Tonic Nightclub of Columbia Missouri Will Close Its Doors for Good
After 16 years as one of Columbia’s best known destinations, Tonic Nightclub announced its closing before the next school year.
The City of Columbia has undergone a lot of change over the past few years. The change will continue this coming school year with the closing of one of the city’s most infamous hangouts: Tonic Nightclub.
Vox Magazine reported last week that Tonic’s last day will be Friday, June 16. Although the club is closing down, Vox’s report hints that there aren’t any plans to sell the property just yet. If the owners held onto to the building and redeveloped it for a new project, it would be quite different than the route they took with Quinton’s Bar and Deli.
Quinton’s, which was adjacent to Tonic, was sold to Fields Holdings LLC last year. The new owners then took down the three-story building to make room for the Rise Apartments.
Whether the owners decide to replace Tonic with a new business or not, students and young alumni won’t forget their time there any time soon. The club featured an industrious set-up, with two floors and multiple VIP service areas. In addition, the dance floor was spacious and filled with fun lights and upbeat dance music.
Tonic’s closing comes as somewhat of a surprise considering its popularity among students and Columbia residents. Over the past 16 years, it built a cult following thanks to its flashy lighting, cheap drinks and fun ambiance.
“The atmosphere was really laid back.” said DJ Ubervice, who frequently performed at tonic from 2010 to 2015, “All of the bartenders and bouncers knew each other and were friends. I met a lot of great people working there throughout the years.”
The club served as a prime destination for Greek socials and private parties. Its biggest draw, however, was its infamous $5 bottomless cup Thursday night special.
“My favorite memories were from the Thursday nights I DJ’s with DJ Deks. The Club was ‘one in, one out’ by 11 p.m. most nights and people came to dance and party,” Ubervice said. “People were excited just to be there, so it made my job a lot more fun. Not that DJing there wasn’t fun on other nights, but Thursday nights had an electricity to them.”
Despite its modest popularity around town, Tonic had its hands full competing with other night clubs that have been sprouting up over the past few years.
“For better or worse, Columbia has other nightclubs with higher-tech dance floors. Tonic had trouble competing with clubs like Roxys and My House in the last few years. I’d assume that contributed to why Tonic is closing. I wouldn’t trade my time at Tonic for anything though. I met some awesome friends there and it will always hold a special place in my heart!”
It’s sad to see another Columbia business go, but at least there is still hope for a reprisal in the near future. Until then, all we can do is indulge ourselves in the rest of what Columbia has to offer.
Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because (you’re pretty sure) it happened.
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