I've been to Turtle Bay a few times and it's nothing special. Unpretentious, just your typical post-college meathead bar.\r
However, I just spent the worst New Year's Eve of my life at this place. The crowd was the usual suspects, but for $125 I expected some class from the establishment (at least for one night). Open bar of top shelf liquor for them meant taking empty bottles of expensive liquor and filling it up with dollar store brands to trick everyone. Even with the cheap liquor, the bartenders will go out of their way to put as little alcohol as possible in the drinks. Several times I saw the bouncers physically hurt patrons by dragging them down the stairs and out into the cold. The worst was when I saw three bartenders drag a girl who was no more than 5'3 and less than 115 pounds down the emergency staircase into the 14 degree weather outside, with NO COAT OR SHOES, and would not let her get back into the coat check to get her coat. At the end of the night, I tried to leave way ahead of closing time to avoid the crowd and went to the coat check. Handed my claim ticket, waited 15 minutes, asked about my coat, bouncer looked confused, waited another 10 minutes, coat check girl asked me for my ticket (which I had already handed to her minutes before), she claimed that they couldn't find it, and it wasn't until I threatened to call the cops on them that she miraculously found my coat two seconds later. Overall the worst NYE ever and probably one of the shadiest experiences I've ever had.
Pros: unpretentious, not crowded during normal hours
Cons: staff, their special parties, management, bouncers, physical assault