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Tao and Beauty & Essex To Open In LA/in Los Angeles /by Discotech
Tao has been a nightlife destination in Las Vegas for years, drawing Angelenos with its surprisingly good pan-Asian fare and sceney ambiance. The New York City concept is now apparently slated for the Dream Hotel in Hollywood, no surprise really since sister concept Beauty & Essex was already confirmed back in August 2015.
What Tao’s entrance into the City of Angels means is that Hollywood’s nightlife scene is about to take a turn toward the Empire state of mind. The “vibe dining” restaurant boasts everything from sushi rolls and dim sum to more composed plates. No word on whether Tao will bring its entire nightclub to Hollywood, but with the limited space, it seems unlikely.
At the moment, there’s no projected opening date for Tao, though Beauty & Essex was originally slated to open this year. According to hotel developers Hollywood IRC, the project is currently under construction.
In the meantime, you can satisfy all your nightlife needs with Discotech.
Iconic London Nightclub Fabric to Reopen/in London /by Discotech
The party isn’t over, after all.
Fabric, the fabled London nightclub whose closure in September jolted the global electronic music scene, will reopen after agreeing to tough new measures to prevent drug abuse at the club, the club and officials from the borough that hosts it said on Monday.
The 2,500-person-capacity venue, whose freewheeling spirit helped draw a generation of clubbers, was stripped of its license and forced to close its doors after the deaths of two 18-year-olds, both of whom had taken MDMA, better known as Ecstasy. In 2014, the club had come under scrutiny after the deaths of four others in the previous three years, which police had blamed on drug use.
But in a hearing on Monday at Highbury magistrates court in North London, the Borough of Islington, home to the club, said it would allow Fabric to reopen after its owners had agreed to tough new antidrug measures, including preventing anyone under the age of 19 from entering, scanning identifications, and banning for life anyone caught dealing drugs or possessing them.
The shuttering of Fabric had spawned a loud outcry, with denizens of London’s night life, including promoters, D.J.’s and music fans bemoaning that its closure heralded the demise of the London music scene and was a heavy blow for the city’s role as a global cultural center. Electronic music fans voiced their discontent on Twitter, and more than 160,000 signed a petition against its closure. At the same time, the shutdown pointed an uncomfortable spotlight on what some called a culture of drug-fueled hedonism at clubs, from London to Paris to New York, that critics said had gone too far.
Fabric thanked its supporters, saying in a statement on Facebook that they had “saved Fabric.” It said: “So many different people stepped up to put their voices to our cause, artists from all corners of the music community, fellow promoters who have put on huge events from us and clubbers from around the world who all united behind us.”
Judy Griffith, promotions manager at Fabric, said by phone from Saint Philip, Barbados, that she was ecstatic about the news, which she said would give a big lift to London’s night life and help secure an important sphere in British culture. “I am over the moon, and very grateful for everyone that supported us. The reopening is a powerful sign that London is open at last,” Ms. Griffith said, adding: “I’m looking forward to planning an epic reopening.”
Dozens of London clubs have closed their doors in recent years, pushed out by creeping gentrification and a crackdown on late-night licenses. London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, is so determined to rejuvenate the nighttime economy that he recently appointed a night czar, charged with injecting new life into the city’s night life.
Mr. Khan, who has been pressing to make the capital a 24-hour city by offering all-night service on subways on weekends, welcomed Fabric’s reopening, noting that over the last eight years, London had lost half of its nightclubs and 40 percent of its live music venues.
“This decline must stop if London is to retain its status as a 24-hour city with a world-class night life,” Mr. Khan said.
Exchange LA New Years Eve 2016/2017 – Duke Dumont/in Los Angeles /by Discotech
Ring in the New Year with Duke Dumont at Exchange in Downtown LA!
This event will not have a guestlist – we recommend buying your tickets here before prices go up.
You can book tables directly on our free mobile app.
