Pensacola, Florida
Monday August 20th 2018


Suite Sets Sail

Nightclub Closes Doors While Still On Top
By Sean Boone

In 2008, Edwin Banacia and Albert Lao set out on a mission of opening a different kind of club in downtown—a big city style venue that would revolutionize Pensacola nightlife.

But now, at the peak of success and being voted Best Nightclub and Best DJ by IN readers, the two owners of Suite Ultra Lounge have decided to evolve—again.

“Over the past two years we saw the progression grow, but I think we got to a point where we saw Suite as something that wasn’t unique and original for downtown,” he says. “I think we were getting to a point where the scene is catching up to us.”

Banacia says he’s working on opening up another bar downtown in place of Suite, but adds that it won’t be a nightclub.

Suite Ultra Lounge wasn’t his primary focus when he returned to his hometown.

When Banacia moved back to Pensacola in 2007, he was set on spending more time with family and had seemingly postponed his music career for the time being.

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