I am a regular attendee at Dublin comedy clubs but had never been to the Laughter Lounge as it is 3 times the cost of the other venues in Dublin and has mostly the same acts that can be seen much cheaper at other venues.
We arrived early at 7:30 where my wife was subjected to an aggressive search of her bag (first time this has ever happened at a Dublin venue). When I questioned the bouncer on it he said 'we need to stop people bringing in bottles'. I find this completely disrespectful to the customer as their starting assumption is that their patrons are dishonest. And they sell bottles inside anyway. As I said it has never happened in any other night out in Dublin.
He also physically stopped me from going down the stairs after I had already shown my ticket and insisted I get a dirty stamp on my hand. I explained that I didn't need it as I would not be going out I was told in a semi aggressive manner that I have to have one. I later found out it was for smokers who may want to leave (I don't smoke and noone looked at the stamp after I was forced to get it on my hand). Really over the top stuff. No pleasantries or welcome to be had here.
We then went down stairs where there was lots of empty seats but all were reserved. For whom I do not know. We eventually found one at the very back which was fine but we were walking around for 10 minutes before we found it.
Next up the drink 'offers' are a joke. 3 bottles of a small cheap beer for €12 is not a good offer (less volume than 2 pints which are cheaper than the 'offer'. €2.90 for a small bottle of Coke???
We ordered a plate of nachos with cheese which came out burnt. Not slightly burnt but visibly burnt with a strong charcoal smell. Multiple employees must have known this before they gave it to us but they just served it anyway. We obviously sent them back and asked more a new plate which we got. The new plate looked fine so we thanked the waitress and tucked it. After removing the top layer of nachos we found the rest to consist a pile of nacho crumbs. I think it was a response to us 'having the nerve' to return the burnt offering. Needless to say we sent it back again and were subsequently told that they had run out of the ingredients. Absolute joke (pun intended).
The comedy was fine with acts 2 & 3 being of a high quality however the pace of the show was very slow and they took long breaks in between each act which is unusual for the comedy scene in Dublin.
Also the constant ads over the PA for pizza slices were really irritating by the end. They were not even competitively priced.
All in all the comedy was good, staff were poor, venue is overly commercial with constant ads in your face, no quality with food, no Guinness on tap (another first in Dublin), rude aggressive door staff, unnecessary queueing.
I will stick to the better cheaper comedy clubs in future such as the International Bar and The Bankers as we never fail to have a good night in there.
I should note I sent the above to the Laughter Lounge before posting here but they didn't bother to respond.
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