659 S Mariposa Ave, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9000534.061094 -118.298827
Neighborhoods: Wilshire Center / Koreatown, Central LA
I'm not crazy about this place. Drinks are overpriced, and it takes forever for your song to come up in karaoke. It also gets too crowded.
Dave & Busters is better!!! – The Brass Monkey is a fun little Dive bar that i enjoy going to with small groups of people. I have fun, its good, but to be completely honest i left early to go to dave and busters on Friday night and they have cosmic karaoke in their "show room" You get to sing with a real band!! Its so much fun there. Plenty of space, Waiter service! Great atmisphere!! All around much better place then any other karaoke place ive been too! And when you get tired of singing you can play games to,. An all around great place for everone!! Drinks are tasty and food isnt bad either!!
Worst Karaoke Bar Ever – I'd give it a 1/2 star if it would let me. The Karaoke DJ was horrible. He pointed out that he wasn't being tipped very well. It was an hour wait to get onstage when there was hardly anyone in the room, then it jumped to two hours when it got busy. Apparently, they don't have Sauza tequila even though it says it on the menu. I can say something nice about the food. The food was good. Other than that...I'll never go back again.
Wack – So, there's a two drink minimum the waiters wont stop bugging till u buy the damn drinks. It's small, gotta come early or you'll be standing the whole night. Eh, I don't think ill come again.
Worst place ever!!!! – 3/3/09 My friends, husband and I went to this place. The first time for most of the 8 person group. The overcharged a few people and when I complained about the taste of the drink the "manager" came over and kicked us out! BUT WAIT then billed one of the guys for drinks and food we didn't eat or drink! The held one of the girls hostage while the guy went to his car to get more case to pay the bogus bill.
Then while waiting outside for our hostage friend another group came out and said they were just kicked out too because they had been there too long!!!! They were asked rudely to pack up their belongings and leave since they had other customers that would be buying more drinks!
It was crazy! Overpriced, unfriendly and unprofessional location! Please do not go to this place!
HORRIBLE! – Few of my friends came to have a good time and after 20-30 minutes we left in disgust. There was a brunette waitress working at night on 03/21/09 that was a real money grubbing "person". I ordered 3 beers for total $18.00 when I gave her a $20.00 she told me "ok that's twenty" I looked at her like what? She said "this is how I make a living so it's twenty" To get a tip you EARN your tip if she would of gave me $2.00 back I would of gave her back those $2.00 even though she did not do much. I felt like she reached into my wallet and helped herself out to my money. uhh such a dirty feeling!
All in all, a fun night – My girlfriend and I are avid karaoke peeps. We just moved to LA from Santa Barbara and have been searching for good karaoke spots. So far, Brass Monkey has been one of the better singing spots, but has a few problems to be aware of. Let me preface this review by saying, in Santa Barbara I was a singing bartender at a popular karaoke spot and my girlfriend has KJ'd on a few occasions for her uncle who has one of the best shows you'll ever go to. That being said, we know what makes up good karaoke and good service.
Upon entering the bar we were (like the last poster) confronted by a cocktail waitress who was adamant about taking our drink order. I declined and told her we would try and find a spot at the bar. She looked at me like I was crazy and with quite an attitude persisted to convince me to order through her. I've managed a restaurant and bartended at a similar bar, and in no way should employees ever barrage a guest upon their arrival, it starts things off on a bad note. I brushed past her and ignored her request to serve us and headed for the bar. Once I got their, I noticed all the seats were taken so I asked the cocktail waitress if I could sit at a table, the only one which wasn't reserved for a party later. She reluctantly accepted, but told me she would have to kick me and my gf out of the seats once a larger party wanted to sit there. Mind you this was only a small two person table. I didn't really want to get into anything even though this is fatal protocol for a business who wants returning guests.
We finally ordered our first two domestic beers and put in our karaoke slips. The KJ started his show a little early at around 845 and we got in two songs before the bar completely filled up around 930. Throughout the meat of the night, the service was good, we weren't kicked out for a bigger party, and we got in 3 songs apiece before the rotation was 3 hours long (so go early).
After singing our last song, I asked the cocktail waitress, who had been attentive to us throughout the night if we could split the payment between my gf's and my credit cards. We had 5 beers apiece so I figured it would be pretty easy. Well her reaction was as though I asked her to bake me a cake. She asked, "seriously?". I said "yes, if it's not too much trouble". She huffed off and returned with our bills. We were surprised to see that Coors Light goes for $5 a bottle, especially after hearing about reasonable drink prices. $5 for C- is an absolute rip off but I guess it's not too unexpected for an LA bar.
All in all, my gf and I had a fun night, but we won't be going back to Brass Monkey until we've searched for better karaoke spots. If the beer was a little less expensive and the cocktail waitress not as pushy and bitchy, we would surely be returning customers.
Not on my watch... – First thing I walked into this bar all I wanted to do was go straight to the bar. I had a waitress jump in front of me blocking me from the bar. She said, "can I help you?" I said, " oh I just want to go to the bar thank you" She said, "oh that's fine I can take your order"....mind you I see the bar has people seated all around it. I say, "can't I just go to the bar??" She say's "oh I can help you" A little weirded out and seeing the door man creeping up behind me I said, "ok, I'll have a vodka tonic (sucked by the way)" She says, "there's a $25 limit on cards" so I proceed to buy three of my friends drinks. Now we have to stand awkwardly waiting for a table that is clearly open before us until we are finally seated. The whole time I am thinking, "how the hell are those people able to sit at the bar but I can't??" I hate this place, with a passion.
Real cool bar – i enjoy myself at the brass monkey. i went on a friday night and it was great. The drinks were good and you got them in a timely matter. The Dj was great totally had the whole bar rocking. men to women ratio was great 5 to 2. Most of the guys were cute and friendly. great place to meet new people. And the hot wings are good too.
If you want to get sick this is the place to be..... – I ordered some calamari and it came in stale, I told our waitress if its possible to change my order and she gladly obliged so I ordered chicken wings and guess what , it came in freezing cold like it came out of the fridge. I was really disappointed and I called our server back to see if I could get my money back and you know what she told me....I can't give your money back coz they will take it out of me...WOW if this is a place you want to hang around I guess you have to assume the risk if you want to get sick....worst place to be...avoid totally unless you want to get potential disease then its highly recommended. I wouldnt come back to this place even if you paid me!!!!!
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