We have seen the same band perform at several different venues, so I feel I can provide a good review of HOB as compared to other venues of varying sizes. Everyone at the venue was friendly, including security on the way in and the bartenders. The wait for drinks at the bar (there are two bars downstairs) was short and our bartender, Jen, even remembered what people were drinking. She proactively offered to start a tab for us. The ladies room was clean and there were multiple stalls. At no time did I encounter a wait.
It was definitely the loudest show I’ve been to in a very long time, and I feel possibly the volume was to make up for the relatively poor acoustics. We had floor tickets, and even in the middle of the floor, it actually seemed a little muffled. There are two other levels and possibly the lack of solid surface space dampened the overall sound quality.
We had a great time overall, but the biggest bummer of the night was the lack of security response to fights and moshing. The next time we go to see a show here, we will definitely upgrade to the seating on one of the other floors. It just wasn’t worth it to worry about getting hurt by the people around us.
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