to know how much that cost) and even after that the waitress insisted they order another round! She came with 6 Bud Lights (nice after champagne I guess) but one of the party wouldn't stand for this and sent them back. All of this uplifting scene occurred _during_ the headliner's act which did not make him any funnier, that's for sure.\r
Next came the checks. There was mine with the 2 waters, another $10 to complete the 2-drink minimum and an automatic 18% tip. Oh and there are two green tickets. They won't let you out of the room unless you give them these green tickets proving you had the 2-drink minimum!!! Great, you cheat me and you make _me_ feel like a criminal.\r
So, a decent group of comedians brought down by a miserable venue. We were out $120 or so and left feeling used and abused. If you go, be aware that having a good time is your burden as Comix isn't going to help you out on that front.