The New Malarkey’s or is it the same old Shenanigan’s November 9th, 2013
By: Ty Wayne Fouse
With the Summers end and Fall taking it’s course; this is when the mingling increases in venues of entertainment for those who want to enjoy themselves after a hard week of work. Let’s not forget the people that take vacations and are banking on a good time for wherever they may be heading.
Davenport, Iowa is one of many Midwest attractions with a historic appeal; and one of the best pub selections to gather and have a great time. I recently received an inviting email to visit a location “The New Malarkey’s” formerly known as “Shenanigan’s” that has history for me of being one of the best places to meet, have drinks with friends and enjoy the dance selections thought the night. Operations has been changed due to the recent closing; and Malarkey’s which was based across the Mississippi River in Rock Island’s District in the state of Illinois; has taken over.
Upon first look of the outside structure none of the signs had been changed; but that was a minor thing for me being that I know of the former name. Now if I had been a tourist, or new to the area my only guess that this was the spot would have been the crowd of smokers and club goers gathering outside. Entering the building the security door man showed his presence with a greeting and his blessings to have a good time with an ID check. As I made my way in; I immediately notice the remodeling of the bar area; by removing a section of wall near the establishments window made was an improvement to give an expanded club environment. This was a plus to me allowing access two ways to the dancing area.
New Remodeled area, allowing more than a one way flow of traffic.
I must admit it felt good to come in and see the local atmosphere was having a good vibe flow; and I was greeted with much love by the people partying all around.
WLLR’s radio personality Chris Michaels
Bar tending Staff was a plus on the drinks; I had a Rum ‘N’ Coke no ice; and it was just right. I’m not much of a drinker; but I do know when a bar is going light on the beverages. Drink specials are priced for that great pour. I took a trip to the DJ Booth to see the same sound system; DJ TwoTone is Back on the decks with the dancers groovin’ to early 2005 music. I said to myself “Yep your back in Davenport!” Now let’s not get it twisted; I’ve heard DJ TwoTone Play Hot SETS! But this is Davenport; Iowa and the owners at clubs are usually scared to let DJ’s work their craft with diligence. Yes they are censored and restricted; So if you want to twerk; Baby Got Back; or Yeah! by Usher is what your gonna get.
DJ Two Tone on the NS7 Spinning .
Through all the shout outs and greetings I received from the folks of Davenport some friends and some family as I gathered my pictures for this review; A FULL CASE OF ACTUAL DRUNK SHENANIGANS and in my own words I call it what it is; IGNORANCE meets Professionalism. This happens: (SEE Picture Below) .
Please feel free to move the pic up and down to see that someone has grabbed my camera. (Notice Flesh tones). I tell the young lady let go of my equipment. She asks “Whats all these pictures for?” She is not staff; I tell her “Let go of my camera” and pull my equipment by the trigger grip out of her hand. Her Male company Starts in furious yelling. I walk away no comments; I am on this review; avoiding any chance of damages to my equipment and more importantly myself. Security Staff removes the entourage because they refuse to calm down. I am on the opposite far side of the club and Many of the People inside the club let them know to not start any problems with me; and I thank you Davenport for your immediate support you all knowing my character. Staff security comes to where I am 7 minutes later stating that I have to leave. I ask “For what avoiding a confrontation?” with the support of Many. The first guard says Ok cool; you can stay just keep cool. I tell him “No Worries” I just want my review.
10 minutes later No Problems; 2 new security guards come and tell me I have to leave; Because I assaulted the White Man and the White Woman. People Yes; I am in shock! The Staff Played the race card on me. No doubt about it in my Twenties I would Tear the Club up and I was charged with assault or even battery. Off to jail; But not this time. (Because That Did Not Happen) I’m upset that they could not have just said MAN or WOMAN. No use making a scene and arguing; I left knowing that the power of Press is in my corner. And the Staffs Points Just left out the window for that. People let it be known we can come together all we want but in Davenport; Iowa you are partying with Jim Crow. That’s exactly why Davenport, Iowa can not have any progression in areas of urban relations; even among people of ethnicity… People The New Malarkey’s is nothing more than a exploiter off the facts that you have no choice in variety. As long as they throw you a bone and you take bones you’ll go nuts over a doggy treat AKA removal of a wall.
S/O to the People; I was okay with leaving. We will have plenty of other times to get together. Stay Peaceful.
NOT A BRUISE OR REDNESS IN SIGHT FOR A 2 INDIVIDUAL ASSAULT