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Liquid Room Can Get Back To Squirting Booze


So as it turns out–though not reported anywhere else–Liquid Room, in downtown Wilmington, did not actually serve any alcohol to the young lady who died from DUI on January 4th. Video evidence may prove this. So after all the hoopla reported (even by this magazine), the bar may get its permit to operate again. After months of lost revenue and bad publicity, the bar may be able to be the hotspot it once was. The rush to judgement is a troubling sign for other bars who may fall under the wrath of the beefed up ALE and ABC, the two branches of state government that are charged with fairly distributing judgement in the matter of alcohol beverage licenses.

In order to save face, ALE and ABC are still insinuating that Liquid Room contributed to the death of Marjorie Jean Whitney.


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Where NOT To Drink In Downtown Wilmington: The Liquid Room



Because you can’t! 

Desperate to get themselves out of the glare of the spotlight for running a corrupt and antiquated system of alcohol control, the ABC system this week went on a headhunting mission and swiftly revoked the permit for famed underage meat market Liquid Room. The incident that involved a teenager gaining access, drinking past the legal limit, driving home, and killing herself in a wreck was the final straw for the ABC. This could not have come at a better time for the ABC, since they were able to turn from goat to hero with one swift action. They have also teamed up with the city to ensure that no other permits are approved for any new bar. 

Underaged drinking is nothing new, but we can only hope that a lesson will be learned here by the drinking and driving morons and anyone who owns a bar in town. You are both responsible for everything that happens in your place. If you are hungry for money, or want to hook up your friends, you may all go down the highway to hell and be out of jobs.


The resulting lawsuit from this case may effectively sink the Liquid Room, which is now under new management. Maybe they should now name it the Marjorie Jean Whitney Memorial Ball Room and serve fruit juices and sodas to everyone. At any rate, whether she did it to herself, whether she was helped along by the bar, or whether it was Darwin’s theories at work does not change the fact that a young woman is dead and it could have been avoided at several stages. 

Let’s take a look at this promotional snippet: 

“College Drinks at College Prices!!  The premier nightclub of Downtown Wilmington. Chill downstairs bar or dance club upstairs. Ladies are always free with a great selection of daily drink specials.  – $2 Tuesdays: everything two dollars! – Thirsty Thursdays where beers and select liquors are only $1.” 

Hey, wait a minute. Those are nice prices. Let’s get this place back open soon! Just help them keep out the drunk underagers!

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Where To Drink And Hear Live Music In Downtown Wilmington:Diesel


The former Marrz nightclub got a makeover last year, and the new venue, called Diesel is a great place to hear live music in downtown Wilmington. When there are shows, the acoustics are pretty good. Unfortunately, in this economy, booking bands is not the money-making venture that it once was, so you will probably have to settle for the nightclub feel when you roll in there. That feel leans toward the dancing and clubbing atmosphere that other clubs in the area already provide.

You can attend Doucebag Thursdays, where amateur fighters get to pummel each other for you enjoyment. “Hey. What’s up. I’ve never fought before. Can I fight someone? OK. Thanks. My name? Mike Tyso…I mean Micheal Tymonsongren.”

Fridays are for live music, and Saturdays are for DJ dancing. The crowd is a nice mix of college and downtown partygoers. Note the door policy, which is not at all different from the other downtown dance venues, but still always funny:

– No do-rags, beanies or bandanas ( So the Pope is not welcome either? That’s a good thing with all those young men running around.)

– No work boots, bare feet, ripped or torn shoes (What about romper-stomper Doc Martens?)

– Smart casual attire preferred (Preferred, but optional. What about stupid clothes, like a dress that doesn’t quite fit or a dress shirt that does not complement your tan?)

– No athletic jerseys, sleeveless shirts, tank tops (males)  ( So Snookie can show up? Please add Boston Red Sox hats to this list. Please.)

