1000 Universal Center Dr Ste 216, Universal City, CA | Directions 9160834.137010 -118.352859
Neighborhoods: Central LA, Universal City
A good chill place with dueling pianist. This is a bar so don't expect to come dancing. The pianist are really good and play different genres of music including hip hop on their pianos.
So loud. So crazy. My girlfriend loves it. I hate it. It's warring piano's and it's not my thing. We had a Groupon and she'll be back.
Would never go there again. First off, Front door "bouncers" (ID checkers) have a " Power trip attitude" with checking ID's. Checking seinor citizens for Identification; give me a break! Deciding who they want in there based on looks, race, age..etc. Acting like this is some great Hollywood club; when if facts , it's just a lame tourist trap. Bartenders are rude, drinks were made awful and overpriced. Music is a joke. They need to close this place down and have another establishment in it's place. If you want to have a good time and be treated with respect after you spent your hard earned money; go to the Comedy club there at Universal. Drinks are better and you will have great laughs and leave with a smile.
Uptight people need not attend. – I live locally to Howl at the Moon, and I prefer this place to a lot of local bars. Reason? The cover charge, and the parking. Yes, it's $10 to park at City Walk; Yes there is a cover charge, but given the rent of the place, what do you expect? I prefer to go there for the simple fact that it keeps certain unsavory elements out. The music is loud, the musicians get the crowd going and have a blast doing it. Yeah, they can't sing all the notes in every song, but it's fun, it's live, and I doubt you could do much better.
Bouncers - I keep reading about the 'rude' doormen and bouncers. Give me a break, you expect everyone to be smiling and happy all the time? These guys are not there to make you feel warm and fuzzy, they are there to make sure that you are safe, and obeying the rules *of which there are a few* so that other people are safe as well. You complain about them being a bit short with you, but what if they weren’t herding people around, and something bad went down? Then what? Complain that they didn’t keep people in control? And no, at a bar, you can’t be the nice bouncer and still expect the drunk ***holes to respect you and not give you a problem.
Wait staff - Yes you are a patron, yes you are buying drinks. Guess what, so are about 90 other people pressed up against the bar. Yes you’re going to tip, but tell me the truth, would you be inclined to kowtow to everyone who was tantalizing you with a whole $1 tip? If you don’t know what you want when you get up to the bar, the bartender is going to move on to someone who does. Do not expect them to sit there on a packed night and babysit you while you choose between the Fuzzy Navel and the Apple Pucker. He/she is going to leave, take care of another patron while you make up your mind so they keep the line moving. Everyone wants alcohol, and it won’t be pretty if everyone is waiting on you to decide what libation will tickle your fancy. You want better service, tip well, get the bartenders name and go back to him/her all the time. They are here to make money, and if you’re tipping well, they’ll make sure you’re happy. A $1 tip on a $6 beer is not tipping well, even on 3 for 1 Sundays. Scale accordingly.
Lack of Food – Wait, what?! You want food and drinks, go to Karl Strauss across the way. Good food, good beers. There are a ton of restaurants on City Walk that will be more than happy to feed you, and provide you with a limited selection of alcohol. Heck, TGIF would do just fine for that as well. Howl at the Moon is a watering hole. WATERING HOLE! Don’t know what that is? Look it up. You go to Howl to get drinks, hear music, get buzzed *or some variation thereof* and hang out with friends. Perhaps make a few new ones, just do us all a favor and leave the high and mighty attitude at your car, remove the stick from your lower orifice, and guys…don’t think that every woman coming in the door is craving your attention. Chances are you’re not that interesting, she’s not that stupid, and there isn’t enough alcohol in the bar. Get it? Got it? Good.
In summation, go there to have fun, go there to have drinks, go there to relax and bring your manners. If you’re wanting to make the scene, not the place for you. If you want to be treated like a celebrity, SOOO not the place for you. If you want someone to cater to your every whim, go to your mother’s house. Chances are she’ll look at you like you’ve grown a second head if you try and come at her with some arrogant demands, and she’ll put you in your place.
Not Impressed! – Its a decent chill spot, the live band is probably the only good thing about the place. I was a little disappointed they don't serve any food. Either way, its an ok spot nothing special. Definitely not a place I'll frequent much unless forced to do so.
Horrible!! – I've been a few times, and each time I hate it more and more.... The concept is great, dueling pianos and live band.... But its very expensive, filled with valley trash, and worst of all, the staff is horrible. They are all very rude and disrespectful. They are mindless drones. They will push you out of the way, don't listen to you.. They treat everyone with disrespect.... I understand that they deal with drunks all night, but its annoying for those who just want to go out and have a good time to be treated that way.... I'm going out and paying for a service and an experience. I'll take my money elsewhere, where people understand the concept of SERVICE INDUSTRY!
Fun & Silly – This is probably my favorite bar ever. The dueling pianos are always entertaining and the servers are pretty nice. I love to get the jello shots which are served in giant souvenir plastic syringes. The servers then shoot them into your mouth and top it off with whipped cream. I won a party there once and I brought sixty people. The bar gave my entire party free entrance, free parking, and highly discounted drinks. It can get a little crowded on the weekends, but it is still a lot of fun.
Cheap fun for 3 day weekends!! – It's a nice place if your looking for a fun time minus all the trouble of getting ready for a club. I have made it a ritual to go on sundays, during three day weekends, where I can get 3 drinks for about 15 bucks, including tips. It's pretty fun since the pianist will include all types of music from beastie boys, to nelly, to journey, even Vicente Fernandez!!! It does get pretty crowded though, so plan on arriving around 9 or so... anytime after that and you will have to wait at least 30 min, if not more. Another con, for some reason the last time I went the cover charge went from $3 to $10... in one night.
Fun and Entertaining! – Howl at the Moon is a blast! From the live music entertainment to the singing & dancing bartenders and servers you don't know where to look when! While they do charge a cover on the weekends after a certain hour, they are providing entertainment the entire time. No breaks or downtime as the pianists rotate. Parking can be pricey at CityWalk, but its worth the money!! Tony Romas will even deliver food to you while you're at Howl at the Moon! The outside patio allows you to have a little more ability to chat, but still hear and be part of the live show!
good times – i love the band they're always entertaining. bartenders are cool. there was a mix up and they thought i had a happy hour party and not a birthday party so i didn't get a stage call down, song request, birthday shot or shirt. so i was/am unhappy. i don't think i will throw parties there anymore. not sure if i will go back.
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