Santa Monica, California
April 6, 2001
After passing the coat check ($2 per item), you'll hit the bar and some couches. In the back room, there's a great area where you can lounge on these velvet pillow things. Kick off your shoes, stretch out and even take a little nap, or if you're one of those affectionate couples, cuddle up with your honey and go at it. (Actually, I'm just kidding about that last part. Please don't make out in public! It's disgusting for those of us who have to witness it, but it seems to happen a lot in that back room.)
Downstairs is the dance area which opens at 11pm. The dance floor is small and the music is mixed. When I first started going to Venue 3 years ago, the music was great and I danced 'til the place shut down, but lately, I haven't been so impressed with the DJ-ing. For those of you who don't want to dance, there are a few velvety couches down there for you to sit on and you can stare at the many lava lamps that decorate the place if no one on the dance floor catches your fancy. There's also a small bar downstairs so that you can keep your blood alcohol level at its maximum!
The crowd has changed over the years. It used to be preppier and a spot for Columbia parties, but, these days, it attracts a good mix of people.
From journal Late Night New York