Canal Room's Got Love for You if You were Born in the '80s

Canal Room's Got Love for You if You were Born in the '80s

by Taryn Haight
03.16.2010

I argued with two guys about who lived for more of the ‘80s, borrowed someone’s mullet wig and lost my voice belting “Livin’ on a Prayer” at the top of my lungs. The golden decade filled with teased hair, shiny pants and jean jackets are alive and well every Saturday night at this West Broadway gem, and you don’t need a DeLorean to get there.

Canal Room is the place to go at 2 a.m. when you’re tired of being macked on by some Meatpacking meathead and just want to dance. While a vast space coated with wooden floors is hardly anything to write home about, the setup provides enough space for that Pat Benatar shimmy you’ve been waiting to pull out (or the worm if you get there before the crowds roll in). An elevated VIP section in the back is not the prestigious, gotta-get-in area most clubs are accustomed to, since the real people you want to get to know are on the dance floor, head-banging in front of the stage. Oversized banners depicting the likes of David Bowie, Michael Jackson and Cyndi Lauper line the room and remind you just what artists to yell out when the band’s open to requests.

This past Saturday night I was lucky enough to catch about six or seven songs from the resident ‘80s tribute band, Rubix Kube, before my intolerance for tequila and Daylight Savings took hold. The band looked like a more exaggerated version of every character from The Wedding Singer and serenaded the packed crowd with hits like “Summer of ’69,” “Come On Eileen” and some other stuff that made me want to swing my arms and skip like Carlton Banks. The party was more like group karaoke than the average Manhattan nightspot, which gave me the drive to stay out until close – a rare occurrence when you’ve been sucked into going to the see-and-be-seen venues based around who’s got the most bottles and sparklers arriving at their table (yawn). The don’t-care-who-you-see and don’t-care-who-sees-you vibe is sometimes forgotten in the nightlife circuit, but after venturing to Canal Room, your priorities will be rewired, your nostalgia will be sparked and your satisfaction with a Saturday night in NYC will once again resurface.

The $12 cover charge and the $6 plastic cup of tap water were my only complaints for the evening. Well, that and the fact that the place was too crowded to really showcase my fancy footwork. Next week, Canal Room... count me in for the rematch.


 

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