Adam George Dyment, a.k.a. Duke Dumont is a British DJ and music producer, known worldwide for his single “Need U (100%)” which topped the UK Singles Chart in April of 2013. Duke Dumont is a master composer of house techno, and an underground hero in the British club scene. His “Need U (100%)” was nominated for Best Dance Recording at the Grammy Awards, but lost out to Anton Zaslavski, better known by his stage name, Zedd. His tracks regularly hit the top spots on the British music charts. Duke Dumont got his start in 2007, with world-famous producer Switch as his mentor. Duke Dumont began the way many electronic musicians do: by remixing pop songs and putting his own spin on the chart-topping hits of the day.
Cheap Las Vegas Bachelorette (Hen) Parties on a Budget/in Las Vegas /by Discotech
Planning a cheap bachelorette in Las Vegas for your bestie? You’re in luck! Vegas is one of the best cities to throw the bride-to-be an epic party without breaking the bank. Here are 6 tips and tricks to keep the costs low and the fun levels high throughout the festivities:
1. Plan your travel early for your budget bachelorette
Plan your budget bachelorette at least 3-4 months in advance so your group can save on flight deals and hotels. Vegas’s hotel market is very competitive, which means many of them offer excellent amenities at a great price. Staying at a hotel on the Strip also reduces transportation costs, especially if you choose to walk. Also, some hotels, like the Palazzo, have suites that could fit 6 people. This can be more economical than getting 2 rooms if you don’t mind squeezing. Alternatively, if you have a larger group that wants to stay in the same house….
2. Consider vacation rentals instead of hotels
Depending on the size of your budget bachelorette, it may be cheaper to book a condo or house through AirBnb or VRBO instead of getting a hotel. Most likely, you can find an upscale rental for a per-person price that’s more affordable than many hotels. If you choose to go this route, it may also be cheaper to book a shuttle instead of relying on multiple Ubers to go back and forth from the Strip.
3. Take advantage of free activities
You don’t have to bet money at the casinos or buy $$$ tickets to shows to have a good time in Vegas since there are plenty of free activities as well! Vegas features warm weather most of the year, which means you can spend time outdoors by the pool, people-watching on the Strip, or even hiking in the nearby Red Rocks Canyon. Other free Las Vegas activities include watching the Bellagio Fountains, the Mirage volcano eruption, taking in the sights and smells at the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and checking out the wildlife at the Flamingo. You can also play bachelorette party games, which are a fun way to celebrate the bride-to-be without going out. Chances are, the other bachelorette guests will appreciate a chill daytime activity before a big night out.
4. Sign-up for free guestlists at dayclubs and nightclubs
This is key! As an entourage of all-ladies, you’re going to have a big advantage getting into the hottest clubs in Vegas at little-to-no cost. While getting bottle service in Las Vegas is fun, signing up for the free guest lists is a lot easier on the wallet. Your group will be able to get in free to many clubs (night or day clubs in Vegas), and maybe even snag complimentary drinks depending on the venue, time of year, and headlining DJ. Many clubs will offer cheaper bottle service packages for groups of girls. Use the Discotech app to look up events, compare prices, sign up for guestlists, buy tickets, and reserve tables. Keep in mind that for almost all free Las Vegas guestlists, you’ll need to be at the door by a certain cut-off time, usually by 11:30pm for nightclubs. If your group prefers hip hop music, you can also head over to one of Las Vegas’ world class hip hop night clubs. Lines in Vegas for popular clubs can be long, so you should arrive at the club earlier to have ample time to get in. If you know you might have a hard time getting your group moving, we recommend buying tickets, which are good for admission all night.
Drinks in Las Vegas add up, especially at the club, where your average cocktail runs $12+. To help cut costs for your budget bachelorette party, pick up drinks beforehand to pregame. Alternatively, use an alcohol delivery app to have it sent straight to your door! This way, you’ll have a nice buzz going the moment you step inside the party and save money to boot.
6. Be social!
Remember, everyone is in Vegas to have a fantastic time. Chances are, there are a couple of stag parties out and about hoping to meet a group of lovely ladies to treat to drinks and entertain. Don’t be shy! Hey, it doesn’t hurt your wallet either.
These 6 tips and tricks should help you plan the best budget bachelorette for your lucky gal pal. Who knew having fun in Sin City could be this affordable?
