Oakland >Bars & Clubs > Kona Club
4401 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA | Directions 9461137.830537 -122.247382
Daily, 2pm - 2am; Thanksgiving and Christmas Day: 6pm - 2am
Neighborhoods: Piedmont Avenue
Humiliation and Mediocrity – I have never been so humiliated in my life as I was last night, because of this place. I wish i could give this review ZERO stars. HORRIBLE staff.
We arrived about 10:50, the night was young and full of promise. However, when I walked into the bar I made the mistake of having my arm around my boyfriend's shoulders. This apparently made the female bartender there entirely positive that I was actually leaning on him for support, and was too drunk to drink any more. I had, in fact, had a couple of drinks already, couple that with it being Friday and a long day in the office, yeah I probably looked tired, I was! But cut off before the bartender even talked to me? It was funny (frustrating) though because it was that catch-22 situation- the more you argue you aren't drunk the drunker you sound right? LOL. We just left and had a fabulous night elsewhere so ultimately it wasn't a big deal, but I think the principle of it is what bothers me now. I've never been "cut off" from a bar in my life!!! I mean, truth be told, the female bartender was a bit homely and well, plus-sized, my speculation is that she really enjoyed having the power over another woman?
I've been here before and have never been impressed by the service or the bar, and i certainly will not ever return. This is a mediocre bar, with expensive mediocre drinks, sub-par staff and INCREDIBLY cheesy decor. If you're near it yeah i guess stop by as you're waiting to go somewhere else, don't EVER make this place your main event though, unless you're aiming for humiliation. I dunno, may be you're into that kind of thing. haha.
Bartender is not nice – I was a regular going atleast 3 times a week leaving close to 30-50 dollars a week in tips but until tonight sunday July 5 there was (so called Alex) this slobby looking guy bartending very unprofessional having this unkind attidude. Anyways I had left him a couple a dollars from my first order and i was short 10 cents on the next order ($4.00 beer) and he said he needed the whole amount so when I was gonna pay with my credit card , I told him that the last time would be the last time I gave him a tip, so he decided to 86 me from the establishment and I felt like all the money I spent there didnt mean a dime!! I guess you know what I mean, I feel anyone going there while he is bartending will not be appreciated and if i was the owner I would get rid of him in a hurry because he always never let the customer feel appreciated. he acts like he"s forced to work, otherwise everyone else that works there seems very nice and appreciative . (he needs to stop drinking while he's working! :)
Great local hangout...LOTS of regulars – I go here a lot, and I love it because most of the bartenders know me. There is a large variety of different ages and backgrounds that come here, that's part of the reason that makes it so special. Bartenders are great!
No-frills tiki bar injects some Hawaii Five-O kitsch into trendy Piedmont. – In Short
Walls covered in bamboo and lauhala, light fixtures that resemble blowfish, and vintage surfboards all give neighborhood patrons a glimpse into touristy Hawaii. A life-size swaying hula dancer are a fun, unique touch. The front bar room seats mostly couples and looks into an adjacent pool room; a more spacious back room can accommodate groups of five or more. A list of favorite island drinks--from Lava Flows to Mai Tais--as well as cocktails and draft brews are available.
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