How Does The Buffalo Club Scene Compare With Other Cities?
Buffalo has been pretty cold lately, and I can’t say I’m a fan of winter weather. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to head down south last weekend for the wedding of former WBLK mix show DJ and Fix Your Face affiliate, DJ Noodles. The wedding weekend celebration was also combined with my favorite holiday…my Birthday- something I’ve never been known to take lightly. Needless to say, fresh off the plane, we did things right in true Fix Your Face fashion at Club Skye on Friday night!
I had a great time hanging out with friends and celebrating, but every place I travel is a learning experience for me. I couldn’t help but notice that Tampa nightlife is significantly different from what we experience here in Buffalo each weekend.
We kicked off Friday night at Club Skye in Ybor City (Tampa’s entertainment district) where DJ Noodles holds a residency and live to air slot alongside DJ Christion. Right off the jump I noticed cover is more expensive than anywhere in Buffalo (not that we paid cover, shouts to being on the list and Birthday Bottle Service!) But for real, in Buffalo $10 is standard, increasing for special events; down there cover for a regular night is $20. VIP/ guest list is also taken more seriously (VIP has a totally separate entrance into the club).
We hit the bar immediately- you think its rough paying $6 for a Ciroc drink in the 716? Try $10. We bought bottles and headed to the booth/ adjacent VIP to check the crowd and watch Noodles and Christion do their thing. All VIP areas of the club are upstairs, looking down on a second and third bar, and massive open dance floor; it definitely gave a private and exclusive feel but still allowed for participation -since you can see the whole crowd below.
It was great to get out of Buffalo and see something different as far as DJ style goes, they have a very different technical style compared to DJ’s in Buffalo, they also have their own chants and very crowd interactive call and response, with that being said, Tampa gets it in! The crowd stayed moving nonstop from 11-3, I also noticed the support of local artists/records and Djs is out of control down there compared to Buffalo. The crowd reacts to local records unlike Buffalo, where a lot of local music doesn’t get a second look in the club.
A few bottles of Ciroc, Moet and a few hundred dollars later it was a wrap. The pre wedding/ Birthday bash left me feeling a little less than awesome the next day, my saving grace before the rehearsal dinner was Chik-Fil-a (if you know me, I’m a sucker for fast food spots we don’t have in Buffalo). Someone from down south send me a number 2 STAT!