21-Jun-2021 (Mon)
Wherein we did the thing

Our opening weekend was amazing! All of the events were really fun, and packed. It's nice to be back.

The thing that struck me most about our Friday night re-opening party, Turbo Drive, was that it wasn't the usual Turbo Drive crowd. I got the impression that a lot of people said to themselves, "I don't know what synthwave is, but I'm going anyway." And they stuck around, too! Also they all dressed up, but everyone dressed up for a different party. Here's a girl dressed for the symphony, here's a guy dressed for a punk show in 1977, here's Lara Croft swing dancing with Snake Plissken.

I very much hope that this wasn't a one-off and that people hold on to that attitude: "I don't know what this is, but let's check it out anyway". Nature is healing and you are allowed to try new things.

Then Saturday, we had three events: the early show was Hubba Hubba Revue, followed by Bootie in the main room and Lower Underground in Above DNA. The audiences for these parties were more traditional; it was the usual Hubba, Bootie and dubstep/rave crowds, but, there were nearly twice as many of them as in the Before Times, which was awesome.

I had wondered whether people would stil be skittish about being in crowds, and the answer to that is, NOPE. They were happy being absolutely packed in, sweating all over each other. Though all our staff are still wearing masks, I'd say that less than 1% of the customers were. No soft re-entry here: they have embraced the Full Florida.

I also very much expected to see some people getting seriously sloppy by about 1am, since everyone is out of practice at drinking in public, but nope again: they mostly held their shit together pretty well! Good form, SF.

Our crew were all pretty exhausted by the end. It's going to take a little while to get our sea legs back. And also we are still hiring -- bartenders, security, restaurant and floor. Email jobs@dnalounge.com.

Tonight: The Return of Death Guild! Bereft (I am reliably informed) in deathly bloom.

10 Responses:

  1. Gilbert says:

    Kind of almost sounds like you'd want to have a "We're Not Telling You What Sort Of Party This Is" event, just to see what people arrive dressed as.

  2. Erin M says:

    Welcome back!!!

  3. Dude says:

    Hubba Hubba was a blast!

    I will admit: even though I'm fully-vaxxed (and brought my card in a lanyard hanging under my shirt, in case proof was requested), I was taken aback by so many folks not wearing masks, as I kept mine on the entire time, (bless you folks and your paper-straws-that-easily-fit-under-a-mask).

    Still, the show was fun. The staff were all great as I ordered more Red Deaths than I've had in the parklet all year. I hope you've hired more by the time I'm there again - likely still wearing a mask.

    All in all, it was great to be back at The Lounge.

  4. Elusis says:

    Well done, everybody! Well done. Keep up the good work, Bay Area folks.

    • Jim says:

      The only way I dressed up was with a mask. If I had thought about it before I left I would have worn long pants, closed toe shoes, and at least a button down shirt. And two masks.

      But at least I got to see Jamie and Violet, and have delicious pizza. And I got to see so many fun costumes, and tell them about Project Foghorn and U#.

  5. Leonardo Herrera says:

    Hey, I'm rooting for you, as any proper jwz fanboy from over 20 years back should do.

  6. Jim says:

    For Bootie on the 10th, should we submit mashups that sound great but look terrible on video?

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