Seattle >Bars & Clubs > Neumos
925 E Pike Street, Seattle, WA | Directions 9812247.614013 -122.320037
Neighborhoods: Capitol Hill, Broadway
Even if you don't recognize all of the bands on the bill your certain to have a good time at this music club. From all forms of rock to hip hop to literary readings Neumos has its finger on the pulse.
Club with Police State Ambience – You'd think a hundred bucks would buy you a decent night out, right?
If your plans are at NEUMO'S, think again!
My experience "seeing" the late show of TIM AND ERIC AWESOME TOUR at NEUMO'S was downright terrible. The floor level of the club filled to capacity, trapping the people upstairs with employees blocking staircases who refused to let people downstairs. If you've ever been upstairs, you know how impossible it is to see anything unless you're at the rail or over 6 feet tall. As neither of those applied to me that night, my boyfriend and I couldn't see a thing, and were prevented from finding a better spot by NEUMO'S staff that, while "just doing their jobs", were hindering not only my experience but the experience of countless other patrons.
It was such a lock-down state that an employee wouldn't even let me downstairs to grab my purse from a
friend who was at the foot of the stairs!
My friends and I, unable to see the show (and separated by the two level lockdown procedure), left the show after spending tons of cash on drinks and a show we couldn't see. Does that seem fair? Shouldn't it be a venue's responsibility to guarantee - within the realm of its abilities - the enjoyable experience of its patrons? I understand that safety is an issue, but it was NEUMO'S responsibility to maintain both safety and harmony with its guests - instead, it opted to comply with police at the expense of its patrons.
NEUMO'S: SHAME ON YOU for overcrowding your lower level and punishing your patrons with rudeness!
Comedy Show Nightmare – Ok, here goes for my first review...
I went to see Tim and Eric Live yesterday, May 2nd, 2008. The show itself was excellent...Or what I could see of it. I have never been to a venue where there was such an inability to see the stage. I was surprised that at a comedy show, there were no chairs pulled out. Afterall, it WAS to be a visual event. So basically, instead of going to a comedy show where you get to sit down, relax, and watch a couple of guys be funny, I ended up standing for 4 hours, not being able to see 99% of the show. I felt like my money had been horribly wasted, and I was just hot and uncomfortable the entire time.
Now, I think you're getting the idea that I'm angry that I paid money to see a show, that I in fact, could not see. I have another general complaint. I walked into the bathroom, for obvious reasons, and it was SO DARK in there I could barely see. Kind of awkward. For me at least.
Basically, I wouldn't recommend Neumos for any event. The fact that there are places for you to stand in the bar and lean over the rails to see the stage was really the only good thing about being there...That and the physical location of the place. It's in a good spot, lots of better clubs and bars to visit surrounding the place. I won't go again, and I won't be one to advise anyone else to go. Unless you enjoy wasting your money and being hot.
Never came across a venue so keen to keep their customers outside waiting. – Went to see the Raconteurs last night - brilliant! But Neumos did it?s best to spoil the party?
The process of getting inside the venue was a nightmare. There was a queue around the block by 7pm while doors didn?t open till 8pm. And I know the last people in the queue didn?t get inside before 10.15pm. The situation was avoidable in two ways ? earlier doors open and a more streamlined method of checking people in.
(1) It was a sold out gig. ALL tickets Will Call. Couldn?t Ticketwest/Neumos print/post tickets with 6wks notice? That would?ve dispensed with Bouncer #1 who had to check your ID and tick your name off a very long list.
(2) It was supposed to be an over 21 gig and the vast majority of people inside appeared over 21. Sticking to this would?ve dispensed with Bouncer #2 who stamped your wrist to say you were over 21. It would also have made for easier maneuvering inside a very full venue that was pointlessly divided into over/under 21 access.
(3) Finally there?s Bouncer #3 who fits you with a wristband ? apparently necessary since there were no tickets. As it was clearly posted there was "absolutely no re-entry" why bother with wristbands???
(4) And then once you get inside? The balconies were way over stated capacity and I suspect the main hall area was too. And the bathrooms were an absolute disgrace.
I think a venue that hosts sell out crowds regularly should be better set up to get people in promptly. Plus the door staff were taking their own sweet time... no sense of them actively trying to speed things up. Overall despite the band being fabulous the venue let itself down. I?ve been to a lot of gigs in Seattle and in the UK over the years and I have no issue with small grubby venues that do their best with a smile, but Neumos was just inept. I don?t think I?ll be going back.
Horrible experience with security.... – I went to the Daniel Johnston show last night in high spirits. After the show let out I realized I had forgot something inside, so I knocked on the door and told security I needed to go in quickly and would be right out. It was apparent he was frustrated with my question, but after telling him politely I forgot an item and really needed to get back in for a minute, he agreed to let me in. Keep in mind there were still people inside. My boyfriend was standing by my side this whole time, so I told the security- not thinking this would be an issue- that I was going to bring him in with me. I wish I was exaggerating when I say that at this point, a female security guard lunged at me, shoving me hard with both hands, swearing at me for "scheming sh*t," and slammed the door in my face. My back hurts now, I'm a small framed girl with a soft voice and the aggression and violence that women displayed was completely unprofessional and out of line. I didn't try and push my way in, I didn't have an ounce of hostility in my voice, I simply said I was going to bring my boyfriend with me. Such an insane request.. Could they not have simply told me only one person in? Yes, but they resorted to an unjustified aggressive attack. It's really too bad that so many great artists perform here, because after last night I'm not sure I ever want to go back.
