We decided after some time and hearing about this place to give it a go since we were headed to the region for our annual TJ’s renewal anyway. The Korral was having a membership appreciation weekend as well, so we figured it was a good time to check it out.
Cost! Membership Appreciation made the party $60 which include our 1 year membership. BYOB & No “corking fees” so you’re saving big on drinks.
The crowd/people/staff. Everyone was friendly and engaging. We made some contacts ahead of time and before we even settled in we were approached by couples who recognized us. Others we struck up a chat with were receptive and we even met a few people we knew from other chats/online. We were recognized by some from other parties (Club Giggity). The staff was helpful and on point as well. Even the single guys were well mannered.
Clean: The overall club was clean and well kept.
Large dance area and spacious lounge
Various Bathrooms so even packed there were minimal waits to use when needed.
Designated closed smoking area
Two large hot tubs
Ample off site lodging within 10-20 minutes from the club.
The waiting… waiting in line for drinks & waiting to see if a play room might free up can make for a long night. You feel like you’re being herded everywhere. (Yes, they’ll be farm puns in this review). This wasn’t due to lack of staff, but the overcrowding in my opinion. They had at least three sexy ladies bartending and they were working it - constantly on the go.
The food. We don’t expect gourmet high end meals, but having something throughout even to pick on is a plus. The served food was … let’s say “ just ok”
No full amenity private rooms (IE: bathroom, showers, vanity, etc.) It’s nice to offer private stay rooms, but as busy as it was these rooms (at least some of them) would have been far better served as additional play rooms to be turned over at the end of the night seeing as there was basically no place to play when we made some connections or even when we wanted to just go play with each other.
Incredibly strict timelines: you better be done playing at precisely 1:30am and ready to pack it in for the night because they are shutting it down at 2. They start flipping the playrooms at 1:30 and that’s that. Staff comes around at 1:45 to start shutting down the other amenities as well. IE: be out of the tub at 1:50. We totally get the need to have a cutoff but maybe an extra hour for general amenities especially if they are so sparse on a busy night.
The outside wait to get in. This was brutal and I can’t even imaging it during full on winter weather. They absolutely need to have some kind of drop off system or pre check in to mitigate this or put up some type of basic shelter from the elements. I’m not sure how common this is, but it made for an awful start to the night.
Upon arrival it’s deceiving because the front of the building had some Christmas festival going on and we thought we were in the wrong place, but I saw a distinct “K” from the Korral logo under the address number and we figured out to drive down around back where there was a booth leading to a parking area. Still unsure though we pulled up and asked if this was The Korral finding that we were in the right place. There is ample parking directed by attendants, however it’s not paved and is just an open field. Ladies in heels beware as there was no front end drop off so you’re directed to park and then hoof it (pardon the farm pun again) to the main entrance. This was probably our biggest issue from the jump. It’s was a very breezy and cold 32° out and after parking then walking to the door, we had to wait outside for between 20-30 minutes before getting into the reception area. That’s brutal, especially for the ladies in stilettos and skimpy outfits. It was almost enough to turn us around, but we wanted to give this club a fair shake.
