New nightclub Twisted opens in downtown Columbus

There's a new place to shake your groove thang in downtown Columbus.

Twisted opens Friday night at 1111 Broadway, the location formerly known as Flip Flops. Ownership of the space has not changed.

Twisted, billed as an upscale dance club, boasts VIP areas and high-tech sound and lighting systems. The venue has multiple bars and is smoke-free inside. Smoking areas are available outside.

DJ Dizzy K, of Opera Nightclub in Atlanta, entertains Friday night at Twisted. DJ Rapko, who also has an Atlanta following, entertains on Saturday.

The interior has been remodeled since the space housed Flip Flops. One of the biggest changes is an emphasis on VIP sections. There's even an upstairs loft VIP space that lets guests party with extra privacy.

Guests at this weekend's grand opening have a chance to win a spot in a VIP section. Arrive by 10:45 p.m. to be entered in a drawing scheduled for 11 p.m. Drawings will be held both nights.

Eventually, a slide is expected to go inside the nightclub.

Despite the changes, some remnants of Flip Flops remain. The nightclub still sells some frozen drinks -- one of Flip Flops' signature features -- and has outdoor party areas.

Discussion time, nightlife fans: What do you think of the movement toward upscale venues on the local party scene?

Can Columbus support multiple upscale nightclubs? Would you shell out money to sit in a VIP section?

When I moved to here nearly six years ago, I heard the complaint often: "Columbus needs more upscale clubs." But when a few venues experimented with the idea, the demand didn't always match the fantasy.

People often like to fantasize about upscale nightlife -- but when it comes to asking them to pay more than the cost of a traditional night on the town, they back down.

Things have changed recently, however.

The VIP concept isn't entirely lost in Columbus. Make a party scene seem elite enough and people become more willing to stretch their wallets.

Click on this story at ledger-enquirer.com/todo to share your thoughts on upscale nightlife in Columbus.

The cover charge this weekend at Twisted is $8, or $12 to enter both Twisted and Bootleggers.

Nashville recording artist Rachel Timberlake performs this weekend at country bar Bootleggers, 1039 Broadway.

Sonya Sorich, reporter, can be reached at ssorich@ledger-enquirer.com or 706-571-8516.