451 S 400 W, Salt Lake City, UT | Directions 8410140.759138 -111.901337
Neighborhoods: Rio Grande
I hate this place. The crowd is a mixture of creepy and awkward. The vibe, colored toxic green, is repellent to hot babes. There were none. There were lots of people who didn't look comfortable in their own skin, who I suspect were the Area 51 aliens disguised as humans.
Entry is overpriced. They honestly do random things like "It's $10 because last Saturday of the month LOL!" They have a DJ that does pretty much the opposite of what you expect him to do and tries to do cool things that just end up sounding bad. You can't dance when he's doing those things, and they last, like, two minutes each.
I'm never, ever going back.
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Total Rip off's WORST CLUB!!! – I attempted to celebrate my birthday on Saturday April 30th 2011, under the impression that "me and 51 of my friends could get in free" when I got to the door not only were my friends not allowed in for free but additionally all of our female party guests had to pay due to it being "The last saturday of the month." Still, we opted to go in, however when inquiring about the possibility of returning to our car in order to stow our jackets we were told we would be unable to get back in without paying full cover due to your no re-entry policy. This was fine, but when we inquired further as to the reasoning behind this we were abruptly told by the person scanning the ID's to "Go F**k Off", & "Just Leave" We Left peacefully & quickly. We were only there less than twenty minutes before being thrown out with no justifiable cause. It seems to me to be an amazing business model to be able to charge people $10 a head per 20 minutes of sitting around and then treat them like crap with no possible recourse. I will be filing this complaint with the local chapter of the better business bureau, and request we be refunded our money. In addition, while I'm not sure of the individuals name, the person scanning ID's and charging for entry to your venue at Nine pm Saturday April 30th 2011 privilege to be employed at your establishment should be reviewed.
worst club EVER – Extremely unprofessional staff. They were blatantly rude and definitely NOT customer service oriented.
When asked about their "policy" of no re-entry, meaning they wouldn't allow you back inside the club -- even after stamping your hand -- if you ventured outside, no matter for how short of a time, they said to me AND I QUOTE " Get the f**k out of here, just get the f**k out of here." I originally asked to speak with a manager, upon requesting that I was asked what for, I said I wanted to address some issues and was asked what about, and I said I didn't understand why they had a no re-entry policy, and that i didn't like that it wasn't posted anywhere except for when you have already paid and come inside. At this point I was told that it is utah law to not allow re-entry, I knew this to be false seeing as how I have gone to many other establishments that allow it, and they switched to saying it was their policy. Immediately after that, the person who was accepting money the evening of April 29th 2011 told me to "get the f**k out," at which point no other employee said anything and I left. Also, upon arrival, I had seen several advertisements, especially on their own web page that said that ladies get in for free before ten pm, and the person accepting money just said that it's a "special events night," and I guess I'm supposed to assume that means that ladies are free except these nights, but when I went inside there were several ads around the place that said special events nights, ladies free until 10 pm. Total rip-off, especially if i'm prisoner after paying, and then being told by staff members to "f**k off." Totally ridiculous. AVOID THIS ESTABLISHMENT AT ALL COSTS, YOU WILL REGRET ENTERING.
THE BEST CLUB EVER!!!! – Area 51 is the best most amazing club ever! I love going there because I feel like anyone and everyone is welcome! I'm not goth or punk myself but I love that there are all kinds of people there. I think the staff is really really awesome I've never had a problem with anyone there. A lot of people don't like it because it is a 18+ club but I don't think thats such a bad thing because if you don't want to hang around the teens you can just go down stairs. The best part is nobody judges anyone! Everyone is just there to have a good time!
Awesome club! – Im a big fan of trance, techno, house and straight up just having a good time and when we made our way to area 51 we had all of those things!!! we walked in on a friday night and it was pretty packed!! lights flashing!! fog machines going!! and everyone dancing and having a good time. im not a fan of the downstairs just cause its not my type of music but friday nights upstairs are off the hook. in the 21 and up section the bartenders where all really nice and even got me hooked on alot of there amazing made up drinks. the bathrooms could use some work but i mean come on now, we dont go to clubs for the bathroom, we go to have a good time, the DJs played alot of my favorite music and they even played some music i requested!! i really love this club on thursday nights (80s music) and espcially friday nights (techno,trance,house ect!! i will continue to go on fridays and i will continue telling people how much fun it is and bring them along!!
