I live locally to Howl at the Moon, and I prefer this place to a lot of local bars. Reason? The cover charge, and the parking. Yes, it's $10 to park at City Walk; Yes there is a cover charge, but given the rent of the place, what do you expect? I prefer to go there for the simple fact that it keeps certain unsavory elements out. The music is loud, the musicians get the crowd going and have a blast doing it. Yeah, they can't sing all the notes in every song, but it's fun, it's live, and I doubt you could do much better.
Bouncers - I keep reading about the 'rude' doormen and bouncers. Give me a break, you expect everyone to be smiling and happy all the time? These guys are not there to make you feel warm and fuzzy, they are there to make sure that you are safe, and obeying the rules *of which there are a few* so that other people are safe as well. You complain about them being a bit short with you, but what if they weren’t herding people around, and something bad went down? Then what? Complain that they didn’t keep people in control? And no, at a bar, you can’t be the nice bouncer and still expect the drunk ***holes to respect you and not give you a problem.
Wait staff - Yes you are a patron, yes you are buying drinks. Guess what, so are about 90 other people pressed up against the bar. Yes you’re going to tip, but tell me the truth, would you be inclined to kowtow to everyone who was tantalizing you with a whole $1 tip? If you don’t know what you want when you get up to the bar, the bartender is going to move on to someone who does. Do not expect them to sit there on a packed night and babysit you while you choose between the Fuzzy Navel and the Apple Pucker. He/she is going to leave, take care of another patron while you make up your mind so they keep the line moving. Everyone wants alcohol, and it won’t be pretty if everyone is waiting on you to decide what libation will tickle your fancy. You want better service, tip well, get the bartenders name and go back to him/her all the time. They are here to make money, and if you’re tipping well, they’ll make sure you’re happy. A $1 tip on a $6 beer is not tipping well, even on 3 for 1 Sundays. Scale accordingly.
Lack of Food – Wait, what?! You want food and drinks, go to Karl Strauss across the way. Good food, good beers. There are a ton of restaurants on City Walk that will be more than happy to feed you, and provide you with a limited selection of alcohol. Heck, TGIF would do just fine for that as well. Howl at the Moon is a watering hole. WATERING HOLE! Don’t know what that is? Look it up. You go to Howl to get drinks, hear music, get buzzed *or some variation thereof* and hang out with friends. Perhaps make a few new ones, just do us all a favor and leave the high and mighty attitude at your car, remove the stick from your lower orifice, and guys…don’t think that every woman coming in the door is craving your attention. Chances are you’re not that interesting, she’s not that stupid, and there isn’t enough alcohol in the bar. Get it? Got it? Good.
In summation, go there to have fun, go there to have drinks, go there to relax and bring your manners. If you’re wanting to make the scene, not the place for you. If you want to be treated like a celebrity, SOOO not the place for you. If you want someone to cater to your every whim, go to your mother’s house. Chances are she’ll look at you like you’ve grown a second head if you try and come at her with some arrogant demands, and she’ll put you in your place.
Pros: Friendly wait staff, decent bar, drink specials.
Cons: Overly agressive patrons who want to be discovered.