Henry’s in Weho to become Peppermint Club/in Los Angeles /by Discotech
Henry’s, the nightclub on Beverly Boulevard that was not-too-long ago named Hooray Henry’s before getting a fresh revamp and truncated name, has seen its last red velvet roped evening. The space will soon become Peppermint Club, a live music venue that is a partnership between Henry’s proprietors h.wood Group and Interscope Records, reports Wehoville.
It’s a pretty interesting departure for the location that has long been home to plenty of nightclubs in its day, from Hooray Henry’s to The Beverly to Guys & Dolls and to Guys before that. The idea is to have both up-and-coming and established artists perform in the intimate space for a completely unique experience.
And with the partnership of John Janick, Steve Berman, and John Ehmann of Interscope Records with John Terzian and Brian Toll of h.wood, responsible for such celebrity-riddled hot spots as The Nice Guy, Peppermint Club certainly seems like one to look out for.
Nightingale Plaza (Formerly Greystone Manor) Now Open/in Los Angeles /by Discotech
Nightingale Plaza is sbe’s latest nightclub concept located in the former Greystone Manor space, which is being reimagined as an avant-garde, nightclub named after Hollywood’s after-party-rich Bird Streets.
The entrance leads to an elegant lounge with surreal wallpaper strewn with phantom limbs, flowers with eyes and the occasional extraterrestrial dinosaur. sbe enlisted the renowned Rockwell Group for the design. Inside, guests can lounge, dine, or dance in four distinct environments. Between a sculpted fire place, mid-century banquettes and the state-of-the-art kinetic ceiling covered in 15 folding mirrored panels over the dance floor, there is something for everyone. The ceiling starts in a closed position and over the course of the evening, as the energy builds, the mirrored planes gradually unfold revealing a digital light show above creating a dramatic reflective landscape.
The most Instagrammable feature is the Rockwell Group-designed wallpaper, inspired by exotic foliage and magical surrealism. Plus, there’s a photo booth, lined in the wallpaper, that can easily fit eight-plus people. But have a game plan upon entering, because mastering the boomerang-like gif setup can take a minute. It’s only a matter of time before Nightingale gains mention in a hip-hop song, just like Drake and the Game did for its predecessor, Greystone Manor.
The property is poised to be the next step for elite Hollywood, where refined elegance meets tastefully crafted technology. This high-energy concept will provide the world-class luxury sbe patrons have come to expect, elevated by cutting edge technology and entertainment.
“This foundation will meet an unparalleled technical and creative program that we’re confident will firmly set the venue apart from any other location.” says Costas Charalambous, President of sbe Nightlife.
Nightingale is open from 10:00pm to 2:00am Wednesday and Saturday nights.
New SF Club Halcyon Opens in SOMA near Audio SF/in San Francisco /by Discotech
Life will soon return to the former BeatBox space at 314 11th St., as it prepares to become Halcyon, a new entertainment venue run by a local nightlife veteran.
The space’s new owner, Gina Milano, said it was on her radar for awhile. Over the past two decades, she’s owned and operated a handful of restaurants and nightclubs around San Francisco, including Le Club, a faux members-only club in Nob Hill; Bambuddha Lounge, a precursor to Chambers in the Phoenix Hotel; and Restaurant Maroc, an Upper Haight lounge serving Moroccan-Californian food and cocktails.
Most recently, she worked next door, helping Audio nightclub and its sister bar, Bergerac, get off the ground. The owners of BeatBox knew that she was looking to branch out on her own again, and as soon as they were ready to sell, they called her up.
Rather than simply launching a nightclub, Milano sees this new venue as an opportunity to employ a wide variety of highly creative people.
“I love being entertained, and I love hyper-creative people, and I love being hyper-creative,” she said.
On Friday and Saturday nights, Halcyon will be a dance club, with electronic DJs and semi-live performances. But in the vein of nearby Public Works, Milano also plans to host weekly entertainment events like a Wednesday-night cabaret, complete with live dance performances, booths with bottle service and 56 cabaret tables.
