Playing your chance cards
Editorial Board 2001-2002
Playing your chance cards
Ask any cabbie, downtown resident and, most importantly, any clubber something about London's downtown party scene is different.
The lineups have been long and thick at a couple of London's newest nightspots the Barking Frog and Monopoly. Scores of well-dressed, ready-to-spend party-goers seem anxious for a new experience rarely offered by London's other bars and nightclubs.
What remains to be seen is whether or not the newcomers will survive after the storm that is, after the novelty wears off.
London has seen the demise of many bars Saints and Sinners, the Station and the Shot were all recent victims because they had no lasting appeal.
Rumours of these new clubs have been flying around for months. What can be confirmed is that those who frequent these spots should be prepared for both a cover fee and a kick in the ass from the bouncer if they attempt to enter wearing so much as a baseball cap or running shoes.
Considering the types of venues in London prior to the arrival of the Barking Frog and Monopoly, one would expect most Western students and Londoners would want more casual nightspots that take less aim at their wallets.
Combine this with the ghosts of failed pubs and it would seem the odds are against these latest establishments surviving.
However, there's always a chance these places could be strong enough to survive bar-scene Darwinism.
If you were to ask a Torontonian what they thought about the complaints of $5 covers and dress codes, you may have to wait awhile for them to contain their laughter. For the 'big-city' clubber, such fees and codes are an accepted way of life.
At the same time, many student clubs on-campus are forced to host private parties in order to capture the upscale theme associated now with these newcomers on the London bar scene.
It can't be denied, there does exist a market for this type of nightclub.
The Barking Frog and Monopoly both offer a refreshing visual twist to the usually humble and practical club scene London is known for. Patrons have described the interiors as stylish and sophisticated. Plus, few clubs in town can compare to the enormous sizes of these new bars.
With the lineups and apparent interest, it seems these places have a future. Club owners who have a lot of money and are willing to invest it in this city may have a chance to thrive and add a measure of vibrance to London's nightclub scene.
In the spirit of Monopoly, if they play their "chance" cards right, they may even pass "go" and collect $200.