Live Music Venue125 E 11th St, New York, NY(212) 353-1600$$$
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Chris Connelly reviewed 2 months ago
- Solid venue. The mainstage has good sound and easy sight lines, since it is pretty elevated off the floor. The back bar is a bit strange, since it sits in the middle of the floor, thus cutting off any opportunity to stand behind it. But all in all, a good if unremarkable place to see a show.
Live Music Venue815 V St NW, Washington, DC(202) 265-0930$
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Chris Connelly reviewed 2 years ago
Quality Excellent - The 9:30 Club is, hands down, one of the best clubs in the United States, if not the world (no hyperbole here, folks). Incredible sound, incredible sight lines, incredible staff, fair ticket prices and incredible bands. What more do you want? If there is any downside, it is the beer prices - be prepared to spend a lot of money if you want to drink.
Church4140 Broadway, New York, NY(212) 568-6700$$
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Chris Connelly reviewed 2 months ago
- Cool venue with great sound and good sight lines. I was here for Kraftwerk. I am knocking a point off, as the staff left something to be desired at this show. But as a venue it is beautiful.
Night Club1811 14th St NW, Washington, DC(202) 667-4490$$
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Chris Connelly reviewed 2 years ago
Atmosphere Excellent Decor Very good Service Very good - The Black Cat is one of the best rock clubs in Washington, D.C. Rock clubs are supposed to be a bit gritty, and the Black Cat delivers - it is dark, the bars are cash only, and it has an edge to it. But if you're like me, that can be what you want when you're seeing a smaller show. The bartenders pour a solid drink, and you'll find decent beer available at decent prices. It is a rock club, so it gets busy, and you're going to have to wait since there are always people looking to drink - just be prepared. I've generally found the bartenders get the job done and are cordial, even if not the warmest folks out there. They have a small back stage where locals and smaller touring acts play - word to the wise, it can get crowded back there, and the sound can be pretty variable. I've seen some shows back there that are fantastic, and some...not so much. But the star of the show is the stage upstairs. They book top quality acts, and with a recently updated sound system (as well as a great sound engineer behind the board), you're going to get a show that sounds great. It is all general admission, so if you want to be up front, plan on arriving early.
Music Store1855 Haight St, San Francisco, CA(415) 831-1200$$
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Chris Connelly reviewed 2 years ago
Quality Excellent - There isn't much to say about Amoeba Records that hasn't been said. This is one of the best remaining independent record stores in the world. Period. The staff is knowledgable, the neighborhood oozes rock history, the place is gigantic, and on top of it all, they're one of the few record stores still drawing top notch in-store performances. Places like this are disappearing fast, and I can only hope that this one sticks around for as long as possible. You can find both new and used vinyl; new and used CDs (definitely spend some time in the used CD section - there are good odds what you're looking for will be in there); new and used DVDs; new and used box sets (I've never been to another record store with more box set options); and an enormous collection of rock and roll posters. This is a must visit spot in San Francisco for any music fan or record collector. I love Amoeba, and feel lucky to be able to call it my neighborhood record store.
American Restaurant55 3rd Ave, New York, NY(212) 420-9800$$
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Chris Connelly reviewed a month ago
- Solid spot. Good drinks, solid burger, nice atmosphere. Pretty solid tap list and a deep cocktail menu. One of the better bars for the neighborhood.
Californian Restaurant560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA(415) 864-8643$$$
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Chris Connelly reviewed 2 years ago
Atmosphere Very good Decor Very good Service Excellent - Four words: get the pork chop. It is phenomenal.
Brewpub82 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY(718) 858-1951$$
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Chris Connelly reviewed 2 months ago
- One of my favorite spots. Laid back with friendly staff and a solid, rotating beer selection, with an emphasis on California and New York City microbrews. The bar is also dog-friendly.
Gastropub3141 16th St, San Francisco, CA(415) 865-9523$$
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Chris Connelly reviewed a year ago
Food Excellent Decor Very good Service Excellent - Monk's Kettle is one of the best beer spots in the city. You'll pay a bit of a premium for their selection - but it is worth it. You're guaranteed to get what you want, and to always be greeted with a variety of options, along with a knowledgable and friendly staff. If you want a gourmet take on bar food, this is the best spot in the city. They have the best burger that I've found in San Francisco. The appetizers are also a treat - try the pretzel or the hazelnuts.
Restaurant2534 Mission St, San Francisco, CA(415) 648-7600$$$
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Chris Connelly reviewed 2 years ago
Food Very good Decor Excellent Service Excellent - Foreign Cinema has one of the nicest interiors of any restaurant I've been to in San Francisco - really high ceilings, great light, and a nice general aesthetic. I've only eaten brunch here, but each time it has been satisfying, if perhaps a bit on the expensive side. I'd also like to see a menu that had a bit more variety. One tip: this is a busy spot, but the bar at the front of the building (not officially a part of Foreign Cinema) also offers the full menu - so if you're willing to sit at or in a bar, you can order from the same menu and not have to worry about a reservation or waiting for a long time.
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