Party Like You’re In Vegas (Even at a Distance!)

We all know the drill: what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Why? Because Sin City is a world apart. In few places can you party 24/7 with the most energetic of crowds and shamelessly unleash your inner party animal without thinking about the consequences. Crazy open bars, epic live DJs and band performances, delicious brunches that practically get started at 3pm in the afternoon, and the tempting possibility of becoming a millionaire overnight – this is just the beginning. Vegas is the devil’s paradise and who doesn’t want to dabble at least once in their life?

But not all of us can afford a weekend in Sin City and that’s why clubZone is here to teach you to party like a boss no matter where you are! At the same time, we have to tell you about your chance to win a free trip to Vegas from Vancouver’s newest sports bar The Locker Room. So go ahead and let us teach you how to have a great Vegas-style weekend now. Who knows? Maybe you could use your schooling to get down in the real thing soon!

INVITE THE RIGHT PEOPLE

Vegas is all about who’s in the VIP area (yeah, let’s not kid ourselves), so when you decide to go all in, make sure you’re hanging out with the right crew – we don’t want any party poopers. Ditch the pretentious and stick to the cool fellas. Your friends need to be in the mood for partying hard and be 100% up for bar hopping. Oh, and a clear schedule the next morning makes for a quick(er) recovery.

Party Like Its 1992

Let’s party like it’s 1992!

SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!

Do we need to say more? Choose your favourite liquor and turn on your engines the right way. We don’t recommend more than two though, because there will be a lot of champagne and expensive drinks (obviously) coming your way throughout the night. Extra points for body shots!

GO ALL IN

As you may know, gambling isn’t legalized everywhere. In order to create a Vegas vibe,  invite friends over for a round of Poker or Black Jack at your house. And don’t get stuck playing the whole night and never leaving the house – rule is the winner gets free drinks all night long, losers. TIP: make sure you’ll eventually run out of booze at home or this strategy may not work.

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“You gotta help me out… It’s all a blur last night”

GLITTER & GOLD

The good thing about Sin City is that friends don’t necessarily get you the best treatment. Its all about shelling out. Do this and you may end up sitting next to Prince Harry or stumbling upon Katy Perry in the bathroom . What we really mean is this: VIP area is a must. When you choose the party, make sure you go big and you know you’ll be on the Vegas track.  The added bonus? Private booths with your friends make everyone around you super jealous. Who wants to stand in line waiting for the bouncer’s verdict? Live the life! #YOLO and make sure to order lots and lots of bubbly.

PARTY LIKE THERE’S NO TOMORROW…

… and try to remember where you are the morning after! Vegas is all about where you’re going next – the party can’t stop! There are no last calls and endless vacations are what you seek – make it worth it. Find the hottest after hours spot in town to keep the party going in case your first choice shuts down before 6am. And for everyone’s sake, please be sure to have mints on hand before you go to the next round! Once the marathon party finally comes to end, recharge with a delicious breakfast, preferably with bottomless mimosas. Good morning, Mr. Hangover-of-the-year!

IN VANCOUVER? WIN A TRIP TO VEGAS FOR FREE!

The fact is that the ultimate party destination in the USA has all the elements for you to go all out and have the most extreme clubbing experience ever. It’s certainly not for the faint of heart.

But how about living all this without spending a dime? Win a trip to Vegas from Vancouver’s newest sports bar! Come down to the Locker Room Club from April 1st-June 7th 2014, enjoy the great food, drinks, UFC events, and fill out a ballot or drop a business card in the bowl for a chance to win the best party weekend of your life!

Written by Carolina Galli

April in Vancouver: 5 Ways to Celebrate

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According to the calendar, Spring time is here! Erm… you hear us, Canada? It’s time to put our gloves back in storage and grab our cold pints barehanded to celebrate the highly anticipated warmer days – well, at least technically.

So what should we do this April in Vancouver while we wait for the winter to finally go away and prepare our tank tops and hot bikini bods to be out and about soon? There’s nothing left but… to party, of course! ClubZone has put together a list of 5 parties and events you absolutely should not miss this month in Vancouver. Take a look and lets celebrate!

