How Do They Goth in Tucson, Arizona?

Since I’m out here in Arizona, I thought I’d wander up to Tucson to see how my old college town fares.

The Night:
Club Asylum
Congress St
Saturdays, 1000-200am
18 to party, 21 to drink
$5 for 21+, free for military

The Location:
The club is on Congress St, a great location because it is mixed up with other clubs. It gives the feel that goth nights can be mainstream too and not something you find it back alleys somewhere.

Parking is interesting because it is in a busy entertainment area. Street parking up and down the area. You may have to park further down or on a side street, but you won’t ever not find any parking. And you don’t have to pay for it either.

The Ambience:
The club is more bar than anything else. I do like the bar area, although I’m not a drinker. The sign that has the club name on the inside is interesting and provides an interesting backdrop. It’s a cozy, quaint little spot, but more suited to a lounge or a bar, and not the club. Arizona weather is usually fair, and the club has a little patio area. You can hear the music, get some fresh air, smoke a cigarette and chat it up.

There is only one bathroom per person, and sometimes you have to wait. That’s annoying.

Drinks and Vendors:
I don’t drink, so I don’t know. There is usually a vendor in the back that sells CDs, paraphernalia, t-shirts, and the like.

The Dancefloor:
The dance floor is small and in an inconvenient location. Once the place gets crowded, it becomes a high traffick area for people getting to the bar or the patio. Sometimes people stop and stand to talk and there’s not much room to dance.

The Crowd:
Sometimes there is a vague reflection of that old Fineline crowd, but young kids have taken over with a splash of curious college kids from the University that’s not too far away. I think if you are too goth you might feel out of place, so you might want to tone it down a little.

How Do They Dress?:
There’s no dress code and it shows. Sometimes it looks like people who were just wandering down teh street just happened to stop by and say hi. The crowd tended towards the black t-shirt and pants set rather then ‘gothing’ it up. AZ has always been laid back in that sense, and it’s reflected here.

The Music:
I do like the music, although it there is a liberal amount of techno-sounding rave mixed in with synthpop. I think it’s to cater to the half mainstream that wanders in sometimes. I get the sense that they don’t want to be too freekish. They don’t want to scare people who are waltzing the streets looking for something to do. Maybe that is the drawback in being in a popular location for other clubs.

Interesting Tidbits:
The front patio for fresh air.

The Best:
The patio.

The Worse:
Tendency to pull away from the dark side to accomodate ‘normal’ people

On a scale of 1 to 10:

Would I road trip for it:
Not a chance.


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