BY: CARI TRETINA
White leather, a waterfall and dancers are all visions of a Vegas club. Now, Richmond bar-goers can experience those sights.
Sapphire Night Club, located on Main Street, is the newest edition to Richmond’s bar scene as of mid-November 2012. As already stated, this club has a modern ambience with such amenities as white leather furniture and an in-wall waterfall behind the main bar.
Jack VanWinkle, the owner of Sapphire, said he wanted to bring a different, upbeat club to Richmond to spice up the nightlife.
“It has all the style and class of a night club in a bigger city,” Vanwinkle said. “But it is right here in Richmond.”
Probably one of the most noticeable attractions is the bartending dancers. Occasionally, the female bartenders will grace the nightclub customers with a sway of their hips and a hair flip on the two bars on the main floor of Sapphire.
If you don’t approve of the lovely ladies’ dance skills, then you can show off your own dance moves on the dance floor. Even better, across from the main bar is a second story, stand-alone dance platform big enough for you and two friends.
Alan Nowax, 23, accounting major from Lexington, said he has found his new favorite club.
“Sapphire is where it is at,” Nowax said. “It makes me feel like I’m living large.”
Additionally, Sapphire doesn’t have just one floor of entertainment like other bars around town; in the back of the nightclub is a second-level lounge with just as much class and sophistication as the ground floor, with just a little bit more privacy.
Students aren’t the only people enjoying the new establishment. VanWinkle said the different and fresh atmosphere of Sapphire makes the club “appealing to all ages and publics.”
A local Richmond resident, Rebecca Holson, said she enjoyed the diverse population going out to Sapphire.
“You don’t see the same people there all the time but everyone who goes is there to have a good time,” Holson said.
The other appealing aspect of Sapphire is its wide array of drinks and specials. Anything from an imported beer, a bourbon shot or even cocktail is available.
As of right now, the club is sticking to a D.J. However, this is by no means hindering the entertainment. Sapphire has already had quite a few themed nights, such as a Christmas and graduation party.
With all the single ladies- and men for that matter- in mind, the establishment is hosting a “Black Hearts Anti-Valentine’s Party.” Instead of being lonely, come join the fun beginning 9 p.m. on Feb. 14 at Sapphire Night Club.
Coming from the mouth of owner VanWinkle, “If you don’t have anyone, come party with us.”
To get a new Richmond bar experience, check out Sapphire Night Club 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday.