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Hard Rock Cafe - Been To Any?  
User currently offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 3986 posts, RR: 1
Posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3972 times:

Hard Rock Cafe

Personally I think it's a cool concept. I always have to visit one if there is one in town. Sometimes to eat, sometimes just to look and buy the T-shirt.


I've Been to:

HRC - Oslo
HRC - New York
HRC - Rio de Janeiro
HRC - Sydney
HRC - Bangkok
HRC - Phuket
HRC - Pattaya
HRC - Paris
HRC - Berlin
HRC - Munich
HRC - Amsterdam


Any place you wish there were one ?

Thought it was strange that there was'nt one in Auckland and that it took such a long time for Brussels to get one ( Opens this year )

[Edited 2012-08-19 03:53:46]

[Edited 2012-08-19 03:54:12]

62 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27106 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3964 times:

Been to the ones in Barcelona,Beirut,Dublin and London .

User currently offlinesccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5555 posts, RR: 28
Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3963 times:

They are modestly appealing, nothing special.

Had a friend, consulting gig in Paris for several months. Hard Rock was where he took a lot of meals, so he could avoid French food.

Avoid French food. Really.



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User currently offlinejpetekyxmd80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 4389 posts, RR: 27
Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3946 times:

Now that I think of it, nothing screams 'the 90s' like Hard Rock Cafe!


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User currently offlineCXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 3075 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3946 times:

Quoting Mortyman (Thread starter):
Thought it was strange that there was'nt one in Auckland and that it took such a long time for Brussels to get one ( Opens this year )

They seem to not do too well here. Melbourne closed, and for a while Sydney was going to go (permanently), but they reopened a new one recently. A lot of Hard Rock's have closed, but some of them do quite well.

I haven't kept track of the ones I've been at, but my older sister used to collect shot glasses from them, and she has a lot from all around the world. She didn't go to all of them, a few have been collected for her by friends.

-CXfirst



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User currently offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 3986 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3942 times:

Quoting jpetekyxmd80 (Reply 3):
Now that I think of it, nothing screams 'the 90s' like Hard Rock Cafe!

How come ? The first ones opened in the 70's ...


User currently offlinejpetekyxmd80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 4389 posts, RR: 27
Reply 6, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3936 times:

Well, maybe it's just my age, but it seems that was their heyday. I remember the big popularity of t-shirts and sweatshirts from various locations, seemed to be always the 'cool' place to go in a city. Last decade or so it feels like all these image factors have greatly diminished, and the same story with most chains in general. Still not as bad as the Planet Hollywood's fall. Not sure if that really pinpoints anything, but Hard Rock Cafe and Planet Hollywood just seem to remind me of the 90's so much.


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User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3771 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3930 times:

Quoting Mortyman (Reply 5):
How come ? The first ones opened in the 70's ...

Methinks he's referring to the revival that bad taste in general went through in the 90's.      

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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39906 posts, RR: 75
Reply 8, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3894 times:

I used to work at the one in San Francisco when it was located on Van Ness Bl.
At that time, there were a lot of hot babes that worked there in white miniskirts. Things went downhill when they started hiring male waiters, many with piercings tattoos and dreadlocks.
Today the place isn't anything special. Overpriced, bland food.

Quoting jpetekyxmd80 (Reply 6):
Well, maybe it's just my age


That just about sums it up.
Hard Rock Cafe's heyday was the 1980s.
For some reason today, their restaurants are much bigger and they have more locations but the restaurant it's self isn't anything special.

Quoting sccutler (Reply 2):
Avoid French food. Really.


Wow, that's nuts.
I did the same thing 3 months ago in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
After several failed attempts of finding good Malay food and being burning by a few rip off restaurants, I broke down and went to a Hard Rock Cafe near where I was staying.
Yea, yea I know they have good food there but I didn't have the time to do the research for authentic Malay food because my trip was last minute.


Hard Cafes I've been to:
Chicago
San Francisco
Los Angeles
Las Vegas
New York
Washington DC
Seattle
Vancouver
San Diego
Honolulu
Cancun
Hong Kong
Bangkok
Phuket
Pattaya
Singapore
Taipei
Kuala Lumpur
Moscow
San Juan



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User currently offlinetz757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2869 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3881 times:

I've only been to 2

Baltimore
New York City

Cool place, I like looking at all the memorabilia.



