It's another great night at Akbar: a fun cruisy friendly young crowd, Bowie cranked on the juke box, you and your friends celebrating the end of another tough week or maybe a birhtday or special occasion. . relaxed and fun. . . and then, it's time to order a drink. . . GOD HELP YOU. . the staff there is a total bummer. . . cold, rude, impersonal. . . all over the city bartenders greet you with a smile, remember your name, remember your drink and gladly accept your credit card and open a tab. . but not HERE. It's as if most of the staff (and there are some notable exceptions) can't wait until everyone goes home.
I have a problem with the $20 minimum on a credit card. . not because I'm not going to spend more than $20 but because they make such a big deal out of it. . and in the process they ignore that age old tradtition of friends at a bar. . buying rounds. . . if I want to buy a round for my friends and it comes to $15 and they are going to buy a round for me, then Akbar should make it as convenient as possible for that process to occur. . yet they insist on charging me a $20 minimum and all my friends (buying identical rounds) the same minimum and I find this somehow reprehensible.
So definitely go to Akbar, take your friends and enjoy. But be ready for some attitude and some below par service at the bar. Except for Thursday, (when D.J. Tony Powell does a mix that is just SICK) expect a great music selection on the dance floor with some lazy D.J.'s who don't even bother to beat match. Nevertheless, a good time is generally had by all. The crowd is warm, fun and friendly. Drinks are potent once you get one. And the place is totally cool.
Pros: Nice friendly fun crowd totally mixed and eclectic
Cons: The barstools have more personality than most of the staff.