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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Club Night Review: Country Club at Cathedral Hill Hotel

Posted By on Thu, Nov 6, 2008 at 8:00 AM


Country Club at Cathedral Hill Hotel

Last Seen: November 2, 2008

Recurring Club Night: Bi-monthly starting Spring/Summer '09.

Notes by Crystal Akins

Photos by Hardy Wilson

Wedged between two days of rain, The Country Club managed to escape post-Halloween showers but not the dreary gray clouds that loomed above the outdoor pool party last Sunday at the Cathedral Hill Hotel.

Granted, San Francisco is notorious for its Indian Summers, but a pool party in November? I think it's safe to say the promoters were rolling the dice and the parties are better off in Miami where the idea originated.


"San Francisco is a weird beast, it's the largest, smallest city in the world because you go out and see the same people," explained promoter Jordan Langer. "It's a weird market to try and crack."


And it's true, San Francisco is dominated by smaller club nights with little or no cover charge, but Langer said the city has never seen a party like this (most likely because it's so cold).


The scene: an edgy, country club-theme equipped with badminton, croquet and preppy sweater vests with polos. Some of the DJs spinning on the decks included Sleazemore from Lights Down Low and Richie Panic from Frisco Disco, drawing in a solid hipster crowd.


At 4:18 p.m., I was sad to see that only one brave soul, a girl, briefly floated around the circular pool with a beach ball, but she mostly clung to the edge where she could talk to her friends so we weren't all staring at her.

When the swimmer finally got out, she scuttled across the cement for a towel and we still all stared at her. Upon asking the crowd why they weren't swimming, I received uniform answers like, "it's too cold," but really, I don't think hipster kids like to get wet; I imagine them melting like the wicked witch from "The Wizard of Oz." Bikini v. Fall outerwear ratio was probably 10:90.


A few stragglers from Halloween managed to put their hangovers aside to come out and play. The only costume I was able to readily identify was a girl with ski poles-- a skier. As the sun descended into the city skyline, the party moved inside the pool house where a dance floor, dated decor and furniture welcomed its drunk dancers where they rounded out the night.


The idea is cool. I'm just wondering if urban San Francisco will catch on and cling to the Sunday suburban-esque soiree. The cover charge varies according to the DJs spinning at the event. This month's cover was $12 compared to $5 last month. In the future you can expect: bi-monthly pool parties starting in Spring/Summer 2009 and the promoters will be stepping it up with barbecues.


Critic's Notebook:

Personal Bias: Bad weather and pool parties don't mix. It's like oil and water, yin and yang...I think you get it.

Random Detail: Killer views of Downtown were everywhere because the pool is on the 4th floor patio.

By the Way: Jordan Langer and Jeff Whitemore are cool dudes.


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