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Turlock, Modesto dance clubs offer plenty of variety

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POSTED April 26, 2013 8:16 p.m.

The nightlife scene in the Central Valley is full of places to boogie. From high-energy dance clubs to low-key bars, there’s something for everyone in the 209.

Red Brick Café, located at 153 South Broadway, is the hot spot for nightlife in downtown Turlock.  The 4,000-square-foot development offers  patio seating for 24 guests and has a full bar both inside and out the establishment. The Brick also offers bottle service, a mainstay of high-end clubs where parties can purchase a full bottle of liquor.

“People really enjoy themselves when they visit The Brick,” said co-owner Stephen Backus. “Since we’re always jam -packed every Thursday through Saturday, we have tons of security staff to make sure our people feel safe and secure.”

The Brick also features live entertainment including DJs, bands and of course, dancing. For those who are looking to get a quick bite to eat without having to leave the dance scene, an outdoor taco cart is available offering late night snacks until 1:30 a.m.

“As an appreciation for all the college students who come to The Brick, we will be having a special drink menu during the month of May,” said Backus. “We will have some drink boards available with the first drink only costing $1.”

The college drink board menu will be available from 6 p.m.  to 10 p.m. Thursday through Friday, and 7-10 p.m. on Saturday in May. Recent college graduates will also be honored during this special.

Turlock is not the only destination for nightlife. Downtown Modesto has a varied dance scene with something to suit most tastes. Palladium Nightclub, located on 950 10th Street, spreads over four rooms and features a host of resident DJs and occasional live music. Guests must be 21 years old or older.

“I absolutely love this place,” said dance aficionado Noemi Valencia. “The size of the club is a bonus because it gives you the chance to interact and mingle with different people.”

Valencia is a frequent visitor to the Modesto nightlife and enjoys the different options of music Palladium has to offer.

“I love the fact that you have so many options to choose from in the atmosphere and music,” said Valencia. “If you don’t like the music in one room, you can go to a different dance floor. If you need some fresh air, you can also go outside to catch some fresh air. You can switch moods in seconds by visiting the different dance floors.”

Palladium Nightclub is open from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. every Friday and Saturday night.

Modesto is also home to dance -friendly locations for the 18-20 age groups. Studio 47, located at 917 J Street, has different areas each with its own décor. Studio 47 occasionally holds special events and can hold a capacity of over 1,000 people.

“Studio 47 plays great music and has an awesome environment for those who want to have a good time,” said Turlock resident Maria Gonzales. “They have cages and runways for people who want to let loose and have a good time.”

Gonzales, who’s been dancing since she was old enough to crawl, is a frequent visitor to the nightlife scene and enjoys the music and atmosphere that Studio 47 has to offer.

“The first time I stepped footinside Studio 47 I was a little nervous and self-conscious because it was my first time out in the dance scene. As soon as I stepped foot inside the club I forgot about everything and danced the night away with my friends.”

— NANCY ANGEL / The 209

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