Sunday, November 22, 2015

Club Reports: Universal CityWALK

It only rains late at night in Orlando when a cold front is passing through and such was the case last night.  So it was a good night not to go downtown.  It was a great night to go to CityWALK.  It's also a great opportunity to update you on the various club options here.
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville is primarily a restaurant at CityWALK however it does gain a club aspect later at night.
Live band plays Rock hits and Oldies.
Although with just one couple dancing last night and just a handful in the building, the band was calling "last song" at 12:40AM.  It's usually much more crowded on weekends.
Bob Marley's is another venue at CityWALK with a live band.
Set in a Caribbean-style courtyard, the open-air venue is impacted on these rare rainy nights so while the band played Reggae, no one could dance.
And those on hand remained sequestered.
The Orlando branch of New Orleans-based Pat O'Brien's is located at CityWALK.
One section is outdoors and could not open last night.  They often have a DJ out here playing Top 40 hits.
Inside the most popular option is this large room offering dueling pianos.  It's a great place to get your singing in without the spotlight of karaoke.
Latin Quarter is gone, replaced with Antojitos.  But other than occasional private events, DJ's no longer spin here.
There is always a line for frozen concoctions at Fat Tuesday!
The Groove remains CityWALK's primary dance club!
Saturday night resident DJ M-Squared in the booth.
Big crowd on hand on the dance floor although the upstairs was closed last night.
Virtually no EDM in here but the peeps don't care.
M-Squared was all over the place though. His selections bounced around from "Push It", "I Like The Way You Move" and "Billy Jean" to "Booty Bounce", "Drop It Like It's Hot" and "Back That Ass Up"!
Yes, this guy was doing the Robot and yes he had a tail, lol.
He did give me Calvin Harris' "Summer" and DJ Snake's "Turn Down For What"!
You can never go wrong with Go Go girls!
Sources tell me that they're going to try out a few new things at TG in 2016 so stay tuned!
Red Coconut Club is another dancing option.
DJ Leony (USA) in the perch here on Thursday & Saturday nights!
While not super-packed as it often is, it was definitely crowded!
Mostly various genres of Latin music including Reggaeton, Leony's famous EDM sets are intermixed too!
After Mannequins closed, my discovery of DJ Leony, who had a weekly EDM mix show on Air BPM on XM Satellite Radio, allowed me to survive those sad times!
You can hear his Electrohouse-packed show Passport To Dance on Saturday nights at 10PM EST (0300 GMT) on RadioDanz as well as directly on his website here!
Spotted on the dance floor: Disco Duke from 8TRAX.
Always fun times at RCC!
Last stop of the night, Rising Star.
To me the fun at RS happens between Karaoke sets when the DJ spins dance music.....
.....and the audience gets out of their chairs and up onto the dance floor!
Out of their seats for "It's Getting Hot In Here"!
And the "Cha Cha Slide"!
The CityWALK Party Pass gets you into all clubs for just $12.77.  A good time was had by all!


Anonymous said...

Yes! Go go girl!

Anonymous said...

You can never go wrong!

Anonymous said...

Ya know, I really cant handle Citywalk. Rooms sound so different each weekend. Red Coco used to sound great. Not now, all the low end gone. I like the groove but I loved it even better w head line DJ's who could pack the house. Even on rainy nights!!

KingBob said...

CityWalk refreshed The Groove in 2013/14 with improved lighting effects, sound, video enhancements and spraydowns/confetti drops. Hoping whatever they do in 2016 reinvigorates the place even further. Was a big fan of the occasional guest visits by Tampa's DJ Mondo and DJ Tone and their mostly EDM sets. Of course, Mondo is now in Las Vegas opening for the likes of Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki and Tiësto!