My husband and I finally made it to Standard Tap on Saturday. Expectations were high; and for the most part, justly so: Really liked the look of the place; service was good; food was outstanding. I had a heavenly black bass in a light wild mushroom-cream broth; he had soft-shelled crabs. Me, two glasses of wine; him, two glasses of stout. Bill: $53 -- great value for money. Can't praise the food enough.
Only one problem: the music was so loud we had to shout at each other across the table (as did everyone else in the place, obviously -- which added to the overall decibel level). Now, we didn't expect (or want) a hushed, genteel ambience -- it's Friday night in a neighborhood pub -- you want energy, good feeling, etc. But the music was sooooo loud -- really, really head-splittingly loud. We could not linger and, in spite of the superb food, will probably not go back. I'm not saying ST should change its act; clearly, they're doing lots of things right and are drawing a crowd. We were just disappointed because we wanted to love it and make it a regular destination -- but while it's many people's cup of tea, sadly, it isn't ours.
So, just wondering -- is this a problem for anyone else? Not just at ST, but in general? I noticed that Craig LeBan is now reporting on noise level -- where do the Chowhounds come down?