1. #HouseParty: Pre-game for the NHL playoffs

A great night out always starts off with a bunch of friends at someone’s house,  drink in hand and great conversation flowing. With the NHL playoffs kicking off early, this is the perfect excuse to start drinking even earlier – not that you actually need one, eh! Throw your own NHL playoffs party to warm up for the night ahead and make things interesting with a ‘Maple Leaf Cocktail’! This cocktail resembles a spiced up martini with a delicious heavy Canadian twist, thanks to the punch of our Canadian whiskey and our beloved maple syrup. All you need is:

• ¼ oz. lemon juice
• ½oz. Canadian maple syrup
• 1 oz. Crown Royal Whiskey

Pour all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake, babe, shake. Drain the blend into a martini glass enjoy along with an exciting  hockey match. Sip slowly as you think about all the bad decisions you’ll probably make in a few hours. Check the official NHL playoffs schedule HERE to plan your night. #GoCanucks!

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2. #FoodParty: Surrender to the deliciousness of a food truck

Whether you have no time to cook or just love having someone else do it for you, there is no denying  that food trucks are the bomb. And when it comes to quality, quantity and proximity, food trucks are a great option for killing those cravings!  Pizza, sushi, grilled cheese, tacos, burgers… you name it, they have it. Check streetfoodapp or download the app on your phone to learn about about all the food trucks around the city and their time-schedule. Bon Appétit!

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3. #HardstyleParty: Get down and dirty with Headhunterz

When: this Friday, April 11th @ Gossip

If you like it hard, this is the party for you. Dutch phenomenon Headhunterz is invading the decks at one of the hottest clubs in Vancouver, Gossip. Expect hardstyle beats bleeding out of the speakers that will  keep you fist-pumping all night long! First round of tickets is already sold out, so hurry up and secure your tickets ASAP HERE. Not to be missed!

Headhunterz Live

4. #PsyParty: Trance away with Infected Mushroom

When: this Saturday, April 12th @ Soundlab

This show is not for the faint of heart. The legends of the psy-trance genre, the Israel-bred, LA-based duo ‘Infected Mushroom’ are coming this Saturday to drop a breathtaking, live set. Their shows are renowned for including psychedelic visuals that lay as the backdrop for their enigmatic vocals, hypnotic arrangements and psy-trippy synthetic rhythms. This is without a doubt the ideal recipe to get ‘infected’ this Saturday night! Get your tickets now.

Infected Mushroom Live

5. #UFCParty: Check out The Locker Room Pub

When: Something special every night! Check their party schedule.

Lets be honest: it’s hard to find a place that’s a ton of fun and doesn’t require you to spend every last penny.  But at The Locker Room Pub you’ll always find the best ingredients to make it a great night out. Pool tables, karaoke and sports are combined with amazing food, great music and a chill ambiance that does not disappoint. If you want to get your money’s worth, get there early and enjoy a delicious meal for less than $5 (3pm-7pm), then keep the party going with the rotating drink specials and an awesome selection of 12 beers on tap. For sports fans, The Locker Room offers many special nights broadcasting different events. On April 26th, they invite you to get your boxing gloves on and watch Jones vs Teixeira #UFC172 fight – get on the list with ClubZone.

PS: To all you instagram junkies: The Locker Room Pub has wifi. However, we encourage everyone to play the phone stacking game and maybe score a few drinks off your tech-addict friends ;)

The Locker Room Pub

Written by Carolina Galli

90s Superstar DJs: What Are They Up To Now?

Ever wondered what happened to the big, Superstart DJs from the 90s? Back then the scene was far less glamorous than nowadays, when champagne did not spraying, cake throwing was not a thing and boat crowd surfing wasn’t the norm. Artists used vinyls and it was all for the love of music, because they weren’t making millions anytime soon. Its not wonder that  many ended up drifting away from the profession, looking for something more stable; some, however, are still rocking many a dance floor the world over. We’ve tracked down some of our favorite and most beloved EDM pioneers to see what they are up to in 2014.

FATBOY SLIM

This Brighton DJ has probably crafted one of the most long-term, steady careers in the business. He paved the way for happy and cheerful electronic music that would take over beach parties and grow big in our hearts after deciding to ditch his role as a bassist for socialist indie band Housmartins and embrace his EDM love. Fatboy Slim is infamous for being banned from playing in his hometown for four years after an innocent gig in 2002 attracted 250,000  music lovers instead of the expected 60,000. Good music, beach… we can’t blame him! Since then, he has become became a household name in the industry and continues to disrupt the peace with his Big Beach Boutique insane parties around the world.

Fatboy Slim is one of the very first DJs to reach the superstar status, and his wild rock’n’roll party style would put Oasis’ Gallagher brothers to shame. After a period of depression after the breakup of this first marriage, he surrendered to a life of heavy drinking, partying and drugs. Behind the decks, he was always high and E was his favorite drug – he was famously crucified over his claims that the drug cured his depression. “A friend gave it to me one night and I woke up the next morning grinning,” he stated at the time.

