Club Reports: Bellhop, Fixtion, Proper, Barbarella

This is the EDC-Orlando Daisy art culpture located at the corner of Orange Avenue and Pine Street downtown. It serves as a reminder that EDC Weekend is now less than 2 weeks away! 1-Day and 3-Day passes are on sale here and also be aware that Saturday often sells out so if you’re thinking of going, you might not want to wait.
And this was downtown last night! It was great to be back in DTO and we decided to only visit Orlando’s newer clubs; those that have opened in the past two years.
We began at Bellhop, the hotel-themed venue that opened in April, 2022 in space formerly occupied by a Subway franchise.
Come to the mid-20th century themed hotel lobby to get your room key…..and maybe a drink!
We found DJ B8TS (USA) in the booth playing light Hip Hop during our visit.
The staff was dressed in their Halloween finest.
Next stop Fixtion which opened August, 2022 in the former Sideshow spot.
We walked into THIS!
Saturday night resident DJ Hype (USA) was in the booth playing mostly EDM and Top 40 EDM remixes.
This guy in the lighting/sound booth looked very familiar!
Of course there were costumes!
Next it was over to Proper which opened in March of this year in the former Vyce nightclub spot.
We walked into THIS!
Upon arrival, we found DJ Andre Mack (USA) in the booth playing Top 40 classics.
He would alternate with DJ Black Suede (USA).
At Proper the DJ’s only play off vinyl. The shelves have plenty of club-owned albums but the DJ’s typically bring their own as well.
There’s plenty of top shelf liquor…..literally and figuratively.
The dance floor stayed packed.
Our fourth and final stop last night was at Barbarella. They used to be located downtown but moved to this spot off John Young Parkway in April, 2022. You won’t find any Barbarella signs outside; you have to look for this Clearone Badminton sign on the building! You see, it’s located in a badminton and pickleball facility.
Already after 1AM, we walked into THIS!
DJ Rob Bates (USA) was in the booth delivering 80’s New Wave and Alternative.
Barbarella is only open on Saturday nights for New Wave but they also open on the second Friday of each month for Industrial and other darker genres.
You can always wear your favorite color here… long as your favorite color is black!
Spotted on the dance floor: Rosie the Riveter and Jessica Rabbit.
Everywhere we went last night, a good time was had by all.