Princess Darby’s Night Out
The choice for a quick night out was Hunters located in Elk Grove Village. (1932 E. Higgins, (847)-439-8840). Don’t ask me how to get there, all I remember was seeing outlet stores I frequented. (Princess Darby loves to shop!).
The large brightly lit sign is hard to miss. It reminded me of a banquet hall or Denny’s sign, but not as colorful.
The parking lot is huge, but not a huge as a few egos and other things which I can imagine. (There also was some entertainment in the lot, but I didn’t look.) This was a sign that this is a popular spot.
As you enter, there is a regular coat-check with the glass container for tips. I would think that the container would be full, but given the lack of warmth and smiles, I was not surprised it had only a single in it. Saying “hello”, I quickly put my tip in the container, took my ticket like a good Princess, and amusingly eyeballed the entertainment.
My hosts and I toured the bar areas and dance floor-which I was eager to get on! I noticed the guests were mostly male, the videos displayed butterflies between the fade in and out of pictures. It reminded me of the metamorphosis of life, and the metamorphosis from day to evening which resembled the guests at Hunters.
Sashaying from room to room, I found a billiards room with two dart boards, smiles, laughter, and a lot people enjoying themselves, being out for the evening-in one way or another. I would have liked to play pool or darts with this friendly group, they don’t hog the tables!
The dance floor had two podiums for dancing, although I believe that people should be auditioned before they are let out amongst the public to grind and sweat on you! You never knew whose pelvis would swing right into your face; on the other hand, someone else might rather enjoy it.
Perhaps it was an off night, but it was hard to get into the rhythm of the music. One good song would be playing, then there was a slow lead into another which made the “podium talent of the night” even hesitant.
Would it be too much to ask that single dancers be cognizant of others? These wailing arms, and shirtless sweaty chests need some talented guidance and above all, deodorant!
After an hour, a cocktail, and a couple dances, Princess had to leave-but wishes to go back for another evening to test out the ambiance and music.
Rating: 1-3 (1-no royal experience, 2- a royal experience, 3- a Princess experience.
First time: 2. Due to everyone’s intense interaction and enjoyment of the crowd. Be forewarned, it is smokey.