Surprisingly, with no notice, the new club Vibe located on Las Olas in downtown Ft. Lauderdale opened to the public on Wednesday, sort of. After months of being draped in shockingly tall black screens on the corner of Southeast 3rd Ave. and Las Olas, Vibe finally had its soft-opening. Brought to you by the creators of YOLO, and immediately adjacent to YOLO, the outside unsurprisingly has a very YOLO-esque fire pit (this one rectangular, with brick painted white), to bring the total number of fire pits in that plaza to two. The door man checking his guest list on his iPad, which is apparently good for making lists, said the hard-opening is on Friday, sans list. But Wednesday night, despite the list, he graciously let this FTLC correspondent inside despite my icon not popping up on his tiny computer.
Having come from free-drink heaven at YOLO’s ladies’ night, I expected expensive drinks at this new club, but upon ordering a Miller Lite and a white wine spritzer for my friend, it was all free! Ahh…Wednesdays. Ahh…soft-opening at a new club. That’s what she said. Anyway, I’m classy so I poured my beer in a glass.
Decor…the walls are white and lumpy. Upon closer inspection those lumps (sorry Fergie) are…butts! And boobs! Although honestly, the boobs seemed a bit subtle for Las Olas…again, classy. Regardless, it looks damn cool. Sidenote, that enormous butt in the picture accompanying this article is outside…inside the butts are smaller, or at least the ones on the wall.
Vibe has a stage-ish area for live music next to the dj booth. A live flamenco band (with a booty-shaking dancer) played until sound issues almost-immediately ended their set, never to return. Here’s hoping that going forward the sound is fixed and we get some good live music downtown. You never know.
One interesting fact: no mirrors in the bathrooms. Surely this aggression against all Las Olas is about cannot stand. I am confident Vibe will obtain mirrors.
Overall Vibe: promising.
– Guest Writer Twisted Blond