The month of October wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a swanky, spooky club in the heart of Portland, one of Maine’s trendiest cities. Bubba’s Sulky Lounge is a popular dance club, well known for its Friday night 80’s theme. While the promise of a flashback to the 80’s might be a driving force for people of all ages to make their way to the club, it could be Bubba’s décor that equally draws a crowd. After stepping into the club’s interior, I was greeted to a large round bar and spacious room. I took note of the pool tables and perfectly situated tables. But what really caught my attention were the plethora of antiques, cobwebs, mannequins, and life-sized monsters and beasts that occupied all corners and walls of the room. It was like the club was placed within R. L. Stine’s neglected attic.

Further into the club was another room that sported a dance floor that slowly changed colors, from red to blue. The bizarre décor continued through this room to the last room which was reserved for private parties. Luckily for me, I had been invited to a family member’s 30th birthday party so I had the privilege of experiencing the reserved space. This section of the club was a replica of the rest of the club, just slightly smaller. While Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” crooned over the room’s speakers, I explored the many nuances of the room, taking note of the antique bicycles wrapped in cobwebs, the faded vintage characters of Snap, Crackle, and Pop hanging on the wall by the dance floor, and the life-sized werewolf guarding the entrance to a small nook. The nook housed the prone figures of mannequins and various items.

The bar was long and lit by lights shaped like antique gas lamps hanging overhead. At the end of the bar were dusty, vintage typewriters. I could just imagine someone sitting at one of these typewriters and using it to write a horror story based off the club’s environment. To say Bubba’s Sulky Lounge is one of the most unique night club’s I have ever been to would be accurate. The clash of vintage and antique décor coupled with the spooky accents of cobwebs, mannequins, and characters popular in modern and past horror stories and films provided a considerably unique environment. The mix of modern and 80’s attired club goers also provided a unique element to the club.

If you’re looking for something different, unique, and trendy, and are also in the mood to get down to some of the best hits from the 80’s, I would suggest checking out Bubba’s Sulky Lounge in Portland, Maine. I will warn you, however, that the drink prices are reflective of the slightly more expensive atmosphere of Portland. I would suggest making sure to come prepared to spend a pretty penny or two on alcoholic beverages.

Give Bubba’s Sulky Lounge a visit some Friday night and I promise you won’t be disappointed!


See my other adventure to Portland here!

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