by kajwhdiu a. on
Garbage place, ridiculously over priced, cheap water-downed drinks, bad service, and cheesy music. ANYONE would be better off downing a bottle of cheap vodka in the back of a smelly truck with 3 sweaty beasts then stepping foot inside this joke of a "club and lounge"
by Sarah C. on
Came here to watch the England vs. USA world cup match. We got there early and got a booth that was close to the big screens. It is three different screens stuck together. Which I am glad they did seeing how all these ANNOYING people just stand right in front of the screen blocking people who are actually ordering food from watching! It would have been better if we got a table that was right in front of a smaller hd screen. The food was alright. It wasn't that memorable and it was all kind of pricy. The bathrooms was nice and I never had to stand in line.
by Leonida Deboard on
Architecture and interior design tells us a lot about the person who owns or rents the space. Based on these and other clues, I'm convinced that he (no woman could ever be this pretentious) is a Borat-like personality entirely composed of every cliché that can be harvested from a lifetime of reading men's magazines in a desperate attempt to find new ways to 'get laid by hot chicks' (to paraphrase) - this is the man who is running every dance club in Atlanta, and Opera is his masterpiece. Maybe we should start with the actual definition of VIP. Originally, VIP was a status you earned, STATUS. Status is not and never will be attainable purely by money spent. Over the years, this status has dissolved into being sent over to a slightly 'better' part of a club, which you can reserve beforehand with a phone call and a credit card. In this age, authentic = luxe, and if I were a real VIP, I would find Opera's (and all the other clubs out there who follow suit) idea of "VIP" an insulting joke. I wonder how it feels to be a club owner who spends more money fixing up one-night-players and then suddenly he's entertaining a true VIP. What do you have to give this person? Do you have anything special on reserve for them? If you mistakenly walk into 'restricted areas', (aka "VIP") you have to deal with a condescending "bouncer" jumping on you as if you were scheming up a way to get into this apparently deeply coveted territory. BTW, I don't really care about your fake VIP - I came here to dance, not sit around guzzling grey goose. Here's a novel idea: employ security capable of communicating with your patrons courteously while doing their job of keeping everyone safe. I don't care how much money you spend on lighting and weak interior design, if your staff doesn't represent, then the (albeit veneer-thin) image falls apart. The point of security should be for the same point as everything else: so we can HAVE FUN! I can go to the Masq or MJQ and get courteous, prompt bar service with a reasonable wait time - even when the place is packed. At Opera, it takes 5-10 minutes for a BEER. I gave up on mixed drinks here last time. Tips have no positive influence. Layout is odd, also the place is so spacious that the acoustics seem to negatively effect the sound. Some nights, if the DJ isn't super popular, the dance floor is awkwardly sparse. When the club is packed, (just like compound) you have the wallpaper and bar trolls creating an impenetrable cluster that eventually begins to disrupt areas where people are trying to move their bodies around in time with music (aka dancing). The best area to dance is coincidentally the area that people who just got their drinks like to travel through. Lots of milling about, lots of opportunities to spill drinks on yourself/others. I don't care how much it costs or what the place looks like, I just don't want it to suck. I want good music, a drink in my hand and a place to dance with all my friends. Take some time off of your VIP crap and create an experience. I wonder if Atlanta will ever have a real dance club again? Maybe the next future club owner reads these reviews and finds out what we're looking for. Seriously, instead of making something for yourself, try to think about what the folks on the dance floor want. (other than black-on-black striped shirts from Banana Republic and flashy liquor bottles to decorate their dorm rooms with.) I still really want to keep dancing in atlanta, so here's a list of what we want: + a dance floor space that brings the crowd together so we can feel like a mindless mob/orgy/riot - we are seeking a singularity. That is what you need to understand when you design this space. + no indoor smoking - but an awesome outdoor area with well-planned traffic setup so that smokers can grab a puff when they need it without having to battle the flow of traffic. + high-budget sound system with tens of thousands of watts of bass and midtones that vibrate our body cavities and genitals - without so much treble that our ears hurt for three days after the event. (treble = cheap volume) + a huge bar staffed by professionals, capable of serving us from a decent selection in a timely manner. + bring in world class DJs that are actually good - like Steve Aoki, for instance. + please help us make atlanta a destination for more electronic musicians who prefer to pass our city because we are known to have some of the crappiest clubs in the country.