Nowadays, he’s very different from the party animal that used to own a pad entitled House of Love and snort cocaine from the train rails behind his residence. He has sobered up and avoided drinking even a single drop of alcohol since his infamous rehab stay in 2009. “Rehab taught me that being an alcoholic you can’t drink responsibly… so you can’t drink at all. So that’s the choice I made: to quit booze for good.”

Fatboy’s latest single Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat has been destroying dance floors worldwide for a while now, and it’s one of the most played tracks in the big festivals at the moment. We likey.

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DANNY RAMPLING

The iconic British House Music DJ is known as one of the original founders of the rave/club scene in the UK. He joined the BBC family in 1994 to run “Lovegroove Dance Party” on Radio 1, which lasted until 2002, which was the second longest running dance music show in radio history just after Pete Tong’s Essential Selection. Shortly after, in 2005, Danny announced his retirement with plans to open a restaurant.

“When I was a DJ I’d play on the weekend then chill out all week, which was lovely during the 1990s. But as I entered my 40s I got very restless for change. The lifestyle involves a lot of touring, flying around the world, spending weeks away from home and when you have kids it’s not easy”, he claimed.

After doing some work experience in Gordon Ramsay’s kitchen, he aborted the project – we’re guessing Ramsay’s potty mouth might have scared him away. He then got involved in property development business, starting a company called Phoenix Trinity Design & Build. Even though he still does some gigs every once in a while since 2007, he spends his days building environmentally friendly houses.

The following year, Rampling released a book entitled ‘Everything you need to know about DJ’ing and success’, which serves as inspiration for the new breed of young DJs looking for guidance from a major player in the scene. Nowadays, you can catch him performing every now and then as a DJ, but his main focus remains with his eco-friendly company.

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DANNY TEGNALIA

This Grammy nominated New Yorker is synonymous with outstanding remixes of 90’s pop anthems, from Madonna’s ‘Human Nature’ and Grace’s ‘Not Over Yet’, to Cher’s ‘All or Nothing’ and Jamiroquai’s ‘Emergency On Planet Earth’. Ah, the memories! In 1998, he graced NY with his presence during a residency at the massive club Tunnel and released ‘Elements’, a track from his album ‘Tourism’, that would top Billboard Dance Charts for two weeks.

Danny had an incredibly successful career, gracing the decks of the main festivals and nightclubs around the globe with his deep disco-fueled house sound and the hard-twisted techno for over three decades. If you were lucky enough might have seen him at places like  Webster Hall, Roxy, Pachá and Miami’s WMC .

In 2012, he posted on his Facebook page saying that he was “resigning” and took a break that, lucky for us, didn’t last too long. Nowadays he has been DJing around and you can catch him playing live every week somewhere in the US.

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UNDERWORLD

It’s not easy to find a group of musicians that lasts as long as the legendary Underworld. It’s been 27 years since they decided to venture into the music industry as a trio and 15 since the launch of their debut single ‘Mother Earth’/‘The Hump’.

Their guitar-oriented, funky sound with electro twists that blends techno, dub, trance, drum’n’bass, ambient and even blues, took the world by storm and has influenced a broad array of artists. They have been featured in soundtracks and film scores, television, and even the 2012 London Summer Olympics. One of the most successful releases of the British boys was, without a doubt, the band’s 1996 album, “Second Toughest in the Infants”. The release included the colossal anthem of a generation ‘Born Slippy.NUXX’, featured in the iconic film ‘Trainspotting’, alongside ‘Dark & Long (Dark Train)’, off the same album. Talk about legendary!

After the departure of Darren Emerson in 2001, Rick Smith and Karl Hyde kept the project alive with many successful releases, including a massive 10-year compilation titled ‘Underworld 1992-2002’. In 2005, Smith and Hyde launched the ‘Riverrun’ project, which delivered brand new music directly to their fans via the internet- three separate works have been released so far.

The electronic band has also started broadcasting an online radio show inspired by their time spent waiting for the emblematic John Peel at the BBC in 2004, who, left for a on holiday in Peru and sadly never returned. In 2013, they produced a four-hour show broadcasted live from Frankfurt’s Cocoon club with Sven Väth – hopefully the first of many more to come.

