The new night spot in York is a familiar stop for partiers.
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board did not renew the liquor license at the North York venue Club XS in early 2012. The nightclub went up for sale last summer after a lengthy court battle.
Last month, a local entertainment group leased the 11,246-square-foot space and renamed it The Belmont Banquet and Entertainment Venue. The facility is available to be rented for wedding receptions, church gatherings, Zumba classes, business meetings, reunions and other events.
But on weekends, The Belmont caters to clubbers.
Sky Premiere Upscale Nightlife takes over on Friday nights. Deejays spin Top 40, R&B, hip-hop, reggae, throwback and dance tunes. The music is broadcast live on WVYC-FM (99.7).
La Isla - a Latin dance party - rents the space Saturday nights.
Doors open at 10 p.m. for both parties. Cover is $10 until 12:30 a.m. and more after. The parties are for those 21 and older with proper ID. Security is on hand, and the dress code bans boots, plain T-shirts and head attire. Coats, jackets and oversized bags must be checked. The venue does not have a liquor license, so its events are BYOB.
Aaron Williams, aka DJ Smash, helps coordinate the entertainment. He said the inaugural parties for Sky and La Isla brought hundreds of people to The Belmont.
"They loved the building (and) the staff and hosting services," he added.
Patrons can bring in a bottle and check it in with staff, who will pop it, serve it and put it on ice if needed. Soda, juices, water and energy drinks are for sale at the venue's three beverage stations. The Belmont also offers a large dance floor, pool tables, flat screen TVs and VIP areas, which can be rented for the night.
Tonight, the venue will host its first College Night Party. Patrons can revel in a glow-in-the-dark theme. DJ Exel and DJ Knowledge will take over the turntables. The college nights, which offer discount admission with college ID, are slated to continue every Thursday. Partiers must be at least 18 to enter.
The idea, Williams said, is to attract people of all ages and ethnicities. He added that entertainment offerings are likely to expand as The Belmont books more rentals.
Rapper DMX and other artists are slated to hit the stage Saturday. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the music starts at 8 p.m. La Isla will follow the concert. And Williams said an Oct. 25 costume party will haunt the hall a few days before Halloween.
- ERIN McCRACKEN,
College Nights kick off
Tonight is the first College Night Party at The Belmont Banquet & Entertainment Venue, 36 W. 11th Ave., York. Doors open at 9 p.m. for the glow-in-the-dark, 18-and-older event. Cover is $5 with college ID; $10 for the public.
Sky Premiere Upscale Nightlife parties are Friday nights and La Isla - Latin dance parties - run on Saturdays. For details, call 717-668-8032 or 717-478-4133 or visit belmontbanquets.com.
Rapper DMX will headline an artist showcase event Saturday at The Belmont. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the music starts at 8 p.m. Other artists on the lineup include DJ Image, Da Wolf and Madsin. Tickets to the 21-and-older event are $25 in advance and $45 at the door. Visit loudnationwildlife.com.