– No ripped or torn clothing ( What if Jean Paul Gaultier personally ripped them and signed them; that would make them priceless and would command the yearly salary of the bartender at auction.)
 – No club/gang related colors or camo ( What if your gang happens to wear pink pop-collared shirts and khaki pants. Everyone knows that is the largest gang in town that deals the most drugs, resulting in the most crime.)

All joking aside, Diesel was a lot of fun…to rip on. We did not get to enjoy the VIP area because who wants to be cooped up there with superdouches when most of the hot people are in the main area–and we were out of cash by that point of the night. The night we were there seemed to be a toolkit night, but it was nice to see that a few brothers have learned how to adapt to the downtown dress code and were getting busy with the polar bears on the dance floor.

 The place is smart enough not to be open every night and lose money on the light bill during the week. So go there for a Corona a little after midnight, see if it fits your taste, pick your polar bear or skinny puppy and head to somewhere less annoying, like the Holiday Inn. There’s a nice little quiet spot on the back at the end of the bar where you can hear yourself (and your prospect). If you can spend more than an hour in a this poorly named joint, you are very desperate or you are trying to sober up for the drive home.

Seriously, if you name your spot Diesel there had better be girls fire shooting out of their pussies on stage, not this tepid shit. Just sayin’. As always experience this “exclusive” rat trap for yourself and let us know.

 Mark Sinclair Vincent…Out!

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Where To Drink In Downtown Wilmington: Pravda and Odessa

(Could not find a website for either bar. Try Facebook or Myspace or check below because each probably has enough business and don’t need you to find them easily.)


What’s in a Russian name? A few years ago it would have meant a serious distaste for capitalism, and Amerika in particular. These days, in large cities at least, the Russian names mean something else–capitalism with abandon: oil money, mining money, cheap labor, and free spending. That flashy ideal is invoked by the glamorous trappings of both bars that are situated within spitting distance of each other on Front Street.

Pravda’s focus is on lighting and artwork. Soothing hues of red permeate every inch of this Soviet-themed bar, which bills itself as a vodka bar. Martini choices abound, as well as a fantastic selection of vodkas and other high-end choices of spirits. There are a couple of pool tables scattered about, which will give you something to do other than watch the red paint dry. The crowd swings toward the upstanding college crowd, but the standout aspect for this place is certainly the service: quick, polite, and always helpful. There are some booming DJ music on the weekends. This is a great place to start a romantic evening while wallowing in the colors of Valentines day. It only sucks if red is your least favorite color and hate large stuffed animals because there is huge bear that greets you at the door 

Next door, and upstairs, is Odessa. They don’t subscribe to the Russian theme, but use the name of that port city for some reason. We still don’t know why it’s named Odessa, but it doesn’t matter because the focus here is on design. There’s some great art-deco/neo-classic style furniture that fill in a great meeting place. There’s also this cool vintage school bus that serves as a DJ booth. Once again, the crowd is upscale. The open area a great place to people watch and be seen.

Karl Marx is spinning is his grave. Lenin is spinning in his coffin. Their ideas of the proliterat vs the bourgiouse have been turned on its ear because at these bars (especially Pravda) are exactly what they would have been against. Rednecks and homeboys would feel equally out-of-place at either bar. The prices of quality drinks and the flashy clothing of the clientele can make some one feel awkward, and by extension under-appreciated. But fuck them if they can’t take a joke. The jokes on the person who would not walk in these places if they don’t like the sound of the foreign name or the people who go there. If they are not educated enough to figure out that they are excluding themselves from having good time, fuck ’em.

Those who are intrigued by the fact that may be there are real Russian strippers at either of these places will be disappointed, but the idea behind these names is to keep out the riff-raff out. Frankly, if either bar did went to Myrtle Beach and hired some actual Russian strippers to show their dance-afflicted crowd how to shake it, everyone would have a better time.

So go downtown and enjoy these two great bars. Don’t let the names fool you; they are both awesome. In the meantime, those less of you who are less pretentious, love anything Russian, and want to spend your money wisely, can head for Myrtle Beach (or the brothels on the Outer Banks) and get a taste of the real thing.

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