Tonight I got my first glimpse inside “Knight Klub”, but before I indulge, allow me to retrace the footsteps of this journey…
Aaahhhh, The Octagon. Home of my beloved “Shit Show Saturdays”. The Octagon, which was formerly know as “Pounders”, opened approximately seven years ago when UCF area bars were in there prime. This was before UCF had the GPA requirements they do now, and every UCF student was a fuck-up. Pounders had a celebrated male staff made up of the most well known frat boys in the area. The lines were around the building, the flip-flops were floppin’, and the pink shirts were collar-poppin’.
Fast forward to early ’07. Business was so good that the management decided to remove the notorious center bar to raise the capacity limit. Two large bars were built on each end of the building. The plan backfired, and all the empty space created an eerie warehouse feel. Pounders just wasn’t the same. After a few months of suffering business, Pounders management decided to close down shop and re-model, bringing back the “center bar”, and re-opening as “The Octagon”.
The Octagon’s reign in the UCF area was short lived. The space was much more attractive than it had ever been in the past, but they were hurt by the high profile opening of “TDs”, which was coincidentally the same week, and the other UCF area bars that offered all-you-can-drink specials at ridiculous prices. Despite the challenges, “The Octagon” still commanded a loyal following. “Shit Show Saturdays”, the anything goes weekly shit-fest, thrown by myself and the rest of the OCC crew proved to be one of the most successful weekly parties in the area, bringing in a rotating DJ line-up, and a semi-electro open music format which introduced the area to a different type of party. This weekly party proved to be the biggest breath of fresh air from the regular dude-brofests the area may have ever seen.
Once again the space at 10028 University Blvd is undergoing change, this one being the biggest yet. A new team has taken over the room, composed of a lot of familiar and respected nightlife vets. The main focus here is customer service and treating your paying, loyal clientéle with respect, something that is dreadfully rare in the UCF area, and the rest of Orlando for that matter. They aren’t a sports bar that is trying to pose as a club like the other area bars, no identity crisis here, and the name “Knight Klub” says it all. They have a lot of interesting plans in mind, which will be unveiled through opening week.
Visually they’re making some major changes as well, adding a second high-end bar, and a few other major changes they are not ready to announce. The new sound and lighting system will be the best in the UCF area, Including eight state-of-the-art computer controlled lighting rigs, and a breath taking strategically placed sound system. They are still making some tweaks as I write this, but you can expect the best when you walk in Knight Klub for the first time.
So now you ask, “What about my favorite Saturday night party, Shit Show Saturdays??” Shit Show will be remaining a similar party, but will be reincarnated as “Snatch Saturdays”. Details will be coming throughout the next few days, but you can rest assured music format will be staying the same, as well as the DJ line-up of myself and DJ dLux. Re-Launch will be THIS SATURDAY NOVEMBER 1st and we will be celebrating with FREE DRINKS AND BEER ALL NIGHT. Keep checking back for major updates over the next few days.