If you've lived in Downtown Raleigh during its rehabilitation over the past few years you know that despite the abundance of new restaurants and places to perch at a bar and grab a beer, there are a few things missing. Retail is still an enigma and despite the multiple music venues in the downtown area, there are almost zero places to dance. Since its inception this February, the monthly Discovery dance party at King's Barcade has been trying to change one of those things.
Words by Meredith Burgess; photos by Tyrone Demery
I first heard about Discovery through a good friend and DJ, Henry Lancaster. The party has been generating a lot of buzz in downtown Raleigh as of late, and it's definitely promoting itself as one of the best dance parties at this venue. For a while, Five Star’s Dirty Mega dance party was the place to be—not only because it was on First Friday, but because it was one of the biggest dance parties downtown. With Discovery occurring later in the month, the downtown scene now has a second party to attend. There's a fairly wide age range checking it out, from about 18 to 30, and based on the number of attendees I've witnessed there's a chance that Discovery could outgrow Kings.
Discovery provides what you would expect from a party—it's a place to dance, drink, hang out, and listen to music—but it also provides the chance for Raleigh’s downtown to feel more like a community. Downtown Raleigh can feel very small, and at the same time spread out. Events like Discovery bring us together.
I would recommend Discovery to anyone looking to explore downtown Raleigh nightlife, especially anyone of a younger demographic. Go to see friends, meet new people, and support a growing creative community in downtown Raleigh. And if Discovery ever decides to expand to two parties a month, they shouldn't have any trouble filling the space.
Maybe a dedicated dance venue is in Downtown Raleigh's near future. We can only hope.