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  • 4.0 star rating
    6/13/2011

    Went here for a private event and  I have to be honest, I had low expectations.  I mean, it's in a movie theater.....  Wow, I actually had fun and am planning on going back for dueling piano night.  Since the private event was really specific, this will be a short review.  I'll update after piano night.  Oh, they also have karaoke nights too.  Also, as others have mentioned, food was great!

  • 5.0 star rating
    5/21/2011

    what an awesome idea...a bar with great service right above the theater...now you can get yourself all sauced up before you go to the movies, or after.

  • 4.0 star rating
    4/18/2011
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    Right inside the AMC Van Ness 1000 you would never expect a bar, much less a very fun one. I'm giving Showroom a very generous 4 stars.

    I went here with about ten friends when it first opened and to make a long story short we had a situation where they asked us for our cards before we got food and drink to place an order. I found that very odd. Needless to say some members of my party felt insulted and we left. I am of a level-headed mentality and wasn't upset but I could see why my friends felt insulted.

    I felt the space and idea were cool so as one of the the social chairs for the SF tri team decided to hold our happy hour at Showroom. About 50+ showed and it was a good time. I was nervous they would treat us the same way we were treated when I was with my friend. Not at all. The bartenders were funny and attentive, got us our happy hour specials and it all worked out.

    One suggestion I have is that when someone says they are coming in with 50+ people and the bar is new and looking for clientele I would definitely pay more attention to return phone calls and emails. I contacted the staff for details around setting up a happy hour and responses were either slow or not detailed and sometimes my emails/calls were ignored. In the end it worked out but I would put some more care in catering to large parties, particularly when the place is getting started. I've done this quite a bit and usually the manager (who was present, and I knew this because we complained to him the first time we went there) comes up to the organizer of a big group and asks if everything went well. My answer would have been yes and I would have said everything that is in my review as an FYI.  

    The event ended up being a lot of fun and we enjoyed the happy hour prices and the $4 happy hour burger as well as the staff. I liked the Dueling Pianos. Both guys were fun and got our group going. It was slow once our group left at 8pm but with a large group this would be a blast to do all night.

    It really is a great space, has parking, great happy hour and is close to public transportation so has a lot of potential. It could easily be a 5 star review with a little work.

    Props to the Dueling Pianos guys. They were fun.

    See Dueling Pianos video: flickr.com/photos/calmen…

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