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User currently offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 3986 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3876 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 8):
piercings tattoos

Hm, would have thought that was very fitting for a place of rock ?


User currently offlineandz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8455 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days ago) and read 3855 times:
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I have quite a few of the obligatory white T shirts and a nice collection of guitar pins.

I have these from more than the ones I have been to though, friends have brought me memorabilia if I remembered to ask them.

There used to be a big one in Cape Town, I believe it was one of the largest (seating capacity) in the world. I remember having a bacon burger there and the patty was actually made from bacon, not the usual beefburger with a slice of bacon on top.

I've been to:
Barcelona
Cape Town
London
Dubai
Sydney
Newport Beach CA, which also had...

Quoting Superfly (Reply 8):
a lot of hot babes that worked there in white miniskirts.

they all seemed to be over 6ft tall too!



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User currently onlineaznmadsci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3679 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days ago) and read 3853 times:

I'm still a t-shirt collector and rarely eat at them. The ones I've been to are:

Houston
Dallas
Austin - Closed
San Antonio
New Orleans
Orlando
Nashville
Atlanta
Washington D.C.
Baltimore
New York City
Boston
Chicago
Seattle
Los Angeles
Las Vegas - Hotel
Las Vegas
Hollywood
Toronto
Toronto - Air Canada Centre
Montreal
San Francsico
San Diego
Phoenix
Denver
Salt Lake City
Honolulu
Maui
Guam
Hong Kong
Makati
Macau - Hotel
Bangkok
Singapore
Singapore - Changi
Sydney
London
Copenhagen
Dublin
Munich
Berlin
Paris
Rome
Amsterdam
Madrid
Barcelona
Lisbon

In a few weeks I'll have checked out the ones in Oslo and Stockholm. Also friends have gotten me shirts from Beirut and Dubai.



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User currently offlineSFBdude From United States of America, joined Apr 2011, 129 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3815 times:

I've only been to the one on City Walk here in Orlando. I can't really compare it to other locations as that's the only one I've been to but, I really enjoyed the design and layout of the place. That's usually where I go to eat as well anytime I go to the park and I always seem satisfied with the meal but I have low standards so take that for what its worth haha.

[Edited 2012-08-19 08:38:53]

User currently onlineaznmadsci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3679 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3789 times:

Quoting aznmadsci (Reply 12):
The ones I've been to are:

Houston
Dallas
Austin - Closed
San Antonio
New Orleans
Orlando
Nashville
Atlanta
Washington D.C.
Baltimore
New York City
Boston
Chicago
Seattle
Los Angeles
Las Vegas - Hotel
Las Vegas
Hollywood
Toronto
Toronto - Air Canada Centre
Montreal
San Francsico
San Diego
Phoenix
Denver
Salt Lake City
Honolulu
Maui
Guam
Hong Kong
Makati
Macau - Hotel
Bangkok
Singapore
Singapore - Changi
Sydney
London
Copenhagen
Dublin
Munich
Berlin
Paris
Rome
Amsterdam
Madrid
Barcelona
Lisbon

I did forget to add to my list these because I had to take a look at my t-shirt collection:

Niagara Falls - Canada
Niagara Falls - US
Kona
Cleveland
Biloxi
Buenos Aires
Cologne
Hamburg
Athens



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User currently offlineER757 From Cayman Islands, joined May 2005, 2558 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3778 times:

I'm actually wearing a t-shirt I got when i visited the one in the Cayman Islands as I type this. The only other one I've been to is Phoenix and have a sweatshirt from there. Nice collection of memorabilia at the one in PHX, but as some others have said, the food is altogether ordinary.

User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39906 posts, RR: 75
Reply 16, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3774 times:

Quoting Mortyman (Reply 10):
Hm, would have thought that was very fitting for a place of rock ?



The piercings & tattoo thing is a fad within the last 15 years.

Quoting andz (Reply 11):
they all seemed to be over 6ft tall too!


Not all of them. We had hot babes in all heights, shapes & sizes.

Quoting aznmadsci (Reply 14):
Kona


I forgot to list that one too.
I think I saw you there....

Quoting tz757300 (Reply 9):
I like looking at all the memorabilia.


