The first time I went to Chop Suey, it was for a friend of a friend’s birthday party. It was a 90’s dance party night, and it was…not great. The DJ was a little off, and the birthday girl’s friends were not my cup of tea. BUT, I don’t blame the venue. It’s actually pretty cool. So I gave it a second chance, and went to a friend’s band’s show several months later. It wasn’t bad. I just sat at the bar, solo, enjoyed the music and went home. Not a revolutionarily redeeming experience, but certainly better than the first.
The THIRD time, however, I had an absolute blast. My boyfriend and I had made a new friend – Dan – while enjoying one of the best happy hours in Seattle at another of our usual haunts (see my jrrny about their *morning* happy hour here: http://jrrny.com/seattle-wa-for-happy-hour-before-sunrise). When we asked him what he’d be up to for the rest of the evening, Dan (who was from out of town) pointed at a section of a paper copy of The Stranger, which read: ‘December 23: Talcum Christmas Soul Dance.’ Um…okay. I can’t say no to that. So we all went.
We ordered a round of drinks, and zipped straight to the dance floor, which, as promised, was covered in talcum powder. The DJ played a flawless old soul mix, and we danced, a…lot. It was the first time I’d seen my beau really cut a rug, and let me tell you, I was not mad about it. We also wandered in to their photo booth at one point and got some pictures, and tied up the night with a Seattle dog (hot dog…er, veggie dog in my case…smothered in cream cheese and sauteed onions) from the hot dog stand outside (delicious, delicious Seattle dogs). So, so much fun.
Talcum powder or not, Chop Suey is a really great place for musical experiences of all kinds – dance parties, karaoke, live shows – you name it, they do it. Drinks are alright so long as you’re a ‘no frills’ sort of customer. Oh, did I mention there’s an amazing Seattle dog stand that sets up shop every evening, right outside? I did? Oh, then it must be really important.