The Lava Lounge has very quickly become the place to play: Dave Vanian of the Damned plays in the bitty little room on Friday.
Feeling swanky? Try Bakersfield-meets-TheVault at LBC's Prospector Steakhouse for Swanky Tuesdays. Organizers Cayt (pretty cousin of Burnin'Groove's pretty Darren Carlson), Michael and Wayde man the packed bar, which is separate from the teeny dance floor so all kinds of artsy types (all in Buddy Holly glasses, but, oddly, neither pretentious nor annoying) can mingle drunkenly and even . . . network, according to the ad in the happy-news Suburbia. Drinks are strong and as cheap as ever, and the girls at the bar look young and naive and easily conned. Where's your smoking jacket?
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