Their 'memorabilia' is suspect. The Toronto location shows a cherry red Gibson ES-335 that was supposedly played by Alex Lifeson of Rush. I'm a diehard Rush fan and I know of every guitar Alex Lifeson has played throughout his entire career. He has never played that guitar. He has never played a cherry red Gibson ES-335 with dot neck and stop bridge. His have all been tobacco woodgrain sunburst or black and his ES-355 is white and all of them have trapezoid bridges and block inlay frets. I've seen other 'memorabilia' hanging up that isn't even authentic. Just posters that anyone could buy from a record store.
That said, they still have good tartar sauce.   



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User currently onlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7752 posts, RR: 18
Reply 17, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3768 times:

I've just been to the one here in PHX but I have a good friend who works at the one in Roppongi.

My buddy's band played at a battle-of-the-bands at the HRC PHX earlier this year and made it all the way to the regional finals before being cut by some band that sounds like Bieber. Pop music   



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User currently offlineAzoresLover From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 757 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3724 times:
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I've only been to one, and I haven't seen it mentioned yet in this thread by anyone...

Manila, Philippines.

It is in the Glorietta Shopping Center in Makati, the financial district of Manila.



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User currently offlinebabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3710 times:

I have no idea what people see in Hard Rock cafe these days. I'm actually surprised it is still going.

The last one I went to was in Disneyland Florida, or at least I think it was a Hard Rock. We found the loud music irritating and the staff forcing us to clap our hands or join in the show annoying.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39906 posts, RR: 75
Reply 20, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3705 times:

Quoting AzoresLover (Reply 18):
I've only been to one, and I haven't seen it mentioned yet in this thread by anyone...

Manila, Philippines.

It is in the Glorietta Shopping Center in Makati, the financial district of Manila.




My initial plan was to visit Makati but do to a change of plans, I missed out. I spend most of my time outside of Manila.

Quoting babybus (Reply 19):
We found the loud music irritating and the staff forcing us to clap our hands or join in the show annoying.


That sounds obnoxious.



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User currently offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 3986 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3702 times:

Quoting babybus (Reply 19):
The last one I went to was in Disneyland Florida, or at least I think it was a Hard Rock. We found the loud music irritating and the staff forcing us to clap our hands or join in the show annoying.

Is there a Hard Rock Cafe in Disney World ? I know there is in Orlando. But in the park itself ? Did'nt think so ...


User currently offlinetype-rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3685 times:

Quoting babybus (Reply 19):
The last one I went to was in Disneyland Florida, or at least I think it was a Hard Rock. We found the loud music irritating and the staff forcing us to clap our hands or join in the show annoying.

That sounds more like something that would happen on a Disney property, remember it's the "Happiest Place on Earth"!   


User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 23, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3671 times:

The ones I've been to:

San Francisco
Honolulu
Phoenix
Seattle
Denver
San Diego - restaurant
San Diego - hotel
Minneapolis

[Edited 2012-08-19 14:02:03]


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User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8322 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3670 times:

I went to the New York HRC back in the 80s when they were really hot. The line for the T-Shirt store was as long as the one to actually eat. I was on a business trip with another guy and we went there to eat lunch. And to buy both my kids a T-Shirt.

I've also been to the one in LA - not bad, not great.

And have walked by the one in Hong Kong more than a few times.

One interesting point: back in the 80s the store part was one of the highest selling retailers in the country - per square foot. They were blowing Tiffany's away on a per square foot basis.