She’s also considering hosting dance classes on certain nights, including different types of line dancing in the evening and yoga-dance classes that will keep the space active during the day. And of course, Halcyon will be available for corporate and private events as well.
To accommodate all of these different uses, the layout and the lighting are being designed to allow the space to easily transform from one offering to another.
With brick walls and a steel support structure, it’s a “very tough, raw, industrial-looking space,” so Milano and her team are working to give it a “nice shiny veneer,” she said. LED lights are being added to the support beams, and she’s installing a “state-of-the-art” projection mapping system.
“I’m single-handedly keeping LED producers in China at work right now,” Milano joked, describing the look of the finished space as “a tough bitch in designer clothing.”
Choosing a name that symbolized her wide-ranging offerings wasn’t easy, but Halcyon has many relevant meanings, Milano said. It’s “a cool word” that’s used to refer to blissful, carefree memories or a golden era, as well as the name of a popular dance record store in Brooklyn, where visiting DJs in the ’80s and ’90s would commonly stop in before shows.
It’s also the name of two different birds: one from Greek mythology, and the other, Halcyonidae, a family of the African Kingfisher. The latter bird will grace one wall of the venue, in the form of an abstract mural.
If all goes according to plan, Milano said, Halcyon will host its first private parties during Halloween weekend, and open to the public for the first time on the weekend of Nov. 5th-6th.
Best Clubs Without Bottle Service/in Ibiza, Los Angeles, New York /by Discotech
You may have been there: It’s late, and you’re at a club. The pounding music has started to make you question the merits of “celebrity” DJs. (Celebrities to whom?) The sweaty men and loud women crowding you are so far gone they think everyone is as excited as they are about the bottle of champagne they just spent $1,200 on. Look, it even has a sparkler in it!
Suddenly, instead of having fun, you think to yourself: Is it over yet? When can I just go home?
Good news: You’re not the only one.
“People are getting weary,” said Ronnie Madra, a co-partner with Richie Akiva at Butter Group, which owns 1Oak, Up & Down and NeverNever. “People are tired of the branding and the websites and the marketing and the minimums. Some still relish it, but as the world is changing, the landscape of nightlife is going to go with it.”
“The modern form of bottle service first started in certain clubs in the late ‘90s-early 2000s, and then things fully swung that way,” said Angelo Bianchi, the creative director of the Blond, a private club in New York. Bianchi made his name in New York nightlife as the doorman for the famously cool Beatrice Inn and Jane Hotel. “That was the reason for the success of the smaller clubs in 2006, and they were the anti to that bottles-and-models system. At Beatrice, we never sold one bottle. It was a point of pride.”
That’s why Bianchi partnered with co-creative director (and Beatrice and Le Baron alum) Julio Montero to create the Blond at Aby Rosen’s 11 Howard hotel (more on that below), and it’s why Madra and co-creators Ronnie Flynn and Deevee Kashi started NeverNever, the tiny, dark dancing space next to Up & Down that has a much tighter door policy than its siblings. At NeverNever, the crowd looks cool, artistic, international and well-dressed. Most important, they don’t all look the same. There is no obligatory bottle service.
Madra said NeverNever happened “as a necessity” to cater to a younger crowd turned off by commercial club glitz, who were venturing to Brooklyn and even Long Island to party. While it takes generally $5 million or so to open a new club, Madra spent $30,000 to open NeverNever—and made that money back before the end of the first week.
“We built it as a little place where we are not going to get rich over night, but you can make a little profit and you can bring in a goulash of personalities and social standing,” he said. “There’s no sign on the door; you can’t really Google it. That’s what we like.”
In fact, plenty of places work as the outside of the model-promoter system. They’re quieter and more hidden, but the great thing is that the amount of fun you have is usually in direct proportion to just how quiet and how hidden they are—and how discerning the guy at the door is.
“People are interested in having an authentic experience where they are not walking into a situation that feels one certain way,” Bianchi said. “They’ll know within the first few minutes of walking in whether they’ll come back. People don’t want to go to places that feel like clubland, they want something organic. They want to go to somewhere on a quiet street.”
We’ve compiled a list of the top global nightclubs without bottle service. Enjoy!
