by kevin d. on
There are a lot of variables that can make your night a good or a bad one here. Lines can suck for both the door and the bathroom. If your not there by 10:30, be prepared to wait...possibly for a long, long time. However, the music is almost always a solid bet. Great d.j.'s in an easy to dance atmosphere. Usually has a decent ration of guys to girls. Vibe is friendly and crowd is relatively intelligent, but trendy. I'm not much of a dancer, but this is one of the few places I'll go dancing in Boston.
by Anitra Guijarro on
Yes it's a cool, creative venue-it exemplifies the "Brooklyn warehouse party'." One part burning man, one part rave, one part underground circus show. But the New Years Eve party was incredibly irresponsible and wound up ruining a hell of a lot of peoples' nights. It was so crowded that it was not fun and it was kinda dangerous. The fire department showed up and cops shut it down. We had been there less than an hour. It find it highly objectionable that the people putting this on (or the people they paid) all hung out at the entrance collecting a very steep $30 cover, but had NO ONE doing crowd control. Even after it was so crowded that you literally couldn't move and the masses started shoving each other down the organizers kept funneling people in. You couldn't dance or even raise your arms. Not fun. And honestly it WAS A DEATH TRAP! All those decorations, curtains, and do it your self loft build outs are very flammable. There were a bunch of narrow corridors and bottlenecks were it took 10 minutes to go 30 feet. People were encouraged to smoke not only *ahem* herbs but cigarettes inside of large pieces of installation art and obscured nooks. There were electrical wires, overloaded power bars and shoddy lights everywhere. Even though they appeared to have a sprinkler system had there been a fire, even a small one, there would have been a stampede. There is no doubt in my mind that people would have been trampled to death in the event of a perceived emergency. Even something as small as a fistfight would have gotten a bunch of people hurt. I've been to plenty of underground parties and raves that were illegally overcrowded and "unsafe," I usually don't care-whatever fun is fun. But Rubulad was dangerous enough that I have to say I'm kind of relieved the authorities stepped in. I haven't been in a venue that overcrowded in years. If this joint had any kind of crowd control I would give it 5 stars Considering this was heavily advertised and that Rubulad events have been going on for years the organizers should have known better. At the very least maybe offer a refund, I feel cheated.