25 Aloha717200 : I've been to a couple. They're okay. The food is better than Planet Hollywood, for sure.
26 aznmadsci : It's actually Hard Rock Makati in Metro Manila. The last time I went it was part of the Universal Theater Parks and they had a sizable concert venue.
27 kiwiinoz : I have worked before for for company that owned a couple of cafes and a hotel under franchise. The concept is quite good, and despite the whole "rock"
28 NASCARAirforce : A lot of the Hard Rock Cafe/Casinos are now owned by the Seminole Tribe. I was collecting the guitar pins at different ones I been to for a while. I n
29 go3team : San Francisco (got a parking ticket right out front) Memphis Gatlinburg London Copenhagen Amsterdam
30 Post contains images travelavnut : What's so special about them?! It's just a generic american hamburger joint right? What?! That's the only redeeming quality of the French!
31 bongodog1964 : Disney is most definitely a "Hard Rock free zone" Universal Citywalk yes, Disney no. The seminole tribe own the entire franchise which they bought fr
32 Post contains images MIAspotter : My friend also collects those shotglasses and I have contributed greatly to that collection LOL. The ones I´ve been (just to buy the darn shot glass
33 STT757 : I've been to: San Juan St. Thomas Orlando New York (original location) New York (current location, Times Square) La Jolla Cancun I've also been to the
34 B777LRF : Well, outside the US HRC still offers some of the best burgers available, and if it's a burger I'm wanting for it'll quite often be HRC I'm headed to.
35 L1011 : I recently went to the one in Los Angeles next to Grauman's Chinese Theatre, mainly because I was looking for someplace to eat dinner, and it was ther
36 LMP737 : I've found them to have over priced food of mediocre quality.
37 Post contains links AirframeAS : That was Planet Hollywood, not Hard Rock Cafe. http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/planet-hollywood/ The quality of food was great back in 1997 w
38 amigocharlie : Been to: Amsterdam Bangkok Bali Berlin Boston Chicago Copenhagen Cologne Dublin Edinburgh Gothenburg Hollywood Hollywood FL Hong Kong Key West Lisbon
39 Superfly : That was our reaction the first time we ate at one in Chicago back in 1983. Yet people including myself kept coming back. Correction folks. I have no
40 ozglobal : I think it's sad to travel to new and different places only to seek out the generic, the familiar and the second hand. I can't think of many places I
41 Post contains images Superfly : I once met a girl that insisted on going to a Jillian's (trendy sports bar chain) in every city she went to and she was insisting that I take her to
42 canoecarrier : Where was the original HRC in Seattle? I've been here since 2001 and I don't remember it being here then. They just recently opened another one a blo
43 AirPacific747 : Just went to one none of you have been to so far: Hurghada, Egypt
44 ozglobal : Exactly what I said: it's one of the worst.
45 darthluke12694 : I've been to the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City. I went there on Veteran's Day and they served me and hundreds of other high school marching band mem
46 Mortyman : Oh, I agree. But it does'nt mean I can't enjoy a hamburger now and then ...
47 Post contains links AirframeAS : There was a Planet Hollywood on 6th and Pike (next to Niketown where the Levi's Store is now) in the mid 90's till it shut down in 2001. The original
48 bestwestern : I've been to the Hard Rock Cafe in Beijing. Really terrible food, poor service, poor band, and riddled with hookers.
49 AirframeAS : Oh, there is some sort of sushi bar there now. The original stairwell is still there and the restrooms are exactly the same way Planet Hollywood left
50 aa757first : The only one I've ever been to was in India. It was the only place we could find beef hamburgers during our twenty week stay.
51 cedarjet : Only three - London, New York and Beirut (where there's two - I went to the one in the west of the city, Hamra-ish). The NY one was quite recently and
52 voodoo : Went to one, once. Reykjavik in 1991. It's closed now.
53 bongo : Medellin (which is really close to my house!) Bogota Cartagena Miami Orlando Atlanta Just to name a few, I think I´ve been in some others but can´t
54 N174UA : For a while, I collected (myself and from others) the double-shot glasses, and then the city-themed t-shirts. Early on, the shirts were of good quali
55 AirframeAS : According to the HRC website, looks like they are closed indeed. The only stores that are open for HRC is Honolulu and Maui. I wonder why they closed
56 AirframeAS : Add New York, NY to the list. But this was in 1989....barely remember it but I know we made a stop there because my mom wanted a shirt from that loca
57 canoecarrier : I get that the original PH was over in the Pike and Pine area, I just misread your original post and thought you said that there was previously a HRC
58 AirframeAS : It was only open for 6 years. It was sad, really. But it was packed when I was employed there in 1997. It was a great joint, but it wasn't making mon
59 Post contains images allrite : That's the only Hard Rock Cafe I've ever visited, but it wasn't out of choice. The local in-laws took us there, while my wife and I just wanted good
60 Continental : In order... Prague Minneapolis (closed last fall) Venice Florence
61 CaliAtenza : HRC-Bengaluru HRC-Hyderbad In my view, at least in India, the restaurants are nice but horribly overpiced. The food isnt that great anymore either. In
62 Superfly : Me too. I had been burned twice and gave up and settled on Hard Rock Cafe. I had went to a Malay restaurant earlier and had an awful tasting fish tha
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