This is another world-renowned institution, and while it’s no chic lounge, at least it doesn’t have models and bottles. The former power plant is so notorious that GQ profiled its famous doorman, and fashion heavies frequent it on their German excursions. There’s no rule at the door, other than the fact that you probably can’t get in. You definitely won’t get in if you’re wearing a suit, high heels, or any bright colors. Music here is heavily skewed to techno and house; phones and cameras are prohibited. There are no mirrors in the bathrooms. There is no VIP area. Don’t even think about trying to buy your way in. Expect to see an older crowd, well-cultured in dark, aggressive, club-going leather, possible fetishes, and heavy tattoos.
Where: Am Wriezener Bahnhof
When to go: Don’t get there before 4 a.m.
Pikes Hotel, Ibiza
Set aside your preconceived notions about Ibiza being chock full of EDM clubs stuffed with young Brits on Ketamine. That’s about a two-street strip; the rest of the desert island is beautiful, spare, and subtle in its pleasures. Pike’s Hotel, which is formally called the Ibiza Rocks House and is hidden in the rocky hills above Ibiza town, is one of those jewels. The place is built in a 15th century stone mansion that was converted to a hotel in 1978; the lounge and music area famously hosted jet setters, bohemians, musicians, and artists in decadence for years. (It provided the set to Wham’sClub Tropicana video of the 1980s.) The space plays lots of rock ‘n’ roll and funk/disco, plus famous old school DJs most nights; costumes and props are in some rooms, if you become inclined.
Where: Camí Sa Vorera, San Antonio
When to go: Not before 2 a.m.
The Blond held its Paris Fashion Week party here, which is saying something about the level of its status as an international A-List spot. Bianchi said it’s his favorite place to relax out when he’s in France. The general design of the room hasn’t changed for decades, with Byzantine red velvet and pink neon trim on the seats and walls; this is a testament to the brilliance of what used to be a bordello. The top of French creative life files through here at some point or another: high-powered fashion photographers, owners of other clubs, financiers, designers, editors, singers, painters—and, yes, Russian money—from all ages and races. Handsome, well-known-among-a-certain-set DJs imported from all over the world perform until early in the morning hours.
Where: 58 Rue de Bassano
When to go: The most fun you’ll have is a late night here during fashion week—odds are you’ll encounter the most beautiful women you’ve ever seen. (I did). Show up after the early birds finish their dinners and cabaret dances. The real crowd you want to see gets here after 1 a.m.
The Scotch of St. James, London
It’s a veritable bastion of music history: The Beatles and Rolling Stones performed live sets here, but it’s no concert venue. The owners of Paris and New York nightclub Le Baron had a hand in its rejuvenation, and now it’s updated to reflect a modern outlook; fashion types (Stella McCartney, Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne) hold parties there on special nights. So do New York nightlife gurus out for work abroad. If you go, drink Scotch whisky or bourbon—they’ll go well with the Denim Jeans and disco.
Where: Mason’s Yard.
When to go: Show up around midnight on a Wednesday or Thursday. You’ll be good.
Doheny Room, Los Angeles
The spot on Santa Monica Boulevard has a warm, airy California feel and a potentially softer hand for people who want to get inside. The walls are lined in banana palms and portraits of David Bowie and Faye Dunaway; in true LA style, the menu has lobster and vegan sushi. Upstairs offers more of a club atmosphere—you can buy a table if you want, and you will see a DJ and maybe even bottle service, though not at the level of annoyance. For LA, that’s saying a lot.
Where: 9077 Santa Monica Blvd.
When to go: Go to dinner at 9 p.m.; upstairs will have energy around 11 p.m.
Paul’s Cocktail Lounge, New York
Colloquially known as Paul’s Baby Grand (but officially named Paul’s Cocktail Lounge, so as to avoid confusion with Baby’s All Right and Baby Grand, two other NYC late night places), this is the little room Paul Sevigny created under the auspices of the Roxy (formerly Tribeca Grand) Hotel. The walls are covered in large palms (wallpapered and otherwise); the male wait staff wear white, double-breasted suits and carry themselves with the dignity of those who have partied in the glam bygone days of another era. Open format is the key here. You’ll hear dance tunes from Madonna to Scissor Sisters here; don’t expect Calvin Harris or Drake. Ludwig, the doorman, is fickle and wise; if he turns you away a time or two, he may welcome you with open arms on the third try.
