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Club 31-11 Opens on Columbia Pike

by ARLnow.com January 7, 2011 at 4:32 pm 3,253 24 Comments

Nightlife on Columbia Pike has just gotten a bit more vibrant with the addition of Club 31-11, a nightclub, hookah bar, lounge and pool hall all rolled into one.

Club 31-11 (3111 Columbia Pike) is housed in a two-story building that was formerly home to an Ethiopian restaurant. It features Latin fusion cuisine and multiple DJ stations in an eclectically-decorated, two floor building. It opened for the first night of publicly-announced music and dancing last night, as first reported by a new blog called Pike Town Center.

Manager Moe Aniba says the club will host parties and events on weekends. He said more details will be released once the establishment’s web site launches.

Aniba said he’s still in the process of putting the finishing touches on the club’s interior and sounds systems.

  • Piker

    Until they redo their exterior it won’t work. It still has to much of that wierd, “I-don’t-wanna-go-there” look.

    • ArlingtonS

      I agree

    • Clarendip

      Hm, yea. I ended up there one night when it was Ethiopian. They’d turn it into a dance floor late at night. So there I was, dancing with Ethiopian folks, and then I left, and tripped right over that awful curb in the foreground. Ouch. My knee still hasn’t recovered.

      • Sounds like a mousetrap for histper doucheies

    • Cat

      Agreed x 2. It’s not inviting at all. Looks like the kind of place you might go to get stabbed.

  • Novanglus

    Nightclubs don’t last too long in Virginia. They’ll need to sell more “latin fusion cuisine” than alcohol if they hope to keep their ABC license.

  • DeeDee

    I live within walking distance of the Pike, and this is not what I am looking for. We need more restaurants, not nightclubs.

  • KalashniKEV

    It looks rather hellish… and hookahs!?!??

    OMGosh!!

    • nadnerb

      every place is adding hookahs. they think it’s the thing to do. the new place adam’s corner is doing the same thing

      • mehoo

        Hookahs are soooooo 2003. You can get them in Courthouse now (at Gua-Rapo).

  • Skeptical

    If I see the word “vibrant” applied to Arlington or any part of it many more times I may vomit. You would think we were the sex toy capital of America the way people carry on.

    I remember when this place was Coco’s Italian restaurant — the first place I was ever taken out to eat in fact. A bad spaghetti palace but that was what we had in those days. I am quite glad you can now get various Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines hereabouts, but do we really need a hookah bar? That seems more like something for the Clarendon “I’m young and I have a Visa card” strip.

    • Amen brother.

      Bring back Giffords.

    • mehoo

      You don’t get it – the Pike is becoming Clarendonized. You can’t stop it. Just rename it the Clarendon Turnpike, or Columbodon.

  • coco no more

    wow, coco’s. in high school that is where trouble went.

    So the Pike gets 3-11 and Rosslyn get 7-11. And they south arlington gets all the bad stuff.

  • Arlingtonian

    Weird, I thought it had already opened – saw cops, fire trucks, the works all over the place there sometime around 3 AM on New Year’s Eve as I was coming back from a party, with a huge crowd standing outside the club in the parking lot and cops interviewing people etc. I must’ve missed something in the crime report.

  • paint

    the exterior definitely needs to be correct – the “sign” looks like a 14 year old did it.

  • Carol

    I agree on the look of the exterior. Great faux paint job, but the sign on the chimney is too small to see. Also, the blacked out windows and no clear entrance (which door to take?) spell sketchy to me, even though it’s probably a perfectly reputable place.

  • Mothership

    I’m gonna take a wild guess here and bet that this establishment’s target audience is not Clarendon yuppies. Maybe a little bit of Third World funk in the capital of the free world? Icky to see the pile-on before the place actually opens. That said, isn’t it amazing the way they got the color to exactly match raw plywood!

  • NorthArlSnob

    Columbia Pike is a cesspool. I can only imagine the clientele this place will attract.

    • KalashniKEV

      I just had a second thought about this place-

      If they let you bring your own spray paint and constantly redo, or add to the interior ghetto-ness, it might be more interesting than Artisphere…

  • HappyNsthArl

    I guess NORTHARLSNOB has no memory of what a CESSPOOL the whole stretch of Wilson Blvd was not long ago…. We like our CESSPOOL, our mix of cultures, income levels….. Comments like yours make me think that Arlington is becoming more and more like Prince William County….
    Keep the North Arlingtonization out of South Arlington.

  • DEEZNUTZ

    YOU PEOPLE SOUND LIKE YOU HAVE NO IDEA ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT THE PLACE LOOKS NICE AND IS VERY CLEAN COMPARED TO WHEN IT WAS “COCOS” THIS OWNER LOOKS LIKE HE KNOWS WHAT HE IS DOING AND I WILL NOT JUDGE IT UNTIL I ACTUALLY GO THERE.

  • PEOPLEWITHOUTSHOES

    I AGREE ^ COCO WASN’T MAINTING IT AND WHOEVER TOOK OVER AFTER THEM AND NAMED IT 31-11 CLUB SEEMS LIKE HE’S STARTING FROM SCRATCH BUT WILLING TO FIX IT UP NICE. I LIKE THEIR THOUGHTS INTO IT TRYING TO MAKE IT POPULAR SO EVERYONE CAN SEE NO ONE GOOD THING OR TWO BUT MORE. ITS THEIR FOR PEOPLE TO DRINK.SMOKE.DANCE.LAYBACK.PLAY POOL AND EVEN TO CHECK OUT THE ART. I ACTUALLY LIKE WHAT THEY DID TO THE POOL ROOM. SEEING HANDMADE ART IS AMAZING. WE DON’T SEE THAT NOW AND DAYS. BUT THEY ONE OUTSIDE IS HORRIBLE! I WOULD WANT TO SEE IT NICE AND BIG! HIRE THAT ARTIST AGAIN THAT DID THE POOL ROOM. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO GET TO KNOW THAT ARTIST AND CHECK OUT MORE OF HIS WORK.

  • SouthArlingtononian

    I am from South Arlington and proud of it… however, the two ignorant fools who wrote above me give the people who are talking trash about this place a reason to do so (Something tells me, based on your verbage and lack of punctuation skills that you are someone who will frequent this place).

    Oh… and agreed, Wilson Blvd used to be a cess pool, however, they got developers to come in there and make something of it. It’s places like this that are opened in South Arlington which bring the property values down. This should have honestly been opened somewhere on Route 7…

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