Berkeley >Arts & Entertainment > Thallasa
2367 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA | Directions 9470437.866350 -122.267167
Daily, noon - 2am. Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, 6pm - 2am
Neighborhoods: South Berkeley
Expensive, but good – A bit of an expensive place, especially for a student like me, but this is one great place to hang out and have great drinks. You can meet all kinds of people here, not just students, and mingle around. Everyone is friendly, but to play pool you gotta pay extra. Not as nice as the joints I frequent in Reno, but it's decent here.
GREAT CHILL ATMOSPHERE, SPECIALS ON DRINKS, POOL IS 10 BUCKS AN HOUR THOUGH – The first time i went i did'nt even know it was there it has no sign out side its location. it has a nice aqua under water theme This place is more for college students but Is mixed with all walks of life (afterall this is berkeley) I went one Sunday and suprisingly it was crowded. The only thing I dislike is that you have to pay $10 an hour to play pool. The drinks are really good. Of course like anyother bars they have finger foods though just down the street theres a really good chinese restaurant. No Dj no dancefloor they play music i think from a comp cd. Which has all different types of genres except hip hop. Maybe they have certain days they play it or something. Overall it was a good expirence. A great place to bring a date its pretty romantic on nights thats not as crowded.
It's nice to have a bar where you can do something other than drink. Decent amount of seating but it's usually tough to find a seat on the weekend. It has a small patio where you can hang out and smoke. The bar is usually crowded though, so it'll take awhile to get a drink. The sidewalk out front is usually pretty gross.
Bar and Billards – The first time I went to Thalassa, it was okay. We got a few beers and played some pool. I thought it would be fun to go back. But the second time we went, I couldn't believe what happened. The bartender was beyond rude to us, demanding i.d.s, and litterally chasing us around the bar (we had things we wanted to set down before ordering at the bar) When I presented her with my passport, she was unable to find my birthday on it (!) and asked for alternate identification.
Since I'm over thirty years old, (I was wearing a skirt and heels), as is my husband, (who was wearing slacks and an button up shirt, with his work id badge hanging from his waist, and a lap top computer in a leather bag over his shoulder), we were more than surprised at her lack of ability to guesstimate our age. It was clear that she assumes everyone who lives in Berkeley is a student at the UC.
When I explained that I no longer drive, and therefore I don't carry a driver's license, she asked us both to leave. I was beyond appalled. We were about to buy several rounds of drinks and play at least one round of pool-while waiting for friends-who would have undoubtably had a few rounds as well. I would assume the business lost around 50 to 75 dollars that evening because we left.
Not only should a good bartender be able to tell within reason how old a patron is, a good bartender should be able to ask for identification without offending the customer. I will never go back to this establishment again. I hope the money the owner saved not bothering to train that employee was worth the hundreds of dollars I will be spending down the street at another location, because I am never going back!
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