News that Sacramento is a U.S. city poised for greatness was not lost on Above & Beyond, ranked #5 out of DJ Magazine's Top 100 DJs of 2010. The world's most famous trance trio from the UK partied in California's capital to promote a new album, Group Therapy.
The host surprised me, inspiring another review in a series of nightlife venues. In May A&B bypassed downtown Sacramento for Barcode Nightclub & Lounge (1890 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA 95815 // 916.492.1959) a larger club near destination shopping Arden Fair Mall, Cal Expo & hotels. Eons since my last visit to this club, I was pleased with renovations.
Furnishings now reflect a more contemporary, upscale design like its more popular sister clubs, The Park UltraLounge and M!X Downtown. Although there are two dance floors, the second floor is significantly smaller than the main room and features different music. Any extra space on the dance floor certainly was appreciated since SF-based Midnite Events hosted this well-attended college-age and older crowd. The floor seemed as packed as SF's infamous Ruby Skye. New, custom sound and lighting systems performed better and allowed fans to get closer to the DJs and speakers without going deaf.
The venue derives its name from the barcode-inspired light system that flanks the marquis DJ booth against the back wall. A smaller DJ booth in the center of the main room is used for local, weekly parties. It's popular when dancers want to request songs.
Other high marks include a strong door to discourage potentially rowdy guests; friendly bartenders; and affordable drinks. FYI if you're attending an 18+ event, (you and) your drink will be restricted to the bar area. Depending on the VIP booth you reserve, a private bar may be an option!
Note: Barcode caters to a wide variety of clients. Check its calendar for your preference in dance music. The venue is available for private events or corporate parties as well. Click for more Sacramento nightlife venues.
** Thursday, June 23, 2011 District 30 hosts Paul Oakenfold another DJ Magazine's Top 100 of 2010. **