Friday, February 22, 2013

Vintage Ultra Lounge closes, Club Detroit returns

Posted by on Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 11:49 AM

The crew at Vintage on their last night before closing.
  • Vintage Ultra Lounge
  • The crew at Vintage on their last night before closing.

After five years of slinging spirits and thumping tunes, Vintage Ultra Lounge in downtown St. Pete is closed. Last week, the crew was evicted from their current location at 16 Second St. N.

A post on Vintage's Facebook page read, "We regret to inform you, the rumors you may have heard about Vintage being evicted from our current location are true. The details are uncertain but what we do know is that Vintage will be RAGING all weekend long!" (And rage they did.)

Patrons and fans of the bar/club also used Facebook to share their stories and memories, good and bad, about the downtown spot.

"Tonight a LEGEND.... the spark that started the fire that is the downtown Saint Pete nightlife!!!!" wrote Josh Leal.

The end of one thing is the beginning of another. Vintage's Thursday night party moved to Push Ultra Lounge just around the corner; Club Detroit, a music venue that hosted a slew of notables — like Stone Temple Pilots — in the late 80s and early 90s, will return and take the place of Vintage.

"Downtown St. Pete's answer to Ybor's fabled Ritz Theatre (currently Masquerade), Club Detroit was a highly sought-after Pinellas County gig for local bands during the '80s and '90s. Great stage, great sound, and lots of big names packed the small but great room over the years. Scott Weiland staggered in front of Stone Temple Pilots there shortly before "Sex Type Thing" exploded, and an early Primus show was so crowded that folks were smashed against the venue's glass facade like those algae-eating aquarium fish," Eric Snider and CL contributor Scott Harrell wrote of Club Detroit in 2004.

Today the CL staffed also reminisced about some of the acts they saw at Club Detroit including Rancid, Primus (1988), Offspring (1994), Reverend Horton Heat, and the original lineup of Unsane.

According to a Rearden Killion press release, Club Detroit will get a total remodel including a new sound and lighting system. Renovations begin in early March with the opening slated for April.

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