||The first time I went to Karma, I promised myself that I would return
as soon as I could to this outstanding new club. I finally made my return, found a few
changes, but found Karma to still be one of the more unique and coolest clubs in downtown
THE SERPENTINE ROOM
first time I went to Karma, I had a hard time finding it. There is no neon sign in bright
letters shouting out where Karma is. I had to search for the only markers of the place -
the address 318 W. Grand and a line waiting to get inside. This is truly a club where you
should be respected for just finding the place.
||I walked into Karma (10 bucks
for guys, and the Friday night I went on women were entering for free) and descended down
to the first of Karmas rooms. We were immediately greeted by people at a table that
were trying to get women to sign up for "The Girlfriend Club." Signing up gives
women free admission on Fridays and a free drink for the cardholder and a guest. In this
ever PC society, Karma also allows female impersonators into the girlfriend club (look out
men who do not want to hook up with female impersonators, you could be easily fooled in
the darkness of Karmas dance rooms.)
room you first enter into looks like your buddys basement with a small bar, a few
chairs and a couch, and a few tables. The first time I was here, there was also the
standard for all dance clubs: a lady giving a seance. At first, I thought that this room
was all there was to the Karma club that I was hearing so much about. We laughed and
laughed at Karma and kept yelling to the psychic friends to contact Houdini, Princess Di,
or John Denver. Then we saw another stairway we went up the stairway and stopped joking.
I walked into the main floor of Karma, the Temple, and
I was impressed. There was a good sized dance floor pumping some really loud
techno/industrial/underground music, a large bar by the side, and another lounging type
area next to the dance floor. The room was barely lit, with many smoke machines going and
most of the lighting coming from the laser show on the dance floor. The lack of sight led
to a real underground/privacy feel; you could do whatever you want because no one would
ever know it was you.
THE TEMPLE ROOM
The details in the club that are visible are very interesting. Karma
tries for a new-age religion type theme. I have been there when they have had a couple of
strangely dressed up (I hope they are dressed up and only putting on an act) fortune
tellers/psychics contacting spirits for all the club dwellers who are interested in their
services. The club is also decorated with strange new-age religious-like sculptures which
really makes you feel like you are in a weird Shirley Maclaine religious temple.
After hanging out for a while in
the Temple, we went up another staircase into the "Serpentine," another floor of
Karma. On this floor, there is another dance floor that plays disco era type dance music.
I guess they have performers up in this room sometimes like guest DJs and Sonny and Cher
look-a-likes. In addition, there is another bar and another private type of room with
several chairs and tables where you can hang out and talk to someone if you want to. They
have a good variety of drinks on this floor as well as all of the floors, and they are all
at the usual downtown club prices.
THE VIP LOUNGE
Overall, Karma is a really diverse club with the techno-ish Temple,
70s-ish Serpentine, and the lounging type of areas available, so there should be a
room that appeals to anybody. The people there seemed pretty cool, although I
couldnt see them, it seemed like a 20-something crowd. I really like Karma, it is
just the place Id want to spend a night out at - dancing with someone I cant
see with a beer in my hand while my ears bleed from the blasting music. If you go there,
youll have a good time and youll experience some good Karma.
318 West Grand
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