Despite the many recent negative reviews, I went to Popkin anyway, because it was withing walking distance, and they had trivia. Although the experience wasn't awful, I wouldn't go back again for dinner. I would possibly sit at the bar, but definitely not get dinner. The food was dismal. Not awful, but nothing really good. Definitely overpriced for the quality.
Service - terrible. I waited 10 minutes for my drink, and when it was brought, it was the wrong one. Then I waited almost 20 minutes for the correct drink, and to order dinner. This was a Tuesday night, and there were only 3 other tables in our section. Later in the evening, we ended up asking the bartender for another drink, because the server wasn't paying attention to us.
We stayed for trivia, which was fun, but not super exciting. There were only a few tables participating, and at the end, there were only two tables left. We won second place by default, and although the DJ kept saying there was no prize for winning, we did get prizes at the end. I guess that's the reward for sticking it out the whole time? The winning table received a gift certificate, and we received a Jagermiester party pack - tshirts, hats, sweatbands, etc. I'll never use the stuff, but it was a nice surprise. The trivia was a little strange though. The categories were weird and difficult, and it definitely was not made for a younger crowd.
I feel like the place really has a lot of potential. It's large, in city center, so it's right in the middle of First Friday art walks. The service just needs a push in the right direction, and they need a decent chef.
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