Friday, 17 August, marked the grand opening of Ravine, an entertainment venue that occupies the space of what used to be called Reign. I am not allowed to call Ravine a “club” because, to be fair, it is not. When I write my neighborhood nightlife scene guide, I will have to categorize places into venues, clubs, bar & food with live music, and pop ups
Before I go into the music headliner of the inaugural evening, I need to talk about the venue. First off, parking is $20–that is decided by the parking company who watches over the lot, just fyi. VIP parking is available, too. The staff are all very nice and congenial–even the huge, imposing dudes hired for security and VIP area management. Bathrooms were spacious and had friendly attendants. Ravine is not just about music and DJs, but more about hosting private and sponsored events. Want to host DJ Snake here? Awesome. Want to have a bar mitzvah in a sick venue? Affirmative. Does your company want to have a lit end of year party/meeting with a live band? You’re covered.
Ravine has two levels. The right side of the main floor is dedicated VIP seating areas, with a bar in the back right. The left side is a long, well-staffed bar that didn’t bleed too bad into the main floor. Upstairs is the main VIP seating area that houses up to five parties (it started getting difficult to do math with the strong drinks being poured, so pardon me if I get that wrong). Shout-out to Ed, who was doing a fantastic job of overseeing the entry area of the lower left VIP stairs next to the stage.
Beware Presents brought us two acts that evening: SixSixMusic as the opener and Loud Luxury as the headliner. Loud Luxury is a Canadian production and DJ duo Andrew Fedyk and Joe Depace, based in Los Angeles. The two met while going to school, and collaborated on songs together. After seeing a Porter Robinson show in 2016, they were inspired to create the song “See It Again.” In 2017, they remixed Martin Garrix‘s song “Scared to Be Lonely”–which brought them to the spotlight and enabled them to do further remixes that propelled them to touring and playing festivals.
The floor finally got packed around 1 a.m., and I found that I still had a little more personal space than usual–so that was good. I have read Reddit and Facebook Atlanta EDM-based group posts debating the dress code at Ravine: I would say I saw patrons dressing slightly nicer than Opera and IRIS, but not all dripping bling and stiletto heels. Also, and this is important to me, it wasn’t hot inside the venue. If anything, I was cold–which is oh so important when dancing for your life and keeping your makeup looking sickening.
Friday evening was magical, indeed. Not only did I get free Krispy Kreme donuts on the way home, some guy in upstairs VIP started throwing money down on the dance floor making it rain a shower of one dollar bills! Shout-outs to Rachel behind the bar and Stephanie in the women’s bathroom: it was my pleasure shoving some people out of the way in order to collect some free money and tip y’all in cash.
Okay, so here it is: Did I enjoy my time there? Yes. Was the sound great? Yes. Ravine has invested in a British-designed Funktion-One sound system and the depth was just right for the size of the venue. Lights and lasers? Yes, Ravine uses ROBE lighting systems. It’s not a huge setup, but it enhances the DJ(s) just fine. The large LED screen in the back is really the main draw for your eyes.
I would definitely go back for a music artist I really like. Ravine says it will soon announce other non-music acts and events, so stay tuned! I’m excited to see who else Beware Presents will book, as well. I’m going to recommend Steve Aoki for those of you who are looking for a WILD party; he’ll be there on Saturday, 6 October. You may even get famously caked!
Keep dancing, Atlanta!