Club Reports: AC Sky Bar, McQueens Social Bar, Embassy Irish Bar, Elixir Bar

SunTrust Plaza is the new home of SunTrust Bank downtown and beginning on the 18th floor of the same building, the brand new AC Hotels by Marriott.
From the building’s ground floor lobby, elevators bring you up to Floor 18 which is where the hotel’s Reception Desk is located at one end.
And this beautiful lobby bar is located inside at the other end.
And stepping outside through that door brings you to AC Sky Bar.
Ample but completely full seating on their balcony makes an early arrival a great idea.
From up here, even the I-4 / SR 408 ramps are romantic. Well, maybe only to road geeks. But it’s still impressive.
There’s also a great view of Amway Center where near the top of that green tower is home to another rooftop venue, Skylounge at Amway Center. (Formerly 180 Grey Goose Lounge and 180 Sky Top Lounge.) We understand they’re only open on event/game nights though. During prior visits to AC Sky Bar they had a DJ playing House music but last night a 1-man band was packing up upon my 10PM arrival so not sure why they would switch that. The peeps want House music!
Quick visit for a drink at McQueens Social Bar.
DJ Freefall (USA) playing Hip Hop from the 3rd floor perch.
Bullitt Bar is on the ground floor and McQueens is on the 2nd & 3rd levels. It’s home to that great gold skull selfie-wall.
McQueens has three bars and they were all jammed last night.
Embassy Irish Bar is a regular stop now on the downtown circuit. But you won’t hear many Irish jigs here.
DJ AfrodisiaX (USA) was in the booth upon my arrival.
Last night was all about Breaks and the entire bar was busy.
DJ Spark-D (USA) would take over shortly thereafter.
Breaks have not really had a downtown home since Suite B / Peek Downtown closed in 2019 so this seems to be a great spot.
Dance floor action began to pick up!
DJ Robotic (USA) took over after midnight!
Spotted on the patio: Elaina & Stacey
Spotted by the bar: DJ Amygurl (USA) and DJ Celestial (USA)
Spotted on the dance floor: Athena & Travis
Spotted by VIP: Dorsey with friend
Spotted at the entrance: Jamie and Lexi
Based in Miami, we last saw Robotic play at the highly acclaimed “Breaks at the Beach” event in February.
Robotic had the dance floor bouncing! Really great set! Come check out Old Skool Breaks tonight here at Embassy with DJ Jimmy Joslin (USA).
Last stop, Elixir Bar.
Where their famous outdoor patio was the place to be and I walked into THIS!
Everyone here for DJ Technasia (HK/F).
Dance floor was packed!
Not too warm and not too cool, it was a perfect night to be outside.
His set was on that bridge between Techno and House I would call Tech House.
We last saw Technasia in 2016 at Eve Nightclub.
Last night he was fully animated with lots of smiles and lots of bouncing!
It’s always a great show when the headliner is getting into it too!
Spotted on the dance floor: Babita with her Night Crew.
That look you get from great Techno.
Everywhere I went last night, a good time was had by all.