Not all it's hyped up to be.
Ok, I hate to burst their bubble, but Layla is all that great!
The table are always "reserved" and the waitresses will tell you to move. The funny part? They never seat anyone in these "reserved" tables! I have been there on many occasions for several hours, and the table are empty. Do they think that "reserving" table will make them appear more popular? No, it just makes them look like idiots.
I have heard rumours around town that the owners are struggling to keep Layla open; that's why they went the "night club" route, so they could let most of their kitchen staff go.
Additionaly, if there is a private party upstairs, were the restrooms are, you are not allowed to go upstairs-you have to use the employee bathroom in the kitchen.
It's ok, I don't make an effort to go there. I wouldn't recommend doing so yourself.
Great atmosphere. I went here for a friend's birthday party and it was awesome! It's more on the upscale side and the drinks arent cheap but the food and atmosphere was great. I would reccomend to any of my friends and I will absolutely go back.
First Class on an International Level.
The food and the atmosphere are at a world class level.
this is not the place to go "slum it", dress up a bit.
to reserve a swanky table in the VIP requires a minimum purchase..depending on how many people, could be upto $200, you would spend that anyway with 6 people drinking...
I go with my black friend quite frequently, and have never been discriminated against.
There are times, with the club being so popular, that you may be turned away or made to wait.
They also have themed event's and parties in which you would need a costume, 80's prom, old school hip hop, etc... on these nights those who are not matching the theme may be turned away.
go early and try the food!
you can find them on myspace to see upcoming events.
Awful. I was a law student at Vanderbilt when this place opened. It was right down the street from me and everyone was so excited when it opened! It's in a great location - Virago and Boundary are excellent restaurants/lounges nearby. The place is gorgeous. There is one major problem. The doormen are FAR from hospitable. I've experienced it myself and I've heard countless stories. I've patronized this "hot spot" on three separate occasions and I've been utterly disappointed and disgusted each time. The last time I went there (I was in town visiting friends), the doorman yelled at me! On April 21, a group of friends (mostly black professsionals, law students and med students) and I decided to go. My black male friends, who were professionally-dressed, arrived first and were immediately denied entry. The men at the door gave various reasons why they could not enter. When the ladies arrived, the men at the door stopped our entire group. I asked what was the problem and one of the men disrespectfully shouted at me that he did not feel like explaining to me what was going on while waiving his hand dismissively. He also stated that it would be a waste of time to discuss the "problems" further. I asked him to stop shouting at me and he walked away. Another man rudely told us that we needed to decide what we were going to do, basically rushing us away from the establishment. Most of us, including all of the guys, decided to leave because we were so embarassed. Would it surprise you if I told you that the white members of our group, including guys wearing white t-shirts and baggy jeans, were allowed in with NO hassles? Two thumbs down!
Discriminatory & Rude. Layl'a Rul discriminates against customers based on race and gender, especially when concerning black males. During my last encounter at this establishment, I witnessed approximately 10 black males turned away at the door for "dress code violations". However, that same night, I saw several white males with the same "dress code violations" allowed in the club. When this issue was addressed with the persons at the door, our concern was disregarded and we were treated very rudely by both the bouncer and security guard. I do not recommend this night club for anyone, especially if you do not want to support a club that finds racial discrimination acceptable.
Rude and Pretentious.... Nashville needs more higher end bars and clubs so that we don't have to put up with the service at Layl'a Rul.
Spend your money elsewhere....
This place is way over rated. Every since they've tried to become a "night club", I've noticed the quality of service decline. I stumbled across one of the managers when this place first opened up. I was told they were fairly new and were lacking business. I invited friends out for the evening and made it a point to stop by. We had actually had a decent time, so we kept returning for food and drinks. As of late, when stopping by, I'm treated deplorably. Everyone from the doorman to the hostess have been extremely rude. I've never seen anything like it...if I weren't a mild mannered professional...things could have escalated....
Whatever happened to treating customers like you wanted their business? One of the most basic concepts of running a business revolves around customer service. News flash!!!...customers don't need you....you need them.
Congratulations...you've actually managed to run off someone who was once a faithful patron.
Step Your Game up. This club has great potential but they need to have someone better on the door. Regardless of how many drunk people security deals with on a nightly basis, they can still be courteous. That is sign of proper management. Turning away the majority of guests who approach isn't a great tactic. I frequent Layl'a and I ALWAYS get in and I'm ALWAYS treated as a VIP but this club pretends to be something it isn't. Layl'a is not in a position to be arrogant in regards to its status as a Nashville Hot Spot. Nashville is too small to treat people as rudely as many are treated as many are at Layl'a. If they want to make good on their attemp to be a big city night club, they need to start with proper training for the doormen (and door woman, she can be nasty too), more variety with the cocktails, I don't drink Heineken or Hennesey, but my clients do and they see it as a racially biased snub, and last but not least, a better DJ. The music is the WORST part of the club. They could turn on a radio and the dance music would be better. The DJ should play TO the crowd, not from a freakin playlist. I suggest the owner visit some real clubs like Prive,Mansion, Pure, or even the old Hyde (at least they play some hip hop)
Top Nashville Bar. Layla is a great bar thursday-sunday. I have been going to Layla since they opened and even the same spot when it was Chu! I know many people think it is a little pricey......so go somewhere else! Its a great place to dance and listen to good music. Great people, although somtimes snobbish(but thats everywhere), fast bartenders and friendy employees. I've read the reviews and noticed the comment about the security guy Eddie. He is the nicest security guard I know and the only reason he is rude is because he deals with drunk people all night! wouldn't you be rude by the end of the night too? The owner has done a great job with Layla and Virago. Its def the place to go for a fun weekend night. It is full of beautiful people and great drinks! Its a great bar to go with friends but not TOO many bc someone will get lost in the crowd. Get there early for a seat at the bar. 10:00 is my advice. Bring some extra cash for tipping and enjoy! Other great spots: Virago, BarTwenty3, Cabana, Trace(on Monday)
One of the best restaurants in Nashville along with Virago. I've been reading alot of the reviews about Layla, and it makes me laugh when I hear people complaining about a $10 martini, about how they have been to big cities and that price is unbelievable. I live in the city of Detroit and martinis here are $12 or more(we're not even close to being New York, Chicago, or Miami). I think the people giving their opinions have never been anywhere but Nashville, or maybe Memphis, and have no idea what a contemporary, modern restaurant is supposed to be. I've been to Layla and Virago and they are the best thing that has ever happened to Nashville. Quit bitching Nashville, your lucky to have that much culture in your hillbilly "city". The food is remarkable! The service is outstanding!! The ambience at both places....remarkable!!!