I will NEVER attend Nuemos again – Just like the other complaints on here about their security, I not only have but have also heard similar stories. The most frustrating part is the wasted excitement and money spent attending the place. I got kicked out because my girlfriend got kicked out. They said she was too drunk and she only had 1 beer the whole night before they gave her the boot. Somehow I was able to convince them to let us back in when I told them I wanted my money back. After that, we had a retarded security gaurd follow us around all night which just made everything uncomfortable. It's as if they're trying to get a bad reputation. If you have a favorite artist(s) playing there or may know they're potentially playing there, I would recommend going to the musicians label and letting their agent know ahead of time.
Horrible, Horrible Security... Never going to another event here – Security is ridiculous here, Horrible! A friend of mine got kicked out for being too drunk which is completely fine. But what really made me mad is that I went out to talk to my friend who had been kicked out to make sure he had a safe ride home. I go back to the door to go inside and they cut my wristband for no apparent reason, I asked to talk to the security person in charge and he said the doorman was in charge and its his call on whether he thinks a person should be kicked out and not let back in. Not to mention it was my birthday and I paid over 200 dollars in tickets to the Pepper concert which I didnt even get to see play because they kicked me out before they even started. I was not drunk, out of control, making a scene. I was simply kicked out for associating with my friend who had been kicked out. Anyway this place seriously deserves this horrible review, I just hope someone sees this who will actually do something about it. I have been to many other venues in seattle which are 10 times better than this place. Thumbs down for sure. And please fire everyone on your security staff.
Stupid security – One problem I had with the place.
Security guards were stupid. they didn't listen to the bands when they said they were totally fine with people crowd surfing and it was pretty lame. I mean c'mon! let us have more fun!!! I attended the Aiden show on 2/8/08. Enter Shikari kept telling the security to NOT pull off the people who were cool enough to crowd surf.
Who gives a .. if they get hurt? PEOPLE GET HURT ALL THE TIME MOSHING!!!! and please don't EVER not allow moshing. Shows just would never be the same without good ol moshing :)
SECURITY AT NEUMOS IS LAME! I HATE IT!
but other than the stupid security who don't know how to have fun, it was a decent place :) just the right size. I got close to the bands and it was one of the best nights of my life. Bathrooms were suprisingly (sp?) clean, I liked how you could go in and out of the place without having to be 21 and over.
but el corazon is really the place to go. I LOVE IT THERE! BEST VENUE IN SEATTLE I SWEAR! El corazon's security never cares about crowd surfing, or anything unless its tragic or whatever. The bathrooms are equally clean as neumos, but one thing neumos has over El Corazon is that you're able to come in and out of the place.
Audio sounded really good, could hear everything perfectly. No complaints on that.
Well thats all I have to say.
This would be my first review, I'm not much of a "Review writer" but hey...gimme a break.
i will never go here again – I have been here before where I had to deal with a moody doorman but this last time has sealed the deal. i was at a show there enjoying the music, dancing most of the night. I had a tab upstairs and I went outside to have a smoke. When I tried to go back in, they would not let me with no reason give. Mind you I wasn't wasted, or being loud and obnoxious. I am a very happy friendly girl just havin a smoke. I explained that I had been there all night and that I had a tab open that I needed to close and they just smirked at me and told me no. Well i decided to go in anyway and well as you can imagine, I got man-handled. Now I am a small lady and headlocks are not necessary but apparently he thought they were. The whole thing was a bit ridiculous and although I am proud of my attempt, I am a bit embarrased. My point is that I was a paying customer with a valid ticket and was denied access for seriously no reason, at least none given. Well I am never to return and I forewarn you all to stay in once youare in or you just never know what may happen!
This is the place you want to be – This is THE place to see a band on Capitol Hill. Really. They?ve got so many great bands booked it?s insane. Check the calendar on their website, there are bands just about every night. If you?re at all sensitive to loud music I?d recommend some ear plugs or grabbing a spot in the upper ?reading room?. It can get a bit loud on the main floor sometimes ? but hey, it?s a rock concert baby! We Seattle?ites are so lucky to have a place this good in our city ? and tickets are dirt cheap, often less than $10! What are you doing tonight?
Update 11/21/08: In these tough economic times this awesome club gave the boot to a homophobic church group that was a rental client. Upon clarification of the church's policy with regards to gay issues Neumos kicked them out and terminated their relationship with that group. Support this club because they support you! Thanks Neumos!!
Overzealous Security – I purchased four tickets for the Rasputina show, one set for me and my husband, the other for a few friends. We arrived earlier than they did, and when they showed up I went outside to give them their tickets. They are both 40 years old. The security wouldn't let them into the bar area, because one of them had only her expired driver's license and the temporary paper card you get before you get the real one in the mail. Unbelievable! It made no sense at all; first of all, expired ID is still legal ID... second, what in heck else could she have done? Plus the purse searches they were doing were pretty amazing- the person searching acted like they were doing a huge favor to me letting me bring in a tiny vial of perfume, after hemming and hawing like maybe it was worth confiscating, like the miniscule pocket knife my friend had. And I got a warning to "keep my pen in my purse" like maybe I was going to do something subversive with it. All in all the security left a really bad taste in my mouth.
Besides that it was an OK venue to watch live music, though there were plenty of people who must have had not-so-good views. I really would never go back unless it was a show I couldn't live without seeing.
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