Where: 2 Sixth Ave.
When to go: Go at midnight or 1 a.m. It’s closed on Sundays and Mondays.
The Oasis Clubhouse, Buenos Aires
The private members-only club is just that—unless you know someone, or want to purchase a guest pass for the entire place. While the rest of the club has a lounge, terrace, bars, a pool and gardens, weekends are the draw if you want to drink and dance: There’s usually a DJ and plenty of internationally minded sophisticates to talk to while you’re there. The feeling here is relaxed and faintly Parisian, with a twist. The place feels like a hidden Argentine villa decorated with American and European expats. (It very nearly is.) You won’t work up a sweat dancing, but you will feel extremely self-satisfied at how well you’ve managed to infiltrate the cool-people crowd. And the cocktail list is extremely well put.
Where: Costa Rica 4651 Palermo Soho C1414
When to go: On the early side of the evening, for a cocktail and respite.
Mr Fongs, New York
The brainchild of five owning partners, including Adam Moonves (yes, the son of that Moonves), Fong’s lacks signage and glitter, which is exactly why you venture down under the Manhattan Bridge deep in Chinatown, anyway. The feel here is softer, with Brooklyn creatives of all ages mixing with Manhattan artists and publicists. The DJ in the corner is almost an afterthought (there is a jukebox), but he’s there to move the crowd a bit once the night gets on.
Where: 40 Market St.
When to go: Sometime around midnight should be fine. Avoid the weekends.
NeverNever, New York
This is the secret club on the backside of Up & Down. A short, dark hallway connects the two, but a big man in a dark suit is positioned there, and you won’t be able to get from one to the other. NeverNever is more exclusive—and more secretive—than Up & Down; Benny, the doorman out front, seems erratic, but he’s sharp as a razor’s edge about whom he lets in. If you do make it past Benny, expect to see a lot of Australian surfer studs slightly disheveled in the way that charms American girls, their off-duty model girlfriends, writers, chefs, and lots of doormen/DJs/managers from other clubs who come in late to network and gossip. You’ll hear a lot of new wave and indie music here; you won’t hear hip-hop. As Madra said: “It’s not about the big experience, it’s about the right experience.”
Where: 246 W. 14th St.
When to go: No earlier than 1 a.m., weeknights. Two a.m. is better.
Paradise by Way of Kensal Green, London
The place has a menu filled with seasonal delectables and gastro pub fare, but the late-night drinks and music scene is what we’re after here. Inside are multiple levels with dark corners for chatting or eyeing the famous Sunday Roast. It’s located close to Queen’s Park and Kensal Green stations in West London, so the music (DJs, R&B, Jazz, Electronic) is as eclectic as its patrons (youngish, casually pretty) and wine list.
Where: 19 Kilburn Lane
When to go: Go for an early at 10 p.m. before heading elsewhere for the night.
Rose Bar, New York
This is the gold standard for grand New York lounge-y bars where you can hear a DJ and dance a little, or cuddle in a comfortable banquette and watch people while you sip a boulevardier under a large Damien Hirst. It’s in the Gramercy Park Hotel, so the crowd is mixed, with moneyed Internationals, uptown twentysomethings, and on certain nights, music lovers who come to hear Chairlift or CRX play secret sets. (Credit Matthew E. Green and his staff with directing a robust indie scene there.) Go on Wednesday to hear Johnsville DJ; his knowledge of dark and sexy tracks (Donna Summer, Larry Levan, Poolside) beats anything you’ll hear elsewhere.
Where: 2 Lexington Ave.
When to go: 11 p.m. or later, but before 2 a.m.
