Lounges >Enormous Room
569 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA | Directions 0213942.364658 -71.102502
Neighborhoods: Area IV
Enormous Ego, Enormous disappointment – I was really looking forward to seeing a funky, hip, eclectic, creative crowd here, as typical in Central Square. But somehow, the euro/mideast trash made it over the bridge and plopped themselves onto the velvet couches. It was such a stare-down contest everywhere that I was physically uncomfortable. And the bartender was equally aloof. The owner may have intended something different in his description (and that idea has geat merit and potential) but you never know who will show up and ruin the vision. I wish this place had more of the vibe (and size!) it described and aspired to be. And to the crowd : (and you know who you are): grow up, get over yourself, and gain some self esteem!!
A very non-Boston experience. – No overcrowded bar - no one spilling cheap beer on your shoes - and no bump'n'grind floor. Just chillin..
The Platters provided ample food, and very with a delicious selection. Very good for snacking on while enjoying some beverages and conversation.
The ever-dimming lights, pillowed platforms and reclining areas made for an overly-welcoming experience. It was very tempting to just lay back and catch up on some sleep!
The staff was attentive, friendly and very helpful in food selection. Would have stayed for a very long time if the music did not turn to 80's hiphop at ear spitting volume. Before that DJ kicked it up, the atmosphere was very relaxing and enjoyable. Will definitely go back - but make sure to arrive early to get the cushiest spots.
super – this is a great loungy NYC/SF style spot. dark and intimate for a couple or a small group. yummy appetizers, strong drinks, tasteful dj and most importantly the diversity of clientele that you rarely find in boston.
only draw back is it gets crowded.
False Advertising – Upon our arrival we were told there was a $3 dollar cover charge to get in. I asked if there was plenty of room and was told yes. After the bouncer eagerly collected our cash we proceeded to the not-by-any-means-enormous room to discover there was plenty of seating if we chose to do so on each others laps. It was overcrowded, loud, and not at all the hip hangout I had heard about. Other parties came in after us (duped by the promise of plenty of seating Im sure) and stood around in a daze. If we hadnt been lied to about the available room just to collect a tacky $3 cover charge I think we would have returned a different night to give it another shot. Instead I vow to never give their establishment any future business. I hope their $3 lie was worth it.
dig this place! – ok, it's true, seating's nearly impossible to find (do NOT go in a large group unless you go early in the evening and camp out for a couple of hours), but barring that, the vibe here is great. good music, yummy if expensive food. and the BARTENDER (1) was very chill about getting ppl water even if they weren't buying drinks -- i was impressed (2) he makes a mean, mean martini such as i almost never find in a non-martini bar. tip this guy well--he deserves it.
ENORMOUSLY OVERLOOKED – Great bar!!! A place for whatever you want -- romantic or relaxed! You can go w/ friends or that special someone. One of my favorite bars that offers something different!
Dark and Hip – Hip place in a great location. Feels more New York than Boston-- except that people take off their shoes like crazy in this place. Dark with low music and good drinks. Meet a friend. But don't excpect beer on tap.
First time managing one of these? – What our dinner group of 6 discovered here was numerous areas that *COULD* seat 6-7 people, nearly all taken up by couples. We were expected to basically stake out a table, and hope that if people started leaving we could snag it before another waiting party did, as there was no list. We took our business elsewhere. The service just plain sucked, in ways that are very easy to fix. They're cultivating a NYC hotspot wannabe feel, but unfortunately they forgot the cardinal rule of real hotspots, which is that money talks. A group of people willing to shell out a few hundred bucks usually takes precedence over two annoying losers with a beer apiece lounging obstinately at a large table, but not here... They're doing nothing to cultivate a loyal clientele that spends money, and when they're no longer the cool new thing, I'll happily watch them go under.
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