The top three floors of the Sports Arena was the home of Club Atlantis, a favorite hangout for upwardly-mobile corpzoners and street ronin between assignments. This expensive establishment was decorated in a disorienting style: a series of cantilevered stairs, angled mirrors, special effects lighting and robotic mannequins placed strategically on walls and ceilings create the optical illusion of bar patrons moving against the laws of physics and gravity. The bar itself served a complete selection of liquors, beers, and cocktails. It also has a multilevel dance floor and a small performance stage.
Prior to 2013, the club had a different reputation and was reportedly a regular hangout spot of Johnny Silverhand and his former lover Rogue. In 2013, Rogue and her solo partner Santiago regularly did business at the club, despite her prior experience with the place. After Alt Cunningham was kidnapped Johnny reunites with Rogue at Atlantis and hires her to launch an assault against Arasaka. Hot on his tail, several Arasaka goons arrive and open fire on Johnny, killing a patron in the process. Johnny, Rogue, and Santiago made it out alive, then headed to Arasaka Tower to rescue Alt.
By 2077, the Atlantis had been shuttered for a long time. Its role in Night City was replaced by the Afterlife, a club run by Rogue herself that was located in a converted morgue. Unlike the Atlantis, the Afterlife had a more exclusive admission policy, and catered mainly to solos and netrunners. Nostalgic oldtimers lamented that as good as the Afterlife scene was, it lacked the wildcard flavor of the Atlantis.
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Just as it is difficult today to imagine the fabric of Night City without the Afterlife, so it was in the 2020s with Atlantis. Atlantis was the central hub of information dealing, mercwork and professional favors. Those who still remember the club (which has long been closed) say the Afterlife is a poor imitation, stained by posers, that doesn't hold a candle to the atmosphere of authenticity Atlantis once boasted. Of course, when people reach a certain age, they tend to make claims of that sort about the old days. But one claim that does contain a nugget of truth is that the Atlantis welcomed a more diverse (and wilder) crowd. Not only would you encounter mercenaries and fixers with established street cred, but you could rub elbows with con artists, swindlers, 15-minute celebs, long-forgotten legends, rockers, washed-out pop icons, off-the-clock cops, dream dealers, spies... Back in those days, there was no rep-check to walk through that front door. (Whether you walked back out under your own power was a different matter.)
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