Smokers – Rising from the Dead
When I saw that over one hundred people had “Tilted” for last week’s Smoker, let’s just say I was surprised. I thought most people liked to stay in on Thursday nights, telling themselves that they were going to have an easy night to get as much work done on Friday while accidentally watching the same episodes of the same sitcom they’ve seen hundreds of times until 3 AM while eating the same junk food they told themselves they’d give up in the New Year.
As a result, I felt it was my obligation to go and investigate what this phenomenon that was overcoming my colleagues was.
Thus, I ventured out on that unusually warm Thursday evening to said Smoker, which was being held at Trinity Social, the trendiest new club in Kingston. Expectations were rather low, knowing that Trinity used to be home to the infamous “Fluid”. Unlike previous Smokers at the Grizz, Fluid did allow non-law students in.
Thankfully, the club had cordoned off a special section for law students, so we didn’t have to interact with anyone outside of our program (terrifying to even imagine, I know) while still showing everyone else that we’re cool and exclusive (because the million dollar sealed study bunker wasn’t enough to show that).
The club itself had a bit of a weird layout. There are two dance floors but none of them were large enough – certainly not large enough for the traditional Queen’s Law dance circles. Also, one of them had a pillar sort of in the middle of it. The club isn’t very well lit and the ground was exceptionally grimy. It wrecked my shoes and reminded me – in a bad way – of the clubbing experiences I have had in Istanbul and London (England, duh).
On the plus side, the bar staff was really efficient/nice. The bathrooms and coat check are in this awkwardly large downstairs area, which was also a plus; if the men’s room at Ale House has taught us anything, it’s that you want to keep the bathroom away from the dance floor.
All-in-all it was a pretty great Smoker, one that should certainly make the people thinking of cutting more Smokers think twice. Sure, it did not rival the club experiences of my youth, where people would be chain-smoking cigarettes inside the club until 5 am and the walk home would involve jumping a few train tracks and following the scent of fresh croissants being prepared by hard working bakers. But I fear nothing will ever live up to those late summer nights in Southern France, when the world still seemed so simple.
Yann Grand-Clement (2L) is the co-Social Media Coordinator for Juris Diction.