To be fair, this is only a review of the bar. And, to be fair, our visit was at what likely is one of the busiest times - - happy hour at spring break. But, when we leave a bar or restaurant because of one of the employees, I think it’s only fair to share the experience with others so that they can choose whether or not to replicate our experience.
We were trying to “kill time” in between walking and shopping St Armand’s Circle and dinner, so we went into Cha Cha Cocounuts because, of approximately 16 bar stools, 8 were empty. The lone bartender was busily try to sever up drink orders for the waiters and waitresses, and one of those in our party actually was able to walk halfway around the Circle, make a restaurant reservation, and get back to the bar before we had been greeted by the bartender. Several in our party ordered simple drinks (water, beer) and these were served quickly. The others asked to see a drink menu. A big mistake. The bartender was back taking care of the waiters and waitresses and it was quite some time before he returned to take the others’ orders. The bartender made little eye contact. At first, we weren’t even sure he knew we were there. A simple glance our way and “I’ll be right with you” would have gone a long way but he really wasn’t communicating with us or, as best I could tell, anyone at the bar. Because it was so busy, there was tension in the air, not a carefree “island” attitude. The patrons may have been happy, but the bartender didn’t appear to be.
One of our group simply said “I don’t want to stay at a bar where I’m afraid to ask for something” when we considered a second round. That really says it all.
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