live band? lip sinc pros, musicians bad actors. I went to Barcelona's to check out the band envy. They sang and played over a record. I am a musician, and I was sick when I witnessed this. Most of the time they were just letting the record do the work. I am a keyboard player and a singer. I watched their keyboard player--what a joke. That guy didn't change patches once, and had his hand on the same chord most of the time. He even had it there when there was no keyboard playing, and vice versa. I can't believe that Barcelona even claims they have live music. They should be ashamed. People on the dance floor were eatin it up. Even the real artists when they play those songs live don't sound that good. Please.
This place has gone downhill...bad. Let's just say the entertainment there used to be the best. Now, the entertainment is a complete rip off of the band they used to have. It's like comparing the movie Grease (zowie bowie) to Grease 2 (the current band). What a joke. Bad clone of something that was amazing and great. Pass on this place, it's got bad vibes, plus the service and food is a joke.
Danny and all his people are s*xist pigs, but then so are most nightclubs and bars.
I've never even been there... All I need to see is a s*xually discriminatory dress code, cover charge, and how their website represents themselves and their reputation preceeds them, and I have no desire to patronize the establishment. Danny and his investors can sink all the money they want into making it the premiere destination in Scottsdale, but the fact remains they are discriminatory and s*xist, and should be humbled- and the pretentious idiots who keep going to these places should wake up to how bad they are being exploited and how badly they exploit themselves and others.
I have met many people who both do work there and have worked there and they all say the same thing- Danny and crew rely on s*x and pretense to keep raking in the millions, and most are not entirely proud of their association, but like most of us, they still need jobs to survive, and sadly, places like Barcelona continue to r*pe people of their money (and dignity).
This stands true for not only their patrons, but the employees or would-be potential employees, as they practice s*xual discrimination blatently in their hiring and employment, which alone, again like most every other nightclub and bar, should get them the full weight of the law brought upon them- but apparently this isn't something governments and enforcement agencies follow through on regularly, at least not without prompting from a persistent, concerned public.
I pick on Barcelona specifically since they seem to be be making the attempt to make their name currently as THE spot in Scottsdale / Phoenix / Arizona, not out of any specific grudge.
Shame on all of us who continue to let this kind of s*xist, discriminatory behavior to happen and mostly because we just want to hook up or be seen. In Barcelona's case, what did we really expect from a guy who made his fortune from a carwash?
Usually good, but stay away for new years eve, I'm not going back again.. I've been to Barcelona several times and have enjoyed the high-quality food and usually good customer service. New Years Eve...whole different story.........It started out with my whole party ariving at the door, we checked in with the hostess who was taking people to their reserved tables, and as soon as I checked in and was carded...off she went, leaving the rest of my party at the door getting carded. I ran to follow her to see where our table was. We lost my friends in the crowd and after she showed me where the table was, I spent the next 15 minutes trying to find the rest of my party. The food was "alright" at best, waitress was so-so, not as friendly as their staff usually was on regular nights. To top my evening off, as I was walking through the crowd, I got a fully tray, holding somewhere between 24 and 36 FULL glasses of Champagne dumped on me. Not the waiters fault- but still. I was soaked, champagne in my eyes, in my ear and I inhailed some. Some of the glasses broke on my head- luckily not cutting me. I could wring out my shirt and it was dripping of Champagne. The three or four waitresses just stood there laughing, not taking any action at all. I had to walk up to the bar and ask for towels. I got back to my table- our waitress fully knowing what happened, as she was standing there and saw the whole thing- didn't ask if I needed any more towels. I have worked int he nightclub industry for YEARS and have done nightclub consulting... if I had staff that was so apathetic, they'd have been all fired!!!!!!!! No one as far as management was alerted that a guest had the equivelent of a bottle and a half of champagne dumped on them, no one came up to apologize, or to offer anything- the whole experience runied my evening. Luckily, our outside table had a heat lamp and I cranked that up to dry out...Barcelona, I am dissappointed- sadly dissappointed.
Food ok, service ok, Band "envy" trashy. We came into town for the holidays and our Barcelona experience was not that great. crowd was not very classy and the band "envy" was nothing to be envious about. I read the last review posted, and it does seem that this band is singing along with the record. They bring in a trashy crowd... Food was good. Several nice employees, even they were complaining about the band. Our group probably will skip Barcelona next time we're in Scottsdale.
Band Envy ROCKS! The reviewer that claims lipsynching is SMOKING CRAK!. I was at Barcelona on a Saturday night, Dec 2nd, 2006 - and the band Envy was INCREDIBLE! They had 3 singers (two guys, and the awesome Bridgett), and they all were performing lively covers of all the hottest songs - everything from Jay-Z to Fergie - and there was simply no possibility that these renditions were lipsynched - NO CHANCE AT ALL. Be prepared to dance YO AZS OFF, and have a GREAT TIME. THE ROOF, THE ROOF, THE ROOF IS ON FIRE - WE DON'T GIVE A DAMN, LET THE M'fER BURN!
bad service, bad entertainment. I brought a large group to Barcelona and we will not go back. Service was bad, fook Ok and the band "envy" was awful. This place is expensive and we expected better.
Best Happy Hour in North Scottsdale. but if you value your hearing, leave before 8. The food is unpredictible: sometimes good, sometimes not. It's never great. but when you're getting appitizers at half price (like you would be during happy hour) as well as all your appletinis (and any other alcoholic beverage) it's worth it.
club is ok, didn't like band. I took about 10 of my friends to Barcelona on a Saturday night and we were not that impressed. the club is not that hip and the band "envy" was pretty bad. The girl singer was trying so hard to be like the other singer that Barcelona used to have. Bad imitation. We were disappointed.
A Great Saturday Night. I'm not sure I've ever had so much fun in one night. I went to Barcelona for dinner with my wife last Saturday night. We drank in La Rouge and danced to the house band until they kicked us out. Barcelona seems much more like something out of Las Vegas than a neighborhood North Scottsdale establishment. Great food, great band, great time!!!
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