No Name, Los Angeles
Los Angeles has cornered the market on showy places with sparklers and ladies with faux appendages (hair, breasts, lips, and so forth) so to find a place truly away from big film spenders and swimsuit models on the make takes some work. Enter No Name, the unmarked spot on Fairfax that works hard to avoid those patrons. It’s unlisted, so the only way you’ll get in is through word of mouth or a quasi-secret invite system that feeds into a list as inflexible as a sidewalk. Once inside, you can order food, if you want, or gawk at the art and actors that line the walls. Listen to the DJ play Edward Sharpe; maybe drink an Old Fashioned.
Where: 423 N. Fairfax Ave.
When to go: Early, by New York standards. The place clears out by 2 a.m.
The scent inside Silencio is subtle, intoxicating, and unforgettable, just like the weird Club Silencio that inspired it, from Mulholland Drive. You don’t really notice it at all until you’re all the way down the winding stairs to the bottom, where cavernous rooms include one for smoking, several for lounging, and a chic dance floor right in the front of the DJ booth. The bar in the center is expensive and extensive. Be ready: The fashionable crowd in front of the DJ will dance, if given the chance.
Where: 142 Rue Montmartre
When to go: If you have the chance to go, go, and the earlier in the morning (2 a.m. or so) the better. This is one of the world’s best clubs in the real sense of the word: hidden, chic, with an interesting mix of all types of creative, beautiful, stylish, and odd people. The whole thing is an experience without seeming constructed or artificial. What you won’t find inside: suits, Louboutines, body-con dresses. What you will find inside: Rick Owens, Yoji Yamamoto, Celine, Saint Laurent, obscure fashion brands from Spain, France, New York, California.
The Blonde, New York
This might be the hardest door to get into in New York at the moment; once inside—if you get inside—you’ll find the sort of interesting mix that the models/bottles formula scattered: tall, pretty, and fashionable women who happen to work as models, sure, but also young street artists, understated rich kids from Paris, a British photographer or two, and a couple of New York local downtown kids—gay, old-school club kids, too—mixed in for good measure. Even though the space is part of the Howard Hotel, it’s never open to the public, and doorman Dereck is famously standoffish, so don’t expect to get in easily. The vibe is chic, dark, intimate and faintly European; expect to hear everything from Talking Heads and Fleetwood Mac to Rihanna and 2 Chainz.
“When you walk into the Blond, we didn’t want to make it feel like a club,” said Anis Khoury, general manager of the 11 Howard hotel. “Plush, comfortable—that word comfortable just keeps coming up. The Blond exemplifies what a comfortable setting should be, a place where you go to meet friends of friends.”
Where: 11 Howard St.
When to go: Late, after midnight, on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday.
Pendry San Diego to Feature New Nightclub – Oxford Social Club/in San Diego /by Discotech
The first round of food and drink reveals slated for the Gaslamp’s forthcoming Pendry San Diego, the first hotel site for a new luxury brand developed by the well-regarded Montage Hotels & Resorts, contained a trio of venues that will be operated in partnership with Clique Hospitality, including Lionfish, its signature restaurant helmed by local chef Jose “JoJo” Ruiz (Ironside).
Due to open in the Gaslamp by late 2016, the Pendry is aiming to offer much more than just a swanky hotel stay; in addition to the Lionfish restaurant, The Pool House rooftop lounge, and nightlife venue Oxford Social Club, the 12-story complex will also house three more hospitality concepts designed to attract both locals and tourists. Of course, bottle service at the Oxford Social Club will be available.
Craft beer-centric Nason’s Beer Hall, named after the Nason & Co. Farmer’s Market that once operated at the same downtown site in the 1900s, will feature a deep tap list San Diego-made beers and international brews, plus a menu of global comfort food, and entertainment via vintage bar games.
At the Pendry’s lobby bar, Fifth & Rose, craft cocktails and elevated bar food will be served in a living room-inspired setting.
And its all-day eatery, dubbed Provisional Kitchen, Café & Mercantile, is being designed in collaboration with Raan and Lindsay Parton of Alchemy Works in Los Angeles. The greenhouse-like space will encompass a restaurant, which will offer a seasonal menu and takeaway options, and a marketplace retailing everything from homeware to gourmet pantry items and jewelry. In the communal dining room will be a full