Sunday, December 03, 2006

Saturday Night Mash Up

I was presented with a handful of options Saturday night, but instead went the way of the usual. The schedule had me at Cinq (Royal Oak) around 11p, The Post Bar (Novi) at 1230a, and ending the night closing up Mixx Lounge (Novi). All in all, I have to say I'm deeply disappointed. Every stop along the night was filled with an ambiance that didn't suit the environment. Cinq felt more like a house party. The Post Bar had GUYS dancing along the upper area of the dance floor. And Mixx Lounge was way too loud for its own good. Let's break it down.

The first thing I noticed last night was the absence of a line out the door. I thought to myself that maybe we were just arriving early, which would be good considering the bar has a better vibe when there is room to walk and enough silence to talk. I was wrong. The bar was PACKED; too packed in fact. And for the first (and only) round, I was stuck waiting for the couple in front of me to stop doing shots at the bar so that I could grab a bartender and get my drinks. Surprisingly, Cinq now stocks both flavors of Effen vodka. Another note of interest is that their bartenders have since grown too lazy to bother putting limes in drinks, overshadowing the cleanliness of the bar, which on previous visits I always found to look like the kitchen counter of frat party.

Speaking of frat party- I have never seen so many under-dressed people at Cinq. I don't think we have enough readers yet to assume that our plea to expose your other friends to other bars is the cause of the awkward crowd. But I did my part and brought my brother along. He turned 21 recently and hasn't yet made the rounds in Royal Oak, Ferndale, and Birmingham. He hated the place... which is fine. He's not the type to dress up to go out, and when he does go out, he wants to be able to sit down. While this means he will probably despise every hip bar or club, that's alright. I'll drag him along from time to time so that at least he's aware of his options. But back to the point. I was shocked to see so many women looking like they just got out of class at OCC. There were also a handful of older men, looking unemployed, walking in circles. Not quite sure what that was all about. The guys seemed typical. Nothing too fancy, but not really under-dressed. Again, it was just all around strange seeing things so jumbled. Since when are more guys dressed up than girls?

Apparently, Cinq has really lost it. When the decor and style of the bar is cool, but you pack the place with so many people that it's difficult to tell you're NOT in a large, dirty basement, you've got a problem. The cheap blue Christmas lights that were probably bought on sale at ACO Hardware for 39 cents, and the single row of snowflakes hanging from the ceiling only added to the holiday cheer.

The Post Bar (Novi)
Originally I was going to take my brother from Cinq over to Bosco in Ferndale. But a few friends were in Novi and I figured a change of plans was in order. There's really not much to say here. The Post is the post is the post. They're all the same and generate the same kind of crowd. I still can't get over the fact they charge cover. It's only $2 or $3, but still. It's the post. Did you see that? I didn't even capitalize it. It doesn't deserve it anymore than I deserve to be waiting outside, freezing my ass off, while the girl at the door collects money and hands out change. What did I get for my $3? I got to watch a handful of guys who thought they were the Gotti brothers, all pretending to dance like Justin Timberlake on the ledge around the dance floor. Usually it's a girl bending over the rail, pressing her ass to a guy forced against the wall. Oh well. Not much different.

Mixx Lounge
What is going on here? IT WAS WAY TOO LOUD AT MIXX!! What? I said, "IT WAS WAY TOO LOUD AT MIXX LAST NIGHT!." The place seemed just as busy as usual, but the sound was incredibly deafening. I did my part to take the party down a level on the class scale by getting a little freaky on the dance floor. Although in all honesty, I didn't bring anything to the table that wasn't already there. On the plus side, if I haven't said it before, I'll say it again- one of the nicer things about Mixx is that if you show up with a handful of friends, regardless of how busy it is, it isn't difficult to end up in one of the booths. I don't know how it works, but it just does. Whenever I need a booth, I end up with one. Also, the bartenders and wait staff did a great job as always. I have yet to get bad service at this place.

The night seemed out of whack. Bottom line. Other friends who went other places experienced the same disorder. We're not really sure what happened, but it may have something to do with the cold front that came in. Exclusive Detroit hopes you stay warm this winter.