Sanctum's Opening in Pictures

Categories: Opening/Closing
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Benjamin Leatherman
Check out more pics from Sanctum's opening weekend here.
There's something of a debate going on in the comments section of our blog from a few weeks ago about the opening of new dance club Sanctum. Amongst the comments about whether or not the establishment is a benefit to the surrounding Melrose district, an Up on the Sun reader by the name of "chrisb" stated his opinion that Sanctum "looks like a dump" based on the picture we'd posted of the then-work-in-progress club.

Boy, was "chrisb" ever wrong. We got an opportunity to check out the interior of Sanctum during its "soft opening" and this past weekend and were blown away by what we saw. Owner Steven Rogers (who also built Amsterdam and Palazzo) molded Sanctum's décor and design to be a pastiche of baroque church-like influences, Dionysian flair, and Pagan touches. It's the kinda place where the wanna-be Wiccans and satyrs of the Valley will undoubtedly enjoy partying.

Take a look for yourself at what Sanctum has to offer in our slide show.

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Cole Shores
Cole Shores

Ive had 2 really poor experiences at this place.  Went with a group of 10 people about 2 months ago, one of my friends does not drink.  The bounced her out for not buying enough drinks so my group of 10 people left.  I chocked it up to that maybe they had the liquor board walking through the place.. so I gave it a second chance.  Went with 3 people, we paid our 5 dollar cover and had 1 drink at the bar.  The card declined so we paid cash and tipped the bar tender.  We had money on us but thats not the point.  They kicked us out an hour later because they thought we where not spending enough money.  We where dancing and hanging out, like people do when they go out to night clubs.  Its a really poor management decision in both cases to screw over your repeat clientele.. being part of the goth/fetish community we will not be back, and will tell as many people as we can about our experience there.

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