Building From the Foundation Up
Smart Bar became a quick success. Groundbreaking DJs Frankie Knuckles and Joe Smooth would spin regularly while bands like Ministry and Trent Reznor showcased their new "industrial" music by playing tapes of freshly recorded tracks for the crowd. The club brought in DJs from every part of the world, as well as providing a space for local DJs to develop and grow. Smart Bar also developed a symbiotic relationship with Metro, the upstairs live music venue, hosting after party shows and allowing a space for rock and dance fans to mix and explore each other's music, as well as opportunities for DJs like Paul Oakenfold and Fatboy Slim to play the larger room upstairs.
Design and Sound For The Future
In early 2006, Smart Bar re-launched with a new design and new sound system. In collaboration with Joe Shanahan, interior architect Thomas Shoner designed Smart Bar's new interior design and layout which boasted more seating, dynamic colors, and a full wall mural showcasing the work of local artists. Smart Bar tapped Funktion One, the UK audio company responsible for legendary night club systems across the globe, to power the new dance floor.
To Be Continued...
In 2007, Metro and Smart Bar will celebrate 25 years of showcasing new and developing local artists, cutting edge DJs and new genres of music. With continued accolades year after year - most recently including AOL Cityguide's Best Dance Club and the 2006 Club World Awards Nightstalker Award for Best Underground Club -- Smart Bar has no intention of slowing down anytime soon.