Portland >Harvey's Comedy Club & Rstrnt
If you want to have a good night at
this place there's a couple things you must do first.
1.) Know someone who can invite you for free so you can save having to pay for the show.
2.) Get there early and have a couple drinks while you wait. It's never fun getting there late and it's a bad start to your night. I believe there is a drink minimum and it starts when you get to your seat in the club. The drinks you order at the bar I don't believe count toward that.
3.) Don't expect 5-star attention from your waitress or the usher. The usher is there to seat you and your relationship with them is all of about 60 seconds. The waitresses have designated tables they have to wait. If you have a large party, it's possible you will have two waiters who can only serve certain tables.
4.) If you can, bring cash. It's easy to spend a lot when you're there. Just bring cash if you're on a budget and the warnings of "extra charges" in the other comments scare you. I've never had that problem. Sometimes people don't realize an "authorization" will fall off your account automatically after a few days.
5.) Don't expect comedy central. These comedians are not always funny, and they're not always famous. There are many local acts, but usually the headliner is decent and sometimes a national personality.
6.) Don't sit close to the stage unless you want to be a part of the show. Comics will usually engage the front few tables banter or heckling.
7.) Fill out a comment card! You will then get called about once every two weeks and offered a table and 16 free tickets to give away as you wish.
This is not a bad club in my opinion. Maybe it used to be worse, but in the last decade I've enjoyed probably 7 or 8 shows there and never had "much" to complain about. If you go in knowing what to expect, you'll have a good night. Enjoy!
Having never been to a comedy club before, and only ever seeing comedians on tv or at local bars I didn't know what to expect. The lounge was very crouded before show time, but the staff was good, and the drinks were not wholly overpriced, just regular bar prices. We got our tickets free through a promotion that required us to spend a certain amount on food and drinks per person, but it was not an issue as the food was excellent and the service definitely above par. I'm actually only writing this review because I was looking up their info to head back again. The comedians obviously vary from week to week, but have never been disappointed. Am going back this weekend, and expect nothing less than the same high level of service and entertainment.
First Experience and it was good.
I've never been to a comedy club. My girl took me and it was very fun. They had us sit at a table right in front of the stage and of course we were picked on.
The only issue was our order took a long time to come back to our table. Maybe it was because of how busy it is.
Have to agree Managment is horrible.
I do have to say, I got the nacho's and they were really good. The drinks have improved over the time and i usually enjoy the comidians.
Now to the problem, I was looking over my bank statement on Tuesday of the following week and noticed an extra charge on my card from Harvey's. I called and left a message and wait a couple hours. No return call. So i called back (it is very hard to get someone on the phone), Finally someone answer and I told them about my issue. They stated they would call the manager and the manager would call me back. Hours go by and no response. I call back (again near impossible to get someone on the phone), they say the manager will be in the following day and will help me with this. Still no call back! Finally 2 days later i notice they removed the charge. I am glad it was taken care, but a call back would have went a long way.
Harvey's has lost my business!
Manager was rude and yelled at us!. I had a similar experience as the previous poster. As my party and I were motioned to be sat we went to sit at our table and I guess it was the wrong one because the hostess/manager yelled at us. It was an honest mistake and no one should be talked to like that! I also agree our server was very nice. Good show but F that bitch!
Chubby Hostess/ Manager is a BITCH. We went to Harvey's Comedy Club last weekend and I have never been treated so damn poorly as I was by the Chubby hostess, I was told I could complain on my comment card but that she throws them out if there is anything negative about her on them. I was also told that I could call back and talk to the owner but I though of this instead. We made reservations and when they could not find them our trouble began. The Manager was unconcerned, rude, bitchy, and she looked at us from up on her high horse with an evil glare. We were the ones who had been wronged and she treated us as if somehow we did something wrong. I am not sure what her problem was but we wanted to leave. We only stayed because we love Suzanna Lee, an amazing female comedian. Our server was a doll when we talked with her about our situation, she of course said it was another department she couldn't do anything for us, but she was a sweetheart and we were glad we stayed. As she apologized for her manager she mentioned that she was always trying to calm down her customers after they interacted with her manager/ that Chubby, rude, bitch. I am also in the service industry and I could tell from the look in the servers eyes that working for that Chubby Bitch was hard. If you go to Harveys and can get seated before you punch out that condecending, angry bitch be nice to the servers they obviously deal with alot.