BORING – I decided that I would have a night out which is a rare occasion for me. I remembered Area 51 to be fun, crowded and play a great variety of music. Boy have they changed. The dancefloors both upstairs and downstairs had plenty of room because no one was dancing. The DJ was incredibly rude. They say they accept music requests but that is only if you are patient enough to stand there staring at his back while he pretends not to see you for at least 5 minutes. The music was pretty much straight techno upstairs which didn't seem much different from the gothic dancfloor downstairs.They had Go Go dancers upstairs that instead of dancing were sitting on the floor in the corner. Whats the point of a dancer that doesn't dance or socialize? The building is old and looks like its about to crumble around you.The bathrooms were disgusting. The only positive thing about this club was the Bartenders I'm sure they were only nice because they need your tips.I for one will never go back next time I will try to find someplace a little more exciting.
Rude staff, horrible condition! – I visited Area 51 back in 2008 for the first time and to be honest, it seemed pretty great. The fact is that I was drunk and pretty upset so anything that would get my mind off of things was good enough.
I visited a few more times after than and I found myself running up and down the stairs to get away from the music. Downstairs has depressing goth music that just sounds crappy and pissy all the time. Impossible to dance to. Up stairs is pop and hip hop and the absolute opposite. All around are annoying kids who don't know how to act around other people. Emo kids who look like they just don't know how to have a good time, and a large group of people 40+ who just stand there and stare at you in their black make up and clothes.
The condition of the building is horrible! At one point up stairs the whole dance floor was jumping to music, looking up I could see the ceiling was bending like it was made of plywood. Not only that, but a large amount of dust and other particles fell into my face, triggering my asthma.
I could stand for it all though knowing they added a sort of trance/techno night recently.
It was the Friday after my 21st birthday and I invited a few friends to come along. My friends are gay and upon walking in I knew we weren't welcome by the staff.
I asked a simple question about the price and he practically asked us to leave, stating with an attitude to "Have a good night"
And pointed to the door.
We were VERY upset. It was a birthday celebration and we wanted nothing more than to have a good time.
Not only that but I have been told by a very reliable source that people under the age of 18 who know the owner, are allowed to drink. Very unsafe for naive simple minded teenagers. The lowest rating here is 1 star, but if I could, I would give it a -5.
My friends and I were shocked.
Great Club – I go to Area semi-regularly but it's still my favorite club in SLC for a number of reasons. It's got a very young, experimental, energetic crowd (not the place to go if you're a divorcee hard up for marriage or a budding missionary) and in general is really tolerant. There are *lots* of GLBT people that go regularly, myself included, as well as metalheads, goths, punkers, and your usual mix of average clubbers every night. This makes for a really tolerant atmosphere, I've also never been treated poorly by any of the staff (though I don't go to the bar, which is where I've heard of problems).
The upstairs floor mixes everything. I'm there from about 10pm-2am and dance is usually used to mix Depeche Mode with Covenant with Fallout Boy with Black Eyed Peas with (YES!) even Britney Spears. The DJ upstairs tries to play a wide range of music, if you don't like what comes on you can go out to the patio and chances are you'll like something in the next three. I don't like pop but some girls I'm flirting with do, and the diverse music ensures there will be a new crowd of girls for me to flirt with every night I go.
In general the club is pretty inviting, lots of gorgeous, single women (I'll vouch some of them are straight, you boys aren't trying), a downstairs room for the hardcore spookies, a bar, and a full patio.
-In general by 10 you have to park somewhere around the block.
-The bar may have bad service, I don't know, but also pay attention to Utah liquor laws. As stupid as they are if a 40 y/o without an ID is in the bar the owner can still lose legal right to serve liquor. Be big kids and bring your IDs just like everywhere else and stop bitching.
-I think the territory may be a bit rough on single guys there. The gender spread looks pretty even sometimes but there are a LOT of girls who like girls
-If you dress like a cowboy or look extra preppy as a male you may be teased. That is the ONLY intolerance I've ever seen displayed.
A GOOD PLACE FOR THE YOUNGSTERS – So I have never done this before so bear with me k...
I'm new to the Wyoming area and wanted to check out the gay club scene. Only problem was we had 2 girls that are not 21 yet, so we decided to go to area 51 since that was the only place anyone knew where to go. The first time we went was on a saturday night, not gay night at all but I have to say it was fun... The music was a good mixture of some older music mixed with todays. Different... Then we tried Friday night cause that was suppose to be gay night. Well it wasn't but still we had some fun. The music was of the now hip hop stuff and I have to say I enjoyed myself. To much of the smokey stuff on the floor though. Even though I couldn't get my drink on I still had fun, not as much as the gay clubs in Cali but I had fun... The younger crowd out here gots some moves ( :
So needless to say if your under 21 and want to dance your butts off this is the club to be... those of you that are 21+ , or looking for the gay scene, this is not the place.
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