There seem to be many conflicting reviews about Vinyl... First I'd like to clear One thing up... If you are going to dog club Vinyl and want to send a strong message don't include "I recommend you go to the Church instead" as part of your review because the Church and Vinyl are both owned by the same person "Regis" All you are doing is sending money to him via a different route. My personal point of view of Vinyl is they have good nights and they have bad nights, it all depends on what you are looking for. Vinyl and Church are both known for bringing in great electronic DJs and Hip Hop DJs like DJ Craze, Miguel Migs, Diplo, Kid Capri, Qbert, etc... But you have to realize this also means on certain nights they don't have a consistent DJ that plays everyweek . On other nights the DJs are more local, and on some nights the club actually rents out part of the club to private parties that bring in their own DJs. I've attended several of each of these kinds of parties. The DJ Craze event was one of my favorites he totally rocked the crowd and killed it on the turntables. There are a few nights wher I have been left very unimpressed by their DJs, their crowd control at the end of the night or by their bar staff, and other nights where they do everything perfectly and their DJs are on top of their game. The Breakz Party (the one people were talking about somewhere on here with the breakdance competition) was a great overall party, loved the DJs on that night, DJ Chonz was doing his thing, DJ Emir was killing it with hot remixes and DJ Sound Supreme warmed up all the breakdancers with some great breaks and oldschool hiphop. This was a great night with the rooftop completely packed out and great music that differed on three floors with house music on the first floor, techno breaks on the second and Hip Hop and reggae on the third floor rooftop. You don't find that kind of diversity at many Denver nightclubs. Now if you visit Vinyl on another night you might not get the same experience. Many times they only have two floors of music running with the top floor usually feeding a music downstairs to the second floor as well so you wont have as much diversity in the music. Especially on a night like reggae on the roof thursdays where despite the name of the night, the music is mostly Hip Hop and does not vary from floor to floor. My point is, you can't judge any club based on any One night in particular. granted anyone that has a bad experience will most likely not return unless they have also had a good expreience in the past. So my advice to all nightclub owners is to make sure your entertainment is top notch and make sure your staff, bartenders and bouncers all understand that treating your patrons well and providing great entertainment is the golden ticket to longevity in the nightclub industry.
The food was awesome, the drinks were good and the comedians were hilarious at least on the nights we went. The only thing I really hated was the spacing between the seats and the uncomfortable nature of the seats themselves. I'm a skinny lil gal myself and just having an average sized guy and average sized girl next to me made me feel clostrophobic due to the extremely packed nature of their seating. The first time we went I was utterly disapointed that the seating arrangements weren't set up as actual tables or booths but rather like ultra cheap movie seats (not the cool big ones they have these days) or worse yet school auditorium seating. After seeing comedy venues on TV in shows like Seinfeld and Family guy, as well as in reviews and magazines always looking more like a lounge setting with round tables, I was extremely disapointed in the seating arrangements, but that was my only complaint.
Proof Nightclub has a nice intimate setting with a decent sized dancefloor and a good sound system for it's size. The club has been focusing on playing music video's rather than music and it shows (pun intended) The DJs don't have the skills or the ability to rock the crowd the way more traditional DJs would. I'm aware there are some great video DJs out there, but these were definitely not them. I'd much rather have a good DJ play while some random crap is playing on the screens than have great music videos ruined by bad mixing and bad music choices that clear the dancefloor or never fully pack out the dancefloor. The best thing about the club is the free buffet on Fridays for the after work happy hour crowd. It's definitely a much older corowd than most clubs, but that doesn't mean they should get away with subpar entertainment, Oldschool heads still love to party.