San Diego continues to up its club scene with the debut of Parq on Oct. 28. The Alice in Wonderland-esque experience comes complete with a video confessional, makeup artists at the ready and a Vegas chef serving fancy food fuel for dancing.
Carlos Becerra’s Parq replaces the famed On Broadway club space at 6th and Broadway, which shuttered two years ago for a multi-million dollar gut renovation. The 38,000-square-foot finished product is no less than spectacular.
Top interior design firm Davis Ink (AD Nightclub, Pink Cadillac) split the space into a restaurant and nightclub component that can function in conjunction with each other or as separate venues.
Guests enter through two gigantic glass roll-up garage doors, where they’re met by a 12-foot-tall psychedelic vertical garden. A park-like oasis with reclaimed wood, custom yucca trees, and various types of greenery contrasts to industrial materials of concrete, aged brick, and metal mesh.
The 5,000-square-foot restaurant features high beams that open into the night sky. A patchwork booth uses upholstery inspired by designer Davis Krumin‘s vintage jackets. Also spotted in the whale-sized space: Warm walnut wood tones, custom metal tree branch dividers, and an alternating black-and-white striped restroom.
Chef Errol Le Blanc, who worked under Charlie Palmer at top Vegas dining destination Aureole and locally at Cafe Sevilla, brings a farm-to-table experience described as “progressive American.” Known for his off-the-wall concepts and creativity, his menu include seared ahi, “jars and such” (confit, toppings, charcuterie), a meat and potato section (White Marble Farms Pork Ribeye) and fish dishes like Maine Lobster Relleno.
Party goers enter the 20,000-square-foot club through a cavernous brick tunnel with chandeliers flickering overhead. Acrylic tubes wrap from the wall overhead to the ceiling and a custom bottle display with hundreds of individual wood boxes, outlined with LED lighting, frames the main bar.
The nightclub resembles a women’s makeup lounge, replete with its own bar, where makeup artists stand at the ready to make sure that faces are party perfect–and ready for the photo booth.
General Manager Louis Pelliccia (formerly of LA’s famed Kress) says the new space will put San Diego on the map as a nightlife destination, with Cirque-esque performances and top-notch lighting and music. And gone are the days of dead cell phones while waiting for friends to arrive; each booth is stocked with phone chargers.