5801 Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA | Directions 1523240.456340 -79.930689
Mon. - Sun. 4pm - 2am
RUINED MY SATURDAY NIGHT
This bar labels itself as a Gay bar and it really does not have Gay patrons.
I visited the 5801 Video Lounge on Saturday, August 31, 2013 during Labor Day weekend. 80% of the bar's patrons were straight - heterosexual couples. There were a few Gay people scattered throughout the bar but in no way would I call this place a Gay bar.
The place looks good but not all that special. It kind of reminded me of Applebee's for some reason. It could use a good cleaning. The carpets for example were dirty and even sticky in some places.
At the upstairs bar, for 20 minutes, I tried unsuccessfully to get a drink from any of the bartenders there. They were ignoring me!
We don't smoke and we were trying to avoid the downstairs bar because they allow smoking. However, since we were being ignored by the bartenders upstairs who were too busy serving the straight couples, we reluctantly decided to go downstairs and try to get drinks.
At the smoky downstairs bar, the bartender did approach me but when I asked for Black Velvet, they didn't have it. So then, I asked for Canadian Club and again they did not have it. I really felt as though this bar did not want us there and weren't going to serve us. It was as if they were saying, "No, we don't have it, you can't have anything here. We don't want you here." Black Velvet and Canadian Club are both fine Canadian whiskeys that are staples at almost all bars and I found it unbelievable that they did not have either of them.
I also observed the bartenders using those automatic shot measuring devices. I absolutely hate that. How do I know I am even getting a full shot of booze with those things. If they need to measure, I want to see them use a shot glass so I can see what I am paying for. Anyway, after seeing the automatic shot measuring devices, I was pretty sure the drinks were very weak.
There is a patio on the backside. It is not a beautiful patio as described by some of the reviewers. When I was there, it was jam-packed with smokers and there was standing-room only.
The patrons were not friendly in 5801 either. AND, worst of all, because of inaccurate reviews on Yelp, Urban Spoon and Gay Cities, I ended up visiting this bar and wasting my valuable vacation time on a Saturday night when I could have gone somewhere else.
There is no dance floor. Other reviewers mention that there is a dance floor. I could not find one anywhere. Perhaps, it used to be located where the dart boards are now.
I was ignored by the upstairs bartenders. The drinks they do make are weak. I was unable to get my drink in this bar. The bartenders and the patrons were unfriendly. It is not a Gay bar. I do not recommend it.
Most of the positive reviews written for 5801 Video Lounge are written by straight heterosexual women. I can understand that. I believe that if you are a straight heterosexual man or woman that you would probably like this place. However, if you are Gay and are looking for a Gay crowd to hang out with, you won't find it at 5801.
Misquided – Great Staff, great place. I've been a regular for several years and have had nothing but positive experiences.
The prior reviewers don't have their information correct on the credit cards. I work in the industry, and can understand why it was confusing. 5801 pre-authorizes credit cards. This pre-authorized amount ($10 at that time) ) is held by the credit card company, not 5801. It is also returned in 3-5 business days, which the reviewers neglected to mention. We all need to take this issue up with the credit card companies to change this practice.
And try the food at 5801...its surprisingly good!!!
Bad News! – I checked my Visa account and there was a random 10 dollar charge (just like the other reviewer said happened). I thought the bartender took extra money out for a tip, but now I see it's just a regular procedure at this place.
They should at least warn customers. I won't be returning.
Bad Business – I contacted my bank about an amount held by a merchant (5801 Video & Lounge Bar, 5801 Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232 412-661-5600) on my debit card. The merchant is taking a 10 dollar hold fee out of my account and not returning it until two weeks later. This is done aside from the amount of my purchase bill. My purchase bill is processed and posted within a couple of days but the hold amount doesn't get returned to me until weeks later. The Bank says this is illegal and goes against the ?Merchant Service Contract?. They told me that they are telling their customers to report this activity to the FTC and to contact VISA. They also say this is becoming a trend with bars to hold money in order produce interest on the amounts that they are holding. Well I have contacted the FTC, and now I'm informing you. I will be contacting the PA Attorney General?s Office as well. Is this illegal, should it be and is VISA allowing them to do this? I also feel it necessary to blog this on the internet to grow awareness if in fact this is a growing sham trend yet to be recognized. FTC has told me if this is reported enough they will take action. FYI to all
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