This is a review specifically about the night. Having not been to L&M Grand often enough, I’m unable to make a decision on whether or not I would want to frequent this club. That being said, it’s obvious that this night didn’t really wow me all that much. I’m definitely going to give this club another go though. I did have a pretty good time.
The First thing I noticed when pulling in, was the really uncoordinated parking. It didn’t appear that there was a lot attendant on site at first. For a club, there actually was a lot of parking available, and there are parking garages nearby and usually plenty of on street parking. After parking, an attendant actually did come out, and asked us to turn our car in a different direction to get people parking the other way. It turns out, some cars were actually parked on a street. I guess a road runs right through the parking lot of the club.
The outside of the club looks awesome. The sign for the club is a sight to see. Huge lettering, and bright colors. Also, the lighting on the exterior of the club suggests a high class club. There was a pretty decent sized line when we got there, but we were VIP’s so we got to skip the line, and 21+ get’s you in for free, 18+ you get $10 off. That’s a pretty good discount. There was a delay at the door, mostly because we had bags with glow stuff, and there was only one guy handling both the VIP and the regular line, instead of having someone there to handle each one. That wasn’t too much of a problem, but it held things up.
Inside the club, we noticed that for a glow party, there wasn’t a whole lot of black lights. We got there just in time to see Beneath The Sheets finish up their set, and then they got right into the DJ’s. We figured that because it was a glow party, they would turn down the lights for everything except for the black lights and some of the colored lights, but the lights never came down. Some people were dressed in Neon colors, but most were not. This just seemed like a normal club night to me, and didn’t have the feel a glow party should. The bartenders looke great! They definitely came ready to glow, but the patrons were not prepared for a glow party. I came with a whole bunch of light sticks, and got hit up like every minute for one. Hardly anyone brought anything that actually glows. My friend Adrien and I brought Illuminated Poi, and he knows a few tricks. I brought mine out for a bit, and actually learned a little from following his advice. Although, after a while, it was apparent that people at the club were far too drunk, and didn’t really understand what was going on. People kept walking right into the space that Adrien was spinning. We managed to get some good photos though, and security didn’t ask us to put away the Poi, so they were at least welcoming to it. No one else had any illuminated Poi, or anything that actually glows in the dark. I have a feeling that a lot of people had no idea what the theme was. They just wanted to go to a club on a Thursday night.
One of the really good things about the club, and going out in NH in general was the drink prices. It was only $3 for most single liquor drinks. I got a gin and tonic, and was saddened that it was not glowing. I didn’t end up seeing their beer selection. The bar looked pretty awesome. It was lit up blue, and had flat panel LCD screens mounted above with psychedelic patterns, (AKA Screen savers) running on them. The bar was also well stocked, and very long with plenty of bar tenders staffed. I did not wait too long for drinks, and the prices were very reasonable.
The scene at the club though left something to be desired. It’s sad to say, but the club would have been a better experience if there were more hipsters. All in all, not too bad though. Everyone seemed very respectful. Everyone was having a really good time. There were plenty of people getting dirty on the dance floor, and I didn’t see any fights! I got on the dance floor, and found everyone to be very friendly, and a lot of the girls there were really attractive and also very friendly. One thing I noticed that really surprised me was a guy going up to a girl and trying to dance with her. When she pushed away from him, he actually said, “Oh, did you not want to dance? I’m sorry.” and Walked away and left her alone. Kudos to that guy for being that respectful. That really impressed me.
All in all, it was a pretty good night. Everyone was friendly, the music was good, the drinks were cheap, and the girls there were really fun. I’d recommend this club as a good alternative to the Boston clubs, but not as a substitute. This may have been good, but it’s got a long way to go to be even close to the Boston scene. The difference between this club, and other New Hampshire club nights, is that I think this club actually has a chance to be just as awesome as the Boston clubs in time. And if it doesn’t step up to the plate, just note that the line for this club was huge. Tons of people couldn’t get in. There is definitely a large enough desire for a new club that IS willing to step up to the challenge.
So get out to L&M Grand and Participate! YOU make a place great when you and your friends all go there and are friendly and make new friends there. I will be going back, and I’ll be bringing friends with me. And hopefully having a ton of fun every time I go.