The venue is spacious with various areas & amenities conducive to a lifestyle club. When you FINALLY get inside the club (see above), you check in at the front reception area. The check process was simple as we came already prepared with the required forms filled out in advance. Front end staff was friendly and efficient at processing our membership. You’ll need two forms available for download ahead of time at their website as well as your IDs (drivers licenses). Once processed we were wrist banded with our “club virgin” bands lol. First timers or new members generally get a different color wristband than current members at most clubs. This is likely two fold in my opinion as being a way for seasoned couples or club regulars to identify and engage/assist/help as well as for staff and security. After being processed in we were ushered to a staff member in the waiting area for a guided club tour and rules rundown. As with other on premise clubs we’ve been to, we were first taken to the bar where we dropped off our beverages for the night. The bar staff assigned it a number and wrote that corresponding number on our wristbands. This made it easier to remember as well as show the staff. They’ll serve you in provided cups, but we’d suggest bringing a large tumbler to avoid the drink line for refills. The bar is directly adjacent to the DJ booth and dance area, so that plus a loud crowd made it difficult to shout your number for them to hear whereas you could just show your band and they had it. There is no “corking fee” at Korral as with some other clubs which is a huge plus. The dance area is large and accommodating with tables, chairs and small lounge area nearby. Up front & center is a stage and stripper pole. Once through there, you have a short corridor that branches every which way, but once you know they lay of the land getting around inside isn’t bad. One corridor has a group play area (but closable door) and a single room plus there is a voyeur room with closed circuit camera (you can switch it off) that broadcasts to a TV in the bar/lounge area. We’ve always liked that option at a club. All rooms have some type of barrier (door, gate, chain) to adhere to common etiquette rules of watching or entering. One area offered table games & mingling space, another corridor had some themed play areas (not rooms) IE: a jail cell, a stable, lounge room, & a glory hole. Around back of that area were the Private rooms. We can’t comment on them because we didn’t book one as none were available, but these are simply non public rooms with just a bed (no bathroom or shower) where you can crash at the end of the night for I think an additional $65. They also offer the party rooms to crash in for a lesser fee, but we stayed off site so didn’t look into these. I feel some or all of these rooms could be much better served as play areas. On that note there are bathrooms throughout the club and a shower area by the hot tubs. There are also lockers centrally located to store belongings. For smokers, there is a dedicated smoking room with pool table which was a plus to us as we don’t smoke and it was relegated to one enclosed area. Past that was a seating area with some porn on the big screen that lead to the corridor of themed main play rooms - a BDSM room with cross, chair and other amenities, a tent room, a “purple” room, black light room, and others. A nearby bathroom as well for pre & post playtime. We can’t comment beyond peeking into them on the tour because basically the play rooms were busy continually and we never were able to get into one as they were always closed/in use. When you exit that area you can loop back into the dining room. There was ample seating and a soda fountain for included soft drinks as well as an ice bucket for self service. The food was served for a limited time with a light buffet style. Think Subway where you point out and tell them what you want. This night was a few options like chicken, salad, and light fare. We’d suggest eating ahead of time or having something for afterward as it was pretty basic. Once the area is closed down, that’s it on food options for the night. The soda fountain is accessible throughout the party though. Exiting the dining area leads back to the connecting corridors and to the right leads down to the hot tub area. There are two large hot tubs there with kind of jungle theme. Towels are provided and plentiful plus kept well stocked. There is a room off behind we didn’t get into so can’t comment, but the club does have various nooks & crannies everywhere. The corridor to hot tub area also circles back to the bar lounge area.
There is ample staff to take care of you or any issues you might have and all are pretty easily identifiable with branded shirts and/or name badges. The club rules are standard typical swing club standards. No means no, observe etiquette rules, no pics so we can’t shows you any of even the club (possibly if there during daytime or pre party they may allow it, but even the website was scant on interior pics when we checked) no cell phones outside of very designated areas (the lobby & private rooms that’s it) and this is something they STRESS after one warning, you’re escorted out. We understand the no pics and reasoning for no cellphones, but we feel it’s a bit extreme because it makes it difficult to exchange contact info. We highly suggest bringing cards with you (We always do). Maybe the club could leave blank cards and pens for people to exchange info.
Now in all fairness, the club was PACKED. I mean, overcrowded packed so some of the negatives come by way of that. A club has to have some type of capacity limit to know how to keep things flowing or comfortable and adhere to that. We went expecting a relatively light crowd as only about 40-50 were signed up via SLS figuring that was ok because checking out a club on a moderate night gives you a better gauge as you get to see/do everything. This also strikes into the clubs mindset I feel. The number one reason we heard from almost everyone we talked to was they didn’t go to other clubs (IE: TJs) because they “heard” it was too cliquey. However, the SLS numbers didn’t reflect the actual huge number because they apparently have a closed FB group where everyone signed up. So, to me isn’t that kind of a clique in and of itself? It almost felt like a majority of people were already paired up ahead of time as the play rooms were basically full and in use at 9pm until they started closing them down at 1:30. We went to experience the club, we travel and visit different venues for the very reason of finding what works for US. But if one stays in a bubble of only one place or area then one can develop such a viewpoint. Now that said, every party, club, venue has its regulars or groups which can appear cliquey at times. We would say most all the people we engaged at The Korral were friendly and easy going. There was certainly a different overall vibe though. We don’t feel that the people were the issue, but the crowded feel. We would go back to give it another chance (most likely with friends), but this was our first impression. Also, we’ll admit that TJs set a very high bar/slight bias FOR US personally.
You can visit their The Korral at https://thekorral.com/