Looking for something to do this week? "Night Owl" is a quick guide to special nights at bars and clubs around town. We'll give you a few hints re: cover, dress code, music and atmosphere. Wednesday nights at Vintage in Tempe have a DJ, a dance floor, and drink specials.
As we trudged up the steps, a group of about 10 patrons clotted down the stairs with disappointed looks, one drunkenly saying, "This bar is over. It's not even worth it anymore." We glanced nervously at each other, but pressed on.
See what's inside after the jump and our slideshow of the madness right here ...
The Music: DJ NYC played a danceable soundtrack of hip hop hits, which always puts a few people in the dancing mood. Even we found ourselves swaying a little bit to Big Pun's "Still Not a Player."
The Fashion: The style at vintage is a hodgepodge much like the interior of the bar. People were mostly sporting jeans and tees, but there was the occasional misplaced mini skirt and heels.
The People: The crowds were pretty sparse on this particular Wednesday, although the door hostess said they usually get pretty busy late in the night. On this Wednesday, however, it appeared everyone preferred to stay home and catch up on DVR. The crowd that was there was a mix of college students and 30-something guys hanging out for a drink.
What we loved: Vintage has a great location off of Mill Avenue to provide refuge to those looking for a cheap drink on a bar crawl. It has a balcony that looks down on Mill Ave. below, which makes for great people watching. (The guys in attendance wanted to point out that SportsCenter playing in the bar was a big plus.)
What we didn't love: We feel like Vintage would have a better chance of keeping the crowds or bringing in new fans if it had its own defined personality.
Going back? Let's just say we wouldn't make a sober decision to return.