Not Surprised when i got screwed. So my friends invited my husband and I to Harveys for the first time. I had went to this website and read all the reviews prior. Wow, not good at all. So I was already skeptical. We went anyways, (free tickets) We walked right in with no lines. I had read not to eat there food but my friends had ordered the nachos and to my surprise, they were actually really good. I also read not to order any mixed drinks because they are over priced and weak, so I stuck with wine which you cant mess up. the service was fine, nothing took extra long or anything. The comedy was great and we had a wonderful time. When it was time to pay they had our credit card with them to "hold the tab open" but i didnt want them to run it so I paid cash and they gave us the card back. When I got home i had a sneaky suspicion that the server could have pocketed the $40 i handed her and still have charged my card. Sure enough, I just checked my account and Wammo!!!!! There it was, a charge from Harveys. I guess i could have refused to hand her over the card. So I just called to speak with the manager and left a message. I have a feeling that no one will return my call until I finally get a hold of them again. I dont have any proof that I paid cash but I guess I will have to prove that i also didnt sign a credit card slip as well. If you go, dont dont dont hand over any credit card and bring cash so you dont go through this. wish me luck all. sneaky suspicion
TERRIBLE SHOW and SERVICE. We decided to check out Harvey's and boy do we regret it. The service was maybe the worst we've ever experienced. Our waitress was never around and when she was; she was surly. That was annoying but what really made the evening a night to forget was the headliner Amy Schumer. We realize that Harvey's isn't an Improv and they give away a ton of free tickets but we expected much better. She needs stronger material versus relying on being the (almost) cute girl who tries to be edgy. Harvey's appears to be the only stand up comedy club in Portland so I guess we won't be seeing live stand up anytime soon!
Management is a nightmare!. Last night on Dec. 11 we brought in a group of 30 people, which we had let the management know we were coming in a big group and trying to make sure we would be able to sit together. A bit of a cattle roundup to get in the room, but we all made it in and together. We opted for not prime seating because they seemed disorganized and confused on where to seat us. We chose a area in the far back would work for us because we were all together. As the host was doing his small beginning act our friends from out of town were used as a piece of his act, she said something funny outloud about smoking. The host thought it was funny and kept using it in his act. At that point the female manager walked up to our friend and said you need to be quiet. At this point none of us knew any of this was going on, since its dark kinda hard to see. as the evening progressed and more food and drinks were being bought, beings we were 30 people Harveys was making a great deal of money off our free tickets. Our friend was approached again and was told needed to leave the facility because she was too loud and she needed to keep quiet. Our friend said, this is a comedy show???? are you serious! The female manager said I will call the cops on you! At this point we all started to get upset that our friend was being kicked out, then threatened with the cops being called? All she did was laugh and was loud at a comedy club? we all chose to get our things and leave during the main act, we were so sorry we had to leave while he was on and we understand that is so rude to do to a comedian. People around us were getting upset cause we were all getting up during the show, so they were upset and we were upset. Pretty much the most ridiculous thing! My husband went to the manager and said, What is the enviorment you are wanting to set for Harveys, she said for people to have a fun. My husband said isnt' laughing and being part of the act part of the enviorment harveys is wanting as a comedy club, she said people are suppose to have fun but be quiet at the same time. So I guess they want people to just sit there and stare and not laugh or have a good time. Over half of us work in the service industry and customer service. The management needs to handle things in a more appropriate manner, I would have loved to hear the call to the cops! this is Harveys and we need you to pick up a lady for being to loud and laughing at the comedy club!!!!!! Entire group is upset with Harveys and we will tell everyone to not support this business because of how we were all treated!
The night was a disaster..
I run a meetup group in the area, and one of our members received free tickets to the show for 16 members of our group. We all showed up 45 minutes early because we knew we needed to go in together to get in free. After waiting in the LONG line in the pouring rain, we were told that our tickets were not available. Naturally we were upset because we'd organized this event and had 16 people waiting in the rain, counting on getting in. The staff was unsympathetic and totally rude and unaccommodating. Our entire group was disgusted. Not one person at Harvey's acted like they cared or offered to do anything for us. We went from person to person only to be smirked at and sent away. One of our members was actually told "I don't want to hear it" by the staff member at the ticket window.
I have no idea if Harvey's is actually fun or not, or if their food is any good. I will not be giving them my business at any point in the future. I think that if you do bad business and have horrible customer service, people should tell everyone they can about it so that eventually it catches up with you.
Stay away from Harvey's!
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