The underground has always made sense since it provides a location that many residents can walk to, yet it won’t disturb the peace of the surroundings. The shopping center is largely closed at that time, and there’s parking for those who don’t drink and drive.
I went to an event at the Cameron Village Library about the history of the Underground, and it was really neat to hear about all of the history that was just beneath us. It would be so amazing if a new music venue, or even a whole district of them, opened again down there.
I know I am underage but I took a tour a few months ago of Cameron underground and they are planning to reopen in 2020 or 2021. It was originally used for nightclubs and arcades but was closed in the 90s. They are revitalizing the original entrance and creating a new subway house I believe in front of the massive grocery store (I believe it’s a fresh market?).
I think reopening this would be incredibly cool for Raleigh. Either something bold that could be a draw for the entire metro, or even just a causal thing that would be more of the neighborhood draw and just a quirky a little thing.
It was a fun place, with 2-3 night clubs, low ceilings with the exposed plumbing painted black, which served the stores above & lots of smoke, of all kinds. Beer only, I think. There were photos at the Raleigh City Museum of Fabulous Knobs from around 1980; about a month back.