Monday, September 26, 2005

A night on the town...

Well, I headed into town the other night with some of my mates and we went around a few bars, so I thought it would be good to start with a review of some of them.

We started off at Zinc, on Manchester Street, a nice loungy bar, with good music and comfy couches. The loud music doesn't really suit a lounge bar though; everybody sits around smiling at each other with nothing to do except drink. And it was pretty much vacant for the hour or so that we were there....

We then headed next door to Iconic to play some pool. Iconic's quite cool, with plenty of pool tables and a good selection of music. Again, the volume was a pain. While the loud music is great for those dancing, I generally want to be able to talk with my mates as I play a game of pool.

We called into The Loaded Hog, on the corner of Cashel and Manchester Street, for a bit. Fancy intelligent lights, good music, and you could actually hold a conversation with the person standing next to you. Like Zinc though, it was damn near empty....

Later, we headed across the road to Shooters. A cross between a bar and a dance hall, this place was damn annoying. You had to fight through the crowd to move anywhere, your skull vibrated inside your head in time to the music, and your shoes stuck to the floor with all the spilt drinks. How can you dance when you're crammed in like sardines in a can?

When I go to a lounge or pool bar, I expect to be able to hold a conversation. When I go to a dance bar, I expect to be able to dance. And why do none of the DJs know that bass sounds better when it's not wound all the way up? Bass is great, loud bass is better, but distorted bass is just painful. Maybe I'm just getting old....

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