| Pay, sweat, bump, and grind.
Located in the heart of Atlanta’s Buckhead community,
Fuel’s got exposed brick walls, a massive bar, metal adornments
and black everywhere. It’s a hip-hop club that attracts
a more mature audience, and has an industrial décor that
draws a dance-focused crowd. Fuel’s pricey-looking facade
might make it look like a misplaced South Beach venue, but its
no-frills interior gives the club a minimalist, laid-back vibe.
The nightclub consists of two floors with a large dancefloor
and an upstairs VIP section complete with bar. So though Fuel
aims to entertain through music, there’s a lot of seating,
dark corners, and a voyeuristic catwalk overlooking the dance
floor. Or patrons can retire to the roof deck.
On the dancefloor, DJs spin the best of hip-hop and R&B,
attracting Atlanta’s urban professionals and music industry
types. But does it pass the NightStalkers’ test?
There was a pretty big crowd outside when I walked up and the
outside was really nice. They charge you $20 to get in the door,
but I gave it a try anyway. This is a hip-hop club, so if you’re
not into that scene, then don’t come here. I kind of felt
like I was in one of those rap videos, like 50 Cent was making
a sequel to “In Da Club.” However, for this type
of club, it does offer a straightforward, more sophisticated
experience. Fuel’s industrial warehouse look makes it
very conducive to dancing. The dancefloor is a little tight,
so you pretty much had to dance up on everyone around you. There
were no memorable moments with the music, but the floor never
emptied while I was there. And the nice thing was it was a slightly
older crowd, so no fuss. It is a good place. And true, Fuel
is small, but it does have an upstairs. There were sofas and
chairs in the back for relaxation, which was a nice break from
the dancefloor. The upstairs has some booths and another bar.
Everyone was down to earth, the people were all good, great
service, great atmosphere. Now I know what they mean by ghetto
fabulous. This is one of the better hip-hop clubs in the Atlanta.
No room to walk around and mingle, but the dancefloor made for
a good time. If you like it rowdy and loud this is the spot.
Plus it’s 21 and older so you don’t have to worry
about young kids up in there. But Fuel caters to women and overcharges
men. Guys can spend $30 before getting on the dancefloor. Lots
of good-looking girls. Everyone is dressed in hip-hop gear,
and the girls’ dress code is the tighter, the better.
The thing they need to change is the variety of music. The DJ
sucked, he played the same song two or three times during the
night and didn’t change the song when people obviously
didn’t like the music. I don’t know why people were
dancing, but most the crowd didn’t seem interested in
dancing, it seemed to be more about profiling. And by the end
of the night everyone was in VIP, and the downstairs dancefloor
I went on a Saturday night. The dancefloor is very small and
the club gets packed quickly. Fuel was alright, but the music
was kind of suspect. I heard the same song three times over
the course of the night, but besides that it was nice. Nice
atmosphere. The only downside would be the packed dancefloor
that didn’t leave much room to dance, but beside that
everything was great. The staff was great; the bartenders were
very accommodating. I hung out in the VIP room upstairs later
in the evening, and checked out the upper level catwalk where
you can look down on all the dancers. The place does have an
older crowd and not that much room to dance, but the inside
of the club looked great with plenty of places to get cozy or
get fresh air. But the music was not happening. It definitely
sounded like the DJ was playing the same songs over and over.
If you’re into being packed alongside other partiers,
then you’ll like Fuel. It’s too small for the crowd