My ears were ringing late Friday night for the first time in as long as I can remember.
The Rush, St. George’s newest nightclub located on 214 N. 1000 East, has a powerful combination of lights, music, drinks and other activities to warrant four out of five stars.
The club offers multiple theme nights Wednesday through Saturday, and I attended “College Night” Friday. The other theme nights are Western Wednesday, Ladies Night Thursdays and High School Night Saturday. Adults 18 and older can attend College Night, and anyone wearing DSU apparel between 8 and 9 p.m. can receive a Pepsi product for free.
The Pina Colada-flavored “Rush Slush” was well worth its $4 price tag. My taste buds thought they were feeling the sensation of pure delight I usually experience when I have the chance to drink a Slurpee from 7-Eleven. A friend who accompanied me to the club sampled the strawberry-flavored version of the slush and was just as impressed.
Although it may not seem like much, the fact I was able to keep the “Rush Slush” cup that it came in was a big selling point for me. Four dollars for a drink might seem a little steep, but a cup makes it worth it. The cup comes in four different colors—green, yellow, pink and blue—which gives me reason to return and collect all four.
The lack of alcohol might disappoint many club-goers, but considering I don’t drink and many college students are under the age of 21, this doesn’t diminish the overall experience of the club.
Lights and Music
If you’ve been to nightclubs in Las Vegas or Los Angeles, the lighting might not seem like anything out of the ordinary. For someone like me who is accustomed to on-campus dances and parties, this aspect of the club blew my mind.
My mind was forced into a seizure-like experience due to the eye-popping use of the club’s $1 million lighting system.
That’s right, $1 million was spent on the lights for this club. The style and variety of lights seen hanging in the club made me feel as if I was in some sort of futuristic science fiction movie. The assortment of bright colors displayed from the ceiling and the use of lasers and other lights made me believe that Han Solo would party there.
The music was also impressive. The Rush’s resident disc jockey Criss Beatz provided great mixes and mashups that invited those in the club to continue dancing all night long. The 10,000 square foot facility includes plenty of room for dancing, including a second-story catwalk that allows dancers to shake away the stress of school above the dance floor.
Ownership and Overall Experience
The most enjoyable part of the evening was being able to meet and interact with the owners. Co-owner Lawrence LiCausi proved to be a kind, cordial man who wants to provide a great nightlife for college students in the St. George area.
LiCausi and other employees of the club ensured every person in the club Friday night was enjoying him or her self. LiCausi greeted us at the entrance as my party and I arrived, and this spoke volumes of the man’s character. Most nightclub owners don’t bother greeting customers as they arrive, but rather leave that to the bouncers.
The overall experience of the club lured me in and has left me begging for more. Considering I am not the biggest “party guy,” this is saying quite a lot. The $10 admission is well worth it, considering I would probably spend that money on something ridiculous on a typical Friday night. I plan on returning, with more friends, at least one more time before I attend The Rush’s Halloween party, which sounds like it will be a great time. Multiple prizes will be given away Halloween night, including thousands of dollars in cash.
The only thing this club needs is all of the DSU student body to give it a visit. I’ll be the guy looking awkward but having a good time nonetheless.