In a word: What's going on on the floor?
The specs: #0591
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JM had a lemonade.
John had a Sprite.
Nichole had a Diet Coke.
The bill was $0 (thanks, bartender!) plus tip.
JM and John gave Segredo a D+; Nichole gave Segredo a B- (see our grading rubric).
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We went to Segredo, a campus-area club, at 9 on a Thursday night based on information gleaned from their website. The place was deserted save for two women who meandered in before us and disappeared. Inquiring at the bar, we found out that food service stopped at 9pm (the opening time listed on the door and online) and that the bowling lanes we'd looked forward to trying had been replaced by a dance floor in a recent re-visioning of the club. Only the ball returns remained, stowed under tall tables at the edge of the dance floor. For this deluge of disappointing news, the bartender sounded apologetic rather than impatient with our misinformedness, and comped us (that's #4) three sodas in plastic cups.
The space is not bad for a club, broken up into a medium-sized dance floor with two projection screens over it, multiple bars, and a few loungey alcoves. The barstools are like Crave's (maybe they are the selfsame chairs) and the satellite DJ mix was middling to fair.
Strictly speaking, since we didn't get any food, the Ds from the men are in keeping with our grading rubric. Segredo has some things to sort out (like its posted hours, or, oh, its identity) before we'd consider it a place to go eat.
Our experience had some things in common with our Grid Iron experience. Here's the thing, though. Nichole would try visiting Segredo again, maybe to just dance, because, unlike Grid Iron:
- Segredo was not full of drunken, belligerent Badger fans (granted, it was a Thursday)
- Segredo serves beverages in containers that do not require sanitation before use
- Segredo is hospitable.
We have no idea what the place is like at 1am; maybe that's when it's most itself. But we wouldn't expect to eat there.