Whispers Lounge on 30th Avenue is a major improvement over its predecessor, the Boiler Room, a club plagued by violence and finally forced to close.
In fact, new owner Ambrose Brown almost bristles when I mention the previous occupant. He says his business is totally different, and I'd have to say from the looks of the place he is right.
The club is nicely designed, with a large tile dance floor. Along one wall, modern furniture decorates four conversation areas. Brown says the one with the cool, swirling couch is the VIP lounge. A long, attractively lighted bar sits on the other side of the dance floor.
Whispers had a DJ for the crowd expected Thursday, opening night of Black Spring Break. The young people were -- here's a surprise -- planning on getting a late start. I was there at 10:30 p.m. The owner and Black Spring Break organizers were milling around in anticipation of a crowd.
The new lounge quietly opened in January. Brown says they've had no problems. Whispers opens from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesdays through Fridays, for happy hour.
They have old school and blues bands on special Sundays, starting at 7 p.m. Now, that sounds like my kind of music. I'm going to check it out one Sunday evening after the kids go home. I know 50 is the new 30 and all that jazz, but I don't want to cramp their style!
Whispers has a facebook page. Check it out. We need more places to dance in this town!