This is an interesting article about a nightclub I've never heard of. The promoter sounds like a major-league douche. Anybody know anything about this club?
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Won't be there very long, based on past history of the location and my humble opinion of what they are trying to make it become.
Good luck and all...but big city mentalities in Ohio do not seem to last long.
Had to work events at clubs for years. Good luck to this dude--but if I paint with a broad brush with observations...
Dance/pop music clubs in general don't last long, even in the big cities. Most times, it isn't exactly the most "above the law" types that run them. They get in, cash in, and get out because if the place isn't run properly with a number of precautions, you just open yourself up to anal exams from various government agencies including:
a.) IRS (cash businesses don't pay taxes owed! Shocking...)
b.) Local police and, if something serious really goes down, the FBI (fun fun)
c.) DEA (do these dance freaks do ecstacy anywhere ELSE but one of these dance clubs? Maybe its just blow with the older crowd this guy wants)
d.) Liquor commission (for most clubs, fighting the amount of 16-20 year olds who have fake ID's is a non-stop threat to screw everything up. Fortunately for the clubs, the liquor commission operates on generous "tips"--wink-wink, nudge-nudge).
On the topic of crime....one of my friends is a police officer, and has served for a number of years. He loaths nightclubs. From his perspective they are major problems, as you deal with assults, date rapes, drug dealing, and more.
He states that many clubs operate on cash, so they are a popular location to do money laundering through.
Looks like your typical one-stop drug-dealing, date-rape, guido wanna be and money laundering facility.
Nightclubs are for cheesy places for cheesy people who think the epitome of style, success and hipness is defined by reality television programs.
Plenty of girls just want to go and dance to a good sound system, and that's exactly what lecherous promoters want-because the girls bring in the guys, and that brings in money.
Quick- Aside from Kip, name me one successful nightclub owner/promoter who's name can non-ironically appear in the same sentence as the words "integrity" and respectable."
Metropolis actually has a lot more class than most other Toledo nightlife establishments. It offers people an alternative to the classic "bar" scene.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but you should definitely experience something before you knock it.
that's a funny article. not sure why people are suggesting this place is a front for money laundering and date rape. from what I understand, it's a pretty cool place for what it is.
This is not a bad place, I've been once but it does face a few major challenges. First the location, I don't know what it is but nothing has stayed for very long there. (Dirty Martini Lounge anyone?)Second, as others have mentioned dance clubs just have not done well in Toledo.
It may look a bit nicer inside, but are they doing anything really special? From what I can tell the formula is still the same: Nice interior, super loud music, and a dress code. It will be the flavor of the month for a while, but unless they do something really different it wont last either.
Also The idea that it is a "a weekly experience in energy, networking and culture." is just humorous. Energy sure, but networking and culture??? Don't make me laugh, people go to clubs like this for one of two reason, Either they really like to dance or they are there to take someone home, and I would guess most are in the later.
Who knows? Maybe they really were trying to attract people interested in networking and culture? More upscale professionals that arenít just walking hot dogs and donuts. But if that is the case they would have to skew that way and I have no idea what it looks like or what kind of music they play.
You are right, my comments were unfounded, simply based on my experience as a bouncer in the 80's/90's. To be clear, I have NOT been to this place.
And hey, as long as the name is spelled correctly there's no such thing as bad press, right?
M e t r o p o l i s.
I have not been to this place either, but as I said in my comment I was painting with a broad brush.
I have worked in nightclubs and with nightclub personnel for over 15 years and this place would have to be the exception rather than the rule to some of the generalizations I and others have made.
I hope it is. I hope it ends up as a classy place that people want to go and hang out after a night at the theater or something. But I know that most likely that won't be the case.
I haven't been to the club yet, but I visited many times under its previous incarnations. Firstly, it is arguably one of the nicest clubs and also locations for a club in the area. The main room has a great setup... lots of lights, good layout, etc. and the patio and second floors add to that. It's one of only a couple places in town that feels like something you'd find in a big city. A backdrop of Toledo's skyline and the river just a few feet away makes it one-of-a-kind.
In a town with a huge number of sports bars and neighborhood-type bars, this club serves an important niche. Toledo is big enough to offer something that caters to clubgoers who want the big-city nightlife, yet not so big that there are a ton of places like this.
I haven't been to Metropolis yet, but the girls and I were planning on going on our next night out. We try to relive our party days once every few months. Last time, we went to Eclipse, which we discovered was a huge mistake. (See comments here)
When I go, I'll post here what it was like. Really though, I'm just happy to see someone trying to provide night life for Toledo, let's not call them date rapist money launderers yet. Try to be optimistic, Toledoans, I know it's difficult.
WB20XX - is that true that this is a Ken Pompora project?? Why would that guy even be allowed to open another business?
"Quick- Aside from Kip, name me one successful nightclub owner/promoter who's name can non-ironically appear in the same sentence as the words "integrity" and respectable.""
One name comes to mind, a former employer...and he posts here on occasion...Jim Avolt
Just because your name is not on the legal documents, does not mean you can't be involved in managemetn, consulting, etc for a fee. I think we would all be surprised to know who really ran certain establishments.