Carri Phillis and Robert Ganster are busy bees when it comes to converting empty downtown spaces into something cool (their most recent acquisition is the Downtown Indoor Flea Market). Opened in June 2010, the Effex Nightclub (across from the KiMo Theater) in Albuquerque, provides huge entertainment, literally.
Dance floor at Effex — Photo courtesy of Richard Oliva- Effex Albuquerque
The club has a whopping 5,000 square feet in the main room downstairs, 2,000 square feet on the rooftop patio and an amazing 3,500 square feet in a new upstairs lounge, which just opened in June of this year. With two different DJ's both upstairs and down playing primarily dance music, with a variety of sub genres thrown in, it's the perfect dance club, and unlike other Albuquerque clubs with a smaller feel, Effex holds almost 1,000 patrons. Plenty of room to bump, grind and swing that hair.
Inside Effex club in Albuquerque — Photo courtesy of Richard Oliva- Effex Albuquerque
A very cool tunnel leads guests from the entrance to the main dance floor, complete with stage. The club has different weekly events, such as Circus Thursdays (go go dancers hanging from hoops over the dance floor), Glam Fridays and Elevate Saturdays. Effex also plays host to many special events, such as fundraisers and birthday (free dance) parties, for instance, such as the one held recently by the Weekly Alibi, the local alternative entertainment and events newspaper.
Bar at the Effex Lounge — Photo courtesy of Richard Oliva- Effex Albuquerque
Patrons love the new upstairs lounge with its swank leather furniture and slightly quieter atmosphere. You can actually have a conversation here without yelling over the music, but can still hear the tunes coming in from the outside patio dance floor. In the winter, the club sets up a tent covering, complete with lots of heaters, so even the biggest diehard dancers can still keep the dance floor hot.
Come see why Albuquerque voted Effex best Dance Club in the annual Weekly Alibi poll, Best of Burque. When it comes to nightlife in the Duke City, the Effex Nightclub is the happening dance club now.