good place, great atmosphere, great crowd, overpriced little drinks, nice retro setup, rude angry bartender, nice bartender
Cool place. The Brig has a pretty laid-back vibe, with a very diverse crowd. The drinks are reasonably priced, and there's no cover charge. Plus, I found free parking very easily on a Saturday night, directly across from the place. By 11PM the place got really packed, so it's good to get there a little earlier to find some breathing room.
Sausage Fest!. The guy/girl ratio is like 20 to 1. If you're a chick looking to be hit on all night, this is the place.
Always cool. This is my favorite place in Venice. Diverse crowd, always busy, great atmosphere. Perfect place to meet up with some friends and chill. Great restaurants around too - so drop by after dinner.
too cool for school. I used to like the brig, even post remodeling but the crowd there lately has just been kinda cheesy. the dudes in tight shirts crowd is moving in, and it's near impossible to order one of the overpriced drinks on a crowded weekend night. cool looking space, but the crowd is too Sunset strip. Seems out of place for Venice. Can;t complain about the ladies, but it's not worth the hassle to meet a golddigger - I think I'd enjoy it more on a chill night.
Gem in Venice. It has the Hollywood feel, but the diverse crowd makes it a whole lot better. Cosmos were good and strong, lots of eye candy, and good music. All in all... I was very happy to have found this place.
Hollywood goes to Venice. Venice has gone Hollywood! Trendy, chic, hip, streamlined, etc..this place is all that without the Hollywood attitude. There is a strong presence of the local eclectic bohemian Venice types as well as the 9 to 5er. The crowd mixes very well in the retro style bar/lounge. They have live funky modern jazz music and a jukebox. There is a pool table in the back by the co-ed bathrooms. Drinks are average priced for LA standards & the bartenders are pretty prompt in service. This is a great venue to have an event such as a b-day party or a networking event on an off night. The venue is laidout in a way that even if this place is packed the crowd flows well through the room. If the crowd is large enough then make sure to call in advance to so they are staffed properly.
The Place to Be. The Brig is the place to be. This place had it going on. Very friendly atmosphere which surprised me, at every turn people would smile and were polite as could be. Not typical of a place so hollywood- esque. Ambiance is great, setup is nice. Plenty of room to mingle. Lots of beautiful babies running around. Line wasn't long at all, drinks were affordable. If you want to be where the action is and love looking and talking to all the beautiful bunnies, this is the place to be.
Trendy Yet Tight. Six of us went to The Brig on a Sat. night 'bout 11:00. Got right in which was cool. I stayed away from the cocktails...stuck to $5 Amstels. I was one of the more casual dressed males there, but I did not feel "out-of-place" I was joking with a buddy that even the ugly girls were hot! I wanna try this joint out on a week night next time. Props all the way around here!
nice but.... ...make sure you know what the rules of the pool table are the night you're there. I kicked some guy and his girlfriend's butts at pool and they got all hungup about the fact that I didn't have a partner. Whatever. I beat you both, so gettaoutamyface! As for the Brig itself, it IS a cool bar. Bar tenders are cool and none of that "dump the drink for another one with less alcohol if you don't tip me" BS here. Drinks are also reasonably priced considering there's no door charge to get in. But here's my advice: hit it on a week night when it's not so crowded. I've been going here for two years, and that's when it's most relaxing. Otherwise, you may as well head up to Hollywood for the kind of crowd you'll get here on the weekends.
Drinks are strong but $$$$. The brig is pretty nice except for the super expensive little drinks.
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