217 Broadway null, Santa Monica, CA | Directions 9040134.012639 -118.495155
Neighborhoods: Downtown, West LA
nice for a pre-dinner drink – My husband and I went here for a cocktail before dinner. Yes, it was empty, but we enjoyed it. We chatted with the bartender and the atmosphere was really nice. Single scene? no.
Last Resort – It's a good location since it's right near the beach, but small for a club. Casual atmosphere, good drinks.
Beware of keeping a tab. They often overcharge and don't provide an itemized receipt when you close the tab.
Not worth the $10! – Most bars and clubs are willing to waive the cover charge for girls...but not 217! There were five of us, all dressed up, and the place was virtually empty at 10pm. The doormen wouldn't budge and acted like they were doing us a favor by taking our money. We only went in because our friend had invited a lot of people and was obligated to be there. The music was good but the crowd (which slowly grew) was ghetto - lackluster guys, a bunch of middle aged folks, and lots o'hoochie mamas. It's not worth the $10. We're not going back.
It's all about Wednesday nights – Can't speak for any of the other nights, but the Wednesday night scene at 217 is excellent - thanks to DJs Greg V, Raul Campos and the rest of the One Nation Under Groove cast. Mellow enough to chill and have a drink, but the tunes are groovy enough to get you off your butt and on the dance floor. No attitude, just a bunch of friends, old and new, enjoying a drink and great music.
What a rocking good time, NOT – This place is not cool, well sure it looks cool, but the people that work at 217 need to get over themselves, the bounces also need to learn some manners and not man handle nice young women
Wed. night spot to be at – Went down on a Wed. night after hearing from a few people at the studio about the infamous "one nation under groove" clan. Definitly worth going to, even though it's only ever other Wednesday. The boys from KCRW & Adroitz trade off at the DJ booth spinning the best in acid jazz, downtempo, and ambient, all while sipping on wine and martini's. The soft couches and dark atmosphere let you and your hunny get close enough to enjoy yourselves without being bothered by annoying youngsters, and the bartenders really know how to whoop up a drink. The dance floor is a bit small, but it looks like most of the people there were into the same thing I was - chilling. Too bad it's only bi-monthly, this is probably the only place that will get me out on a weekend.
Dating a Bouncer? – Had a friend in town. Passed this club and came back. Stood in line maybe 3 minutes while they carded the ladies in front of us, paid our $10 and stepped in. Music was good, ladies were hot, took a little while to get a drink at the front bar, but the bartender at the back bar threw me out with a freebie. What's the hang up with the bouncers? Concentrate on the women! Don't be cheap. Pay the $10. It's worth it!
Midweek Dose of House Music – The 217 lounge hosts the best midweek house music party in LA. I am referring to the "One Nation Under Groove" nights. I have been several times and it is superb! Host DJ Greg V (of KCRW fame) kicks it off every 2nd Wednesday. The fab line up also includes DJs Raul Campos, Johannes and Jhudeth.
There is ample room to shake your groove thing, chill on the plush sofas or order a well made cocktail from the bar. The $5 cover and moderately priced drinks make it a place worth going back to -- and many do. I have seen regular faces dancing and having fun!
I only wish it was every week!
Wicked Over*Rated – We went the other night with a few guys and a few girls. It costed the guys 10 dollars to get in, which wouldn't be a big deal, if it hadnt been a room packed with guys ($$$ do the math). Yes, the club itself was cool, but nothing you haven't seen if you have been around a while. The bouncers were losers and were way too into their authority which made the whole thing lame. If that's the scene you are looking for, go to Hollywood, where the ratios are more even and the vibe is more authentic.
I live right around the corner from this place an I have no plans on ever returning.
9 – this place is great if you want to dance to good music. the dj knows to work the crowd. great house music & hip hop. the doorman was alright. the place overall was good but the music made my night. i would recommend this place to everybody. i think the tall bouncer is the coolest dude in the club
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