Looking for something fun to do this weekend but tired of the same old thing? Then head on over to Charli Marrone’s Italian Bar & Grill in Indio, for a fun-filled weekend. Friday night’s festivities will include the much anticipated return of the “Foam Party.” Owner Charli Brown’s husband Gary, said that their last “Foam Party” brought in over 600 people. That’s one foamy crowd. While 18-21 year olds are allowed there is a special charge for their admittance: They are free from 9-10pm but after 10pm there will be a $5 cover. For 21 and over it is free all night. They will also be offering drink specials including Sour Apple Blast Shooters that will be priced on a sliding scale starting at $1 at 9pm, $2 at 10pm, 3 at 11pm, $4 at 12am and $5 at 1am.
Saturday night also promises to be a winner with the “Jello Wrestling Party,” which is a 21 and over event. The same drink specials will be available but in addition there will be $2 jello shooters from 11pm to 1am. Both nights will have a DJ. “We clear the bar area and turn it into a dance floor,” said Brown. “We usually have 2 different DJs, one outside, which is where the 18-21 year olds get to hang out and the other inside for the 21 and over crowd.” Brown says that it’s not easy having the 18-21 crowd as they have to stay out on the patio and be escorted to the restroom so they aren’t around the alcohol. The city has strict rules, codes and guidelines for having 18-21 year olds in a bar and they are adhering to them. “Because we are a restaurant we keep the kitchen open and serve food all night,” said Brown. “We’re not a nightclub but it has that feel to it after dark. We wanted somewhere for the under 21 crowd to be able to come and dance and enjoy music.”
After this weekend, Brown said they will continue having a DJ and dance vibe on Fridays, and Saturdays will be open mic and/or live bands. Every 4 weeks will be a Hip-Hop show with a $5 cover. About a month down the road is Thursday night Karaoke.
Charli Marrone’s has an Italian restaurant meets upscale sports bar feel to it. The owners and staff are friendly and accommodating and the food is delicious. I suggest you try their lasagna, cioppino, salmon, eggplant parmesan or filet mignon. They also have the best cucumber martini in town. And in honor of Charli Marrone’s 2 year anniversary they will be offering free dessert with every meal this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Why not enjoy a nice meal and dessert on Charli before you hit the foam.

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