Source: U-T San Diego
San Marcos may never make the Top 10 teenage hang-out lists.
But the sleepy suburban city now has a new option for high-schoolers seeking something beyond another movie or night of bowling.
Club Refuge, a high school student-only hang-out just west of Mission Hills High School, opened last month at 456 E. Mission Road. The club is open Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 10 p.m. and offers a live DJ, pool tables and a lounge with non-alcoholic drinks and snacks.
Last Friday night, music blasted but the dance floor sat empty from 8:30 to 9 p.m., as a handful of boys from Mission Hills High shot pool and complained about the lack of any girls.
The venue, a former gym painted purple and black with leather couches lining its walls, is closed the next two weekends but will reopen January 18 and 19.
In a recent interview, club owner Dale Evans said she’s aware but undaunted by the security and financial struggles of other youth entertainment centers in San Marcos and across the region. Some, like the Jumping Turtle in San Marcos, have drawn rowdy crowds and numerous complaints from neighbors. Others, such as the recently shuttered Metaphor Café in Escondido, have fallen victim to a still weak economy.
Club Tropics, once called Nighttown and Club Paradise, in San Marcos began in 1988 as a teens-only club then changed into a club that served alcohol.
Evans, a San Marcos resident and Tennessee native, pledged Club Refuge will be different. She stressed that it does not sell alcohol, unlike the Jumping Turtle and the Metaphor Café when it operated. And all students will be required to show a valid high school identification to enter, she said.
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