I came to SingleBarrel with three friends expecting that I would have a drink, enjoy some conversation and then move on. Immediately we were placed in a line to get in. The doorman read us the rules (turn your cell phones to vibrate, keep the noise level down, and never come with more than 6 people). Next he talks into a head piece and waits for approval to let us in. We go down the dark stairs and it takes a moment for our eyes to adjust because the place is very dark. We approach the bar and are greeted by the bartender who begins to go through his what tastes do you like, etc. I was not in the mood for a handcrafted mix of fruit juices and so asked for a Vodka neat. You would have thought I asked for crack cocaine, a torch, and a pipe. First I got a lecture on how I should enjoy Gin. I do not enjoy gin. I then was lectured that vodka and gin are the same (um, without the juniper berries? was my reply, that didn't go over well). Next he tells me the bar has one bottle of vodka, at which point some toad of a co-worker (possibly a manager) whisper's something to him and he came back with what do I want my stoli mixed with because he can't give me just vodka. Not wanting to cause any more of seen in front of my friends, I explained I'd just have water. I waited for a few minutes, decided if I stayed any longer I'd break their no noise rule, and so excused myself and waited outside until my friends had finished their ridiculous drinks so we could move on to an actual cocktail lounge, minus the attitude. Ambiance: 2, Customer Service: 1. Pretention: 10. I won't go back.
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