Ambush plays to a gay audience, mostly. For a small cover charge, soft-core male strippers and cheesy `90s pop hits sound like a steal. It's a small club, really, and most of its time is devoted to the strippers and the proverbial drag queen hostess. In comparison to most clubs, though, Ambush seems to be a lot more friendly, because often everyone inside knows each other. There are seats, too. Unfortunately, it's about 30 minutes away from Old Dominion's campus. So, if you want to sample the sweets, you need some keys and a car-or a best friend who can drive you.
Excess is a poor excuse for a club. It's small (small as in only about 10 people could dance comfortably on its dance floor), it's expensive, and it plays horrible music (too much variation to get into a groove). It skips from outdated hip-hop to overplayed top 40 hits. Do yourself a favor, and go to excess to avoid Excess.
2014 Atlantic Ave.
Peabody's has acquired a cult following from college students and older crowds alike. It has great music (great variety and themed nights), women get in for free on certain days of the week, and it's close to the beach. Go to Peabody's and get smashed, then go jump in the water. Just try not to get caught by the fuzz.
The Wave is within a mile or so of ODU and is frequented by practically the entire campus. Stuck in the `80s? Check out `80s night every Thursday and relive your pre-MTV addictions. What about techno? Saturday's showcase titillating techno thumpa-thumpa beats and tst-tst loops. Minimum age is 18-or-older-drinks are served as well, but only to the 21-and-uppers. And bring water-the place is so hot they know that people will pay $4 for a bottle of Aquafina.
Bar Norfolk is normally only for an older crowd (21-and-up) but on Wednesdays 18-year-olds can enjoy the fun as well. Thursday nights are also favorites. It also has a pool table, DJ dancing, and a bar so the eager can shake it.
Boar's Nest is right behind the Ted Constant Convocation Center. It's newer, and it's close. Drinks are moderately priced, and it closes at 2 a.m.
4502 Monarch Way
Jillian's is really just a super playground for adults. It's got a video game room with games like Hyper Bowl, Bass Fishing, Sega Rally, and Fight Simulator. It's even got two dance clubs and a billiards lounge.
The NorVa looks like a stylish yet defunct warehouse. Get tickets and check out the groups that play. Also, connected to the NorVa is the Backstage Café, owned by Ian Copeland (brother to Stewart Copeland, former member of rock group The Police).
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Elliot's Fair Grounds
Fair Grounds may close at 9 p.m., but a lot of students hang out around the patio until at least midnight. So, even if it closes, it's still open.