by shoshana r. on
MJQ is pretty legendary with my friends in college (I just graduated) but I never made it there until a few weeks ago. Something about the idea of throngs of sweaty, dirty people spasming to the beat of repetitive music and a strobelight while a story or two underground didn't really appeal to me. Go figure. But I finally went, and what do you know: I really enjoyed it! Not because it wasn't what I just described, because it totally was. MJQ is a crazy all-night dance party with hit-or-miss music, dirty environs, no opportunity for a bathroom break (at least not one I'd risk) and many opportunities to get up-close-and-personal with strange-smelling strangers, but somehow it all the shadiness comes together to make for an awesome experience. Ten minutes into my first visit I wanted out immediately, but once I'd downed a beer or two I was going crazy on the dance floor and could suddenly appreciate what makes MJQ such a local institution. So now I can say without reservations that if you want an insane night of dancing, people-watching, (and some people-touching) and don't mind getting a little dirty, sweaty, or having your hair smell like PBR and cigarettes for DAYS after (no joke), then MJQ is the place for you. Trust me, you won't regret it.
by Mary Shillito on
Shimmy into Shine for some dancing, drinks, and an all around good time. How do they fit a bar, dance floor, tons of seating and a photo booth into this place? I don't know, but it works! There's even cushy bench seating around the dance floor for when your legs start to give out from all that boogeying. The bartenders were friendly and attentive, and I never had to wait long for service even when the place got busy. The drinks were strong and well priced. They even keep a pitcher of iced water and cups on the bar so you can rehydrate...for...more dancing of course! Everyone loved the photo booth in the back were you can poise with your friends....love the beast fur wallpaper lining the booth. My friend inquired about the big booths in the club. I guess you can sit there until the reservees come. Also, if you're so inclined, you can reserve the booth and then "buy" a mini fridge at the booth for a price ($200?). The mini-fridge is then stocked to your liking and for your party's consumption... I'll be back to get my Shine on soon!