I'm a week away from graduating from Pitt's School of Engineering, so during my college time, I didn't have a lot of spare time to actually get out of the Oakland scene. The bars around there are pretty loud, dirty, and fun to a point. But at some point, my wife and I simply can't stand being cooped in that sanctuary.
So I'd like to get out, just have no idea where or how to prepare (sorry for sounding like a bar fetus, just don't want to get embarrassed by someone saying I don't fit dress codes or other things)
So we both love the look of Zen, the idea of Matrix, and the "adventure" of Southside bars. Problem is, I just can't pin down anything hard about the policies and such.
What's the actual dress code? I understand that no tennis shoes and all, but that could mean a lot of tings. If I walked in with khakis or jeans and a $15 party shirt would I get turned out? Or do I actually need to pull out the Italian suit from my wedding?
And it's pathetic, but we applied for membership months ago, got a "reviewing" email, but nothing else. Do I not fit their demo? Do they check membership all the time?
Same kinds of questions, but it does seem more appropriate for rowdier people. Again with the "strict" dress code, jeans or suit appropriate?
In a different direction, the one time I did get out of Oakland was Calico Jack's. Honestly, this was probably one of the most disappointing $20 I spent in an evening. It was just plain boring there, no one was dancing, hardly anyone even starting to get drunk, and it was just a bunch of sausages in pods giggling and daring each other to talk to girls. Kinda immature to me. Is this the norm for places that I just need to live with?
Again, sorry if I sound like an infant, or if this is completely off base. Just trying to plan for future weekends away from school =D