If you happen to find yourself longing for the days when you could walk inside a dance club to the tune of Raspberry Beret by Prince and Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) by the Eurythmics, the new Fort Worth club Studio Eighty is right up your alley. Then again, it is possible you were not even born in the decade of decadence, but have a mild curiosity about Ronald Reagan, Rambo and Rodney Dangerfield.
Studio Eighty is located next door to the Grotto on the corner of University and 5th in the spot formerly occupied by Sardines Italian Ristorante. The first thing I spotted upon arriving at the eighties-themed club for its grand opening night was a DeLorean that immediately brought images of the Michael J. Fox classic, 1985's Back to the Future.
The interior will look familiar to those who frequented Sardines, save for the framed posters of eighties classics including Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Dirty Dancing, Bachelor Party, Raging Bull, Field of Dreams and Valley Girl. A Lone Wolf McQuade one sheet has a spot near the bar should there be a need to liven up the conversation with a Chuck Norris joke. In addition to the dance floor that is flanked by booths and couches to give it a 'lounge' vibe, there is a bar area to the immediate right of the entry and a covered patio outside facing University Drive. There is also a game room in the back featuring pool tables and renderings of Sylvester Stallone and Mr. T from 1982's Rocky III, band members of KISS and Rodney Dangerfield from 1980's Caddyshack.
Studio Eighty is certainly a unique addition to the Fort Worth nightlife scene that includes its fair share of Irish pubs and bar & grills. When you inevitably end up on the dance floor to the sound of 1983's Oscar-winning Best Original Song Flashdance...What a Feeling, take note of the good news that there is not a poster of the scariest movie I have ever seen, 1987's Fatal Attraction.
STUDIO EIGHTY 509 UNIVERSITY DR. FORT WORTH TX 76107 (817) 332-9937
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