My first time there was last night...and this is how it went.
Location: Okay, I heard the area is ghetto, but it wasn’t actually that bad. I mean, it’s kind of inner-city, so it’s not exactly nice, but unless you’re a moron and wander off down side streets and into sketchy alleys, you’ll be fine. Just make sure someone’s walking with you. But that’s something you do in every city.
How to get in: There’s a big front on the place, but when I went there, there was a lady standing outside telling everyone to go in the side door. Where’s that? Go on the left side of the building to a random little door. There might be a guard standing next to it, and he might not say anything to give you a clue as to whether or not you should go in this door, so just do it. Once you’re inside, congrats! It should smell like a haunted house (that’s what my friends and I thought it smelled like), and it’s a little reddish room.
Staff: Didn’t seem particularly friendly or mean. Just kind of there. Dunno about the bartenders, because I didn’t buy anything to drink, but everyone else was fine.
What to do when you’re in: When you get to the reddish room, keep walking down the ramp, and go to the big open door (there are a lot of random doors…just go through the open ones). Eventually they’ll take your ticket, and eventually you’ll get to a little room with a stage. If you’re not in a hurry, and there’s a band, stay a while! If you need to get up to the ballroom, there’s a little door in the back. It says exit on it, but it’ll take you to the ballroom. Just keep going up and up and up and up and up the stairs. When you get to the ballroom, you’ll know. It’s freaking huge.
Sound quality: Meh. It wasn’t particularly great, but I’m guessing that’s because all of the sound waves are bouncing around and echoing. I was in pretty much the middle of the room, and I could hear most of what the people on the stage were saying when they weren’t singing, but a little bit of it was kind of hard to hear. I also saw a review that said the sound quality sucked even more in the balconies, so I guess stay away from those. All in all it wasn’t that bad.
Overall quality: I didn’t have to deal with any bartenders, or the bathrooms, or anything like that, but it seems like a nice venue to me. I’m a little easy to please, but come on, this is pretty much the best review you’ll find on the place. Wish I could have found something like this yesterday when I was looking so frantically.