Underworld is about to release a new album this May on Warp Records. ‘Someday World’ contains nine songs, composed and sung by Eno & Hyde together with a highly distinguished cast of talented supporting musicians. “It’s a bit like being nine years old again. You have no idea what you’ve just been given, the record button has been pressed and you’re on. And then these unlikely patterns start to happen. The biggest surprise was discovering we both had a love of Afrobeat, Cyclical music based in live playing. When Brian played me these early tracks it was, ‘Oh my god, this is home! Can I borrow a guitar?”, said Karl Hyde.

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Written by Carolina Galli

5 Moments That Make It A Perfect Night Out

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What makes a perfect night out? For each person it’s a different combination: some hit the club for the music and, if everything else fails,  will still consider it the party of their lives – especially if they’re crazy about the artist (guilty!). Some go for the booze – either planning on getting blackout on the cheapest open bar in town (we’ve all done that) or by enjoying fancy cocktails from their favorite bartender. Others go for the booties – no explanation needed.

Still, there are certain things that take your night to the next level every time, those things that determine whether or not you ditch your Netflix night in favor of a hangover. But trust us, after reading this you’ll be starting the countdown for the weekend with us!

1. Meeting New People

How cliché, right? But partying is, indeed, one of the best ways to get to know new people. If you’re attending the same party, you at least have one interest in common – so, there you have it: a conversation starter.

These are the people who can later become great friends or simply party acquaintances for when all your other whipped friends won’t go out or your broke ones scraping together coins until the next pay day. Not to mention that if you have enough charisma, you can even get in a little networking – you never know when you’ll find a friend of a friend of a friend might just help you out in the future. And yeah, we’re including a possible fling here as well. Make sure that, if you go with a group of friends, you’re open to mingle with others – that’s how you make friends!

PS: this only really works if you see that new “bff” again. Get some numbers before you lose your phone!

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2. Getting away from reality

Why is everyone always counting down to the weekend? We aren’t all lucky enough to be able to shell out for partying during the week (or deal with the consequences). Being a semi-adult means sometimes worrying about the ungodly early hour that we’ll have to wake up the next day. So find the perfect spot to spend your precious night off and forget about all the bull for a good, long while.

Parties – nightclubs in particular – are a world apart from reality. You can surrender to the music, listen to other people yap about their own lives and just plain old forget about yourself for a while – so embrace the moment and enjoy the trip. A few drinks always do the trick, but don’t over do it, because hangovers are your worst enemy. PS: extra points if you are able to control the urge to tweet every 5 mins about how amaaaazing your night has been, suckers!

3. Having problem-solving epiphanies

Whether it is with your friends, the bartender or that new “bff” you met in the bathroom – and already invited to your birthday party next week (because she totally gets you, you know?) – having deep conversations about… anything is very liberating. It might be about the last movie you saw, and you’re still debating the ending, or maybe what you will do with your life after you quit your dead-end job and follow your dream to become a <insert here>. But, look, there’s a very thin line between being an interesting insightful human being who can listen to other people’s opinions and being an arrogant know-it-all douche. Don’t be that guy!

PS: These life-changing insights start coming after the third drink, right about the same time as everyone in the bar within a 5-foot radius becomes more attractive – and you, even more charming, funny and witty.

4. Discovering a new favorite song

This one is for the music junkies: there’s nothing more rewarding than listening to a great track for the first time at the right place. Call us old-fashioned, but music is the fuel of a great night. Even if you don’t pay attention to it entirely, even if you’re not the kind that chooses the place solely for the music, a disastrous soundtrack affects your overall experience. But from time to time the rare perfect storm comes together, between a sip or two a song will hypnotize you and give you the uncontrollable urge to beg the DJ for the name of that perfect jam. It will be the song you’ll play on repeat for the next week, annoying your neighbors and powering your push-ups at the gym. PS: Make sure to have a great pair of headphones or speakers to relive the ultimate club experience. In the case of the latter, we encourage you to not give a rat’s ass about your neighbor (we kid, we kid).

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5. Tasting the best. food. ever.

After long night of drinking, we all know the end game: your stomach becomes a bottomless pit around 3 a.m. leading to you screaming from the mountaintops for your “DAMN PIZZA!”.  That very first mouthwatering bite of that luscious burrito, pepperoni pizza, greasy poutine or ultra-cheesy mac’n’cheese tastes better than anything you have ever tried in your entire life! Who cares about that healthy diet you started last Monday? You want all the greasy carbs you can take because that food, my friend, will never be as great as when you eat it drunk. Oh, the munchies!

Have we convinced you to start planning your next night out yet? Check out our upcoming parties and choose your favorite. Whether you incorporate one or all five of these moments, we know its going to be an awesome night.

Written by Carolina Galli