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Club Avalon, Boston
by Myrlin: 07-21-2001

Upon arriving in Boston and being ex Twilo heads, were unsure what to expect from Avalon. We were greeted by well-dressed bouncers at the door who checked our Ids and quickly told us to “Have a good time tonight” Thanking them for that bit of friendliness we entered through the guest list door.

Upon entering the 1st part of the club, there is a small coat check, a bar and an oxygen bar. Two friendly women manned the oxygen bar and they sold flavored oxygen at 9 dollars for 7 minutes. One of our companions decided to partake of this unusual option and the result was an added burst of energy for him and his companion to dance the night away.

The bathrooms were clean, large and very nice for a club. The ladies in our group commented on the fact the ladies room had couches, a bar and plenty of clean stalls…from there, the entrance to the main area of the club loomed.

The dance floor itself is a bit small if you are used to larger clubs but the atmosphere was fantastic. Inside is a plush large open area with bars surround ¾ of the place. Toward the back was a stage which seemed off limits, not sure why. Up top, a stairway led to the DJ booth area complete with a small lounge and a few couches.

The staff at Avalon is very friendly and quite courteous. We even spoke with several bouncers about the club itself, the fact they closed at 2 and what to expect. I must admit, a friendly vibe from the staff really goes a long way in enjoying your night.

The crowd was a tad bit older; a bit tame for my tastes yet lended to a respectable vibe for the trancy music to come. When we entered, Avalon resident Mike Whalen was spinning an opening set reminiscent of a Digweed warmup. He had a smooth tech house touch and even surprised me by dropping the Sander remix of “So Strong” The crowd was well behaved yet danced eagerly to the beats dropped down by Whale. We spoke to several groups of people to get a feel for the club and after a bit we let ourselves get into the rhythm of things.

Aside from the fact they close at 2….Not much bad can be said of Avalon. It’s a neat, friendly club with a very good sound system and a good vibe permeated the air. Surprisingly, being used to the oppressive heat of NYC clubs, I was cold most of the night. The air conditioning system is fantastic and even though it was packed, I wished I had brought a sweatshirt. Only annoyance were a few hoochies who thought they were God’s gift to the world. We did however, meet a very friendly fellow who let us sit in his reserved area for a short time to cool off. (Thanks again friend, you were gracious to us visitors)

I will be back in Boston for PVD along with many New Yorkers and its good to see that he will be playing in a good environment and a very nice club.

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