Farewell to Fallout Lounge

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Fallout Lounge
Marina was her name. She had a short, dark mod haircut, and knew how to bring out her blue eyes with layers of teal scarves. We were Myspace friends. Still are, I think. But I never knew what became of her. Last I heard, she went north to try her luck in New York.

Some of the best times of my life happened just a few feet away from Marina, where she hovered by a now-antiquated set of DJ equipment in the corner of Fallout Lounge. It was a time when I was young enough to fit in with the crowd there. Shoving a burned CD-R into one deck and ejecting a disc out of the other deck while taking requests, Marina spun from a catalog of almost exclusively British artists. Joy Division and New Order lifted my mood most nights, while Pulp and Blur got plenty of airtime, too.

Even though it's been a few years since I was a regular at Fallout, I'm sad to learn today that they're finally shutting the place down. According to the venue's Facebook page, they've decided not to renew their lease, and according to FrontRow's Chris Mosley, Saturday night was their last.

I was wondering when it would happen. I've driven by the place recently and noticed the open sign was unlit, even as the neighboring Amsterdam Bar and Meridian Room were bustling.

Another time I was there, Pleasant Grove's Marcus Striplin performed a booze-fueled set with just an electric guitar and his voice. He stood near the door, awkwardly engaging young patrons as they entered. When he finished, he stumbled out onto the street with his guitar still strapped to his neck, and hopped in a car to another gig.

Though I'm sure he has no recollection of the night, it was magical. Same goes for the very last time I hung out at Fallout some years ago. After my fourth Modelo or so, Wanz Dover spun My Bloody Valentine's "Soon" so loud, I remember seeing the front windows of the bar pulse in time. Hard to say if it was the song's bass or my own heartbeat playing tricks on me. Things were a little blurrier back then.

It was a time when I was old enough to know my limits and young enough to test them. I did so regularly. Thankfully, I got a little older and hung it up. And now it looks like Fallout's doing the same thing.
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Chuck G.
Chuck G.

Bye. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Joel Buchanan
Joel Buchanan

All good things end eventually. I was a regular patron there before I started DJing there. Every Friday from June '06 to July '08, people filled that place and danced to whatever we felt like playing. It was a great run, and I'm proud to say that I remember most of it.

Pea Warr
Pea Warr

My husband and I met there. We also got married there. Seemed like the right thing to do. Ulysses answered the call and opened up the bar early so Bill Holston, his wife and his son, along with a few other friends and family members could pay witness to our union. We drank, including the minister, we married and we drank some more. And I will be eternally grateful.  

Markus
Markus

 Yea, I was there form time-to-time, I suppose about 3 years ago or so. Never thought it was as cool as people let on, but still an interesting place. One time I was at the bar, just starting chatting with some guy next to me. He proceeded to say that he just got out of jail for something like 2 years for assault with a weapon and that he was also a Nazi, skinhead. Weird.

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