Have you ever gone to a bar and found the courage to attend an open mic night? I am not brave enough to take part in myself, but I love watching these events and witnessing the talent of others. I find a nice spot by the side of the bar so I can relax, enjoy the music and soak up the pomp.
That’s exactly what I did last week, only I didn’t go to lounge bars in the real world – I was lost in Final Fantasy 14 Eorzea. On the Excalibur server, hidden in the Lavender Beds, you will find The Rose Hall. This concert hall and lounge bar offer a unique role-playing experience for art-loving players, whether they are performing themselves or simply enjoying the atmosphere and the love of music. Bella Rosa and Tsuji Rosa are the dream team behind The Rose Hall, which opened its doors for the first time in March of this year. “Tsuji and I enjoyed making music together in Ul’dah and that sparked the idea of ââcreating a hall to embrace the barding community,” Bella tells me. “We also love role-playing games and knew this would be a perfect setting to meet more people and grow.”
I attended one Wednesday when The Rose Hall opened its lounge bar for open mic night bard performances. Tsuji is responsible for the design and furnishings of the venue, and regularly updates the decor to keep it feeling fresh to guests. With its classic bar, stylish leather cabins and intimate stage, the lounge currently offers the perfect easy-listening vibes aesthetic. Down the hall, The Rose Hall exudes a hard rock cafÃ© aesthetic, with instruments on the walls. An electric guitar caught my eye, and I could almost imagine a little badge putting it on a band from FF14 like The Primals.
The Rosenhalle had much smaller beginnings than the large building in which it now resides. The Rosas started the venue in an apartment before slowly working their way up to a small Free Company house, then a medium sized house before finally ending up the big house – a mansion.
The upscale size enabled them to do bigger and better things. The largest event to date has been the Rosechella Festival, which featured popular community bard bands such as The Moogle Troupe, Azzy and the Tryhards, The Wiggles, and The Little Post Office, as well as live dance performances and competitions, and more.
“I sometimes spend five to eight hours a day planning the next big event,” says Bella, explaining that The Rose Hall sometimes feels like a real job. âI spend some time building friendships and finding open doors! A lot of work goes into making The Rose Hall a success when you say it takes a village that really needs it. Tsuji is working hard to ensure that our hall looks its best along with our fantastic flyers that are sent out every week! We also now have a great management crew helping with some of our planning; Special greetings to Chauncey and Ashent. ”
On Sunday evenings, The Rose Hall opens its concert hall for those looking for a bigger show. Bar, a fantastic stage with piano motifs, VIP boxes and of course plenty of seating. Of course, I couldn’t resist jumping on stage and taking some silly recordings of my character.
As the night went on, the lounge bar was full of guests, including other waiters. The buzzing energy in the atmosphere was palpable, people cheering for the various acts taking center stage, others chatting in alcoves while the bartenders played role-playing games for the guests. Each of the four slots for the evening were bard performances, some were solo acts, and some groups – all of them were super talented. Even Tsuji came on stage to perform. The Rose Hall isn’t limited to bard gigs, however, and is open to a wide variety of talents. “We definitely welcome other types of performance as we appreciate the arts in general,” explains Bella. âI’m always looking for new and unique experiences for the main stage!
âVisitors can definitely expect an immersive experience with us. Be it role-playing with our bartenders grabbing your favorite drink or pastries, listening to the fantastic actors or taking your next screenshot that could bring you 5,000,000 gil! ”
In addition to live performances, themed evenings and competitions, The Rose Hall also offers a great sense of community. âI’ll find opportunities to help the community, like our dear friend Dj RazWirez when he needed a new turntable,â Bella tells me. âThe Rosenhalle triggered a hype that led to successful participation! As a hall, we love to help and promote all artists, which has now closed the circle as a community. ”
The Rose Hall plans to host other major festival events like Rosechella – in fact, in a couple of weeks it will be hosting the Throwback Rosefest, a ’80s and 90s style festival. It’s time to get your best of retro glam up and boogie.
The Rosas also hope to expand into musical theater in the future, but in the meantime there is always a reason for a good party. The launch of the new Endwalker expansion and the implementation of trips to the data center that will allow more players to visit The Rose Hall will be good cause for celebration.
To stay up to date on the many events in The Rose Hall, you can find all the relevant links to Discord and Twitch on the right here.
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