The bar The club

By Shannon King
October 10, 2002

Angelina Wagner

Shannon King

Everyone’s seen the ad in Loquitur that depicts a man with a nametag that reads, “Hello my name is Skeeve.” There have been nights when I have actually looked for similar nametags on people in the clubs.

It’s pretty sad when you have to have a plan to save your roommate from such people who are old enough to be your father. I would prefer hanging out in a bar such as Brownies or Barnaby’s, to a crowded “skeeve” infested club. These people may come up to you in a bar and try to talk to you, but at least you can pretend the music’s too loud and you can’t hear them. In a club where you’re already dancing, there is no escape.

Some better places to go are places like Bootleggers, Brownies, and others where there is a live band and you have a few options as to what to do while you’re there. Bootleggers has a deck where you can talk and enjoy your Miller Lite if you just want to relax. They also have pool tables if you want to take on a friendly game. Brownies has a second floor where you can stay out of the more crowded first floor and also has pool tables. On the other hand, if you’re interested in hearing some up-and-coming bands and dancing a little bit, you have that option, too.

Most of these places could be considered clubish bars, but at least you can still have a good time at them if you’re not in the mood to dance. There is another down side to clubs that many people may not think about. If you are planning on going out during an underage night, be prepared to be surrounded by high school students and not people your own age.

The bar scene definitely has advantages over the clubs. Clubs are good for dancing, but bars provide everything from pool tables, live bands and mechanical bulls to keep you entertained.

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There’s something about middle-aged alcoholics seeking extramarital escapades that deters me from entering the bar environment. I don’t want to spend my night out avoiding old-head perverts, barroom brawls and the occasional shoot-out.

I’d much rather go to a club where I not only have the benefit of the bar – the alcohol – but I also get to dance and frivolously flirt with guys.

Even if there is an underage night, like at Adrenaline, those over the age of 21 are given pink bracelets for the bar. Not only does this provide the drinking privilege, but it also serves as a caution sign for the young bucks.

Another benefit to going to the club instead of the bar is that the overexertion from dancing so much causes you to sweat out the alcohol, therefore leaving you not as drunk at the end of the night.

Even if you don’t enjoy dancing, just stand against the wall. Beleive me, you won’t be the only one. Some clubs now have seating for such wallflowers. Palmer’s Social Club has couches running along the walls around their three dance floors. Club Flow also features comfy sofas for those who only come to profile.

The one main advantage I see to attending the club over the bar is the likeliness to casually bump into a celebrity. Sure, you can enjoy local bands performing at local bars, but what about the many concerts held at Chrome Night Club, Transit or Egypt with big-name performers?

With the club, even if you don’t have money, there’s always “the let out.” Just stand outside at 2 a.m., act like you were in the club and rack up some numbers (mostly a guy thing). There is no way I am going to spend time getting dressed just to waste money sitting on a bar stool all night with people blowing cigarette smoke in my face.

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