I've been around the block and been to my fair share of clubs. This past weekend (6/9/07) My girlfriend and I went to a Burning Man party there with some friends. We found the space550 staff aggressive and unfriendly. Security told us no outside 'liquids' were allowed inside (sealed or otherwise), this included a sealed bottle of water I brought. They said they would thoroughly search people, purses and bags and, "... anything remotely resembling something illegal would be confiscated; you and your entire party would be 86'd"
I asked if they would confiscate the small bottle of ibuprofen and roll of Tums in my g/f's purse, they said, "ABSOF#@KINLUETELY!" I noticed these searches were taking place inside the club after paying the cover ...
It wasn't as if it was one or two disgruntled employees, almost every staff person we dealt with projected a negative attitude. One exception was the coat check monitor. She seemed nice and pleasant as she took our coats and asked us for the $3.00 per coat..
Some examples: We pay the cover, walk in and there is a slight bottleneck of patrons inside blocking us from walking further into the club. A staff security guard pushes up to me from behind and yells, "Don't block MY doorway!" As we make our way into the club, I ordered 4 cocktails. The cost was $44.00. I gave the bartender a $50.00 bill. Before I could utter the words 'keep the change', she snapped, "WE don't take any bills over a twenty!" I said, "oh, well after paying the $80.00 cover, $12.00 coat check, this is the smallest bill I have. She said, "Look, that's YOUR problem, I don't care WHAT you say, I'm not taking your FIFTY!" She said there was a gas station down the street, "Go get THEM to make your change."
Overall the club could be a great party venue. The various rooms on two levels, the infrastructure, lights, sound etc. were nice. It's just the staff was a major buzzkill. VERY un-Burningman like.
I will avoid this club in the future.
Pros: Cool party space
Cons: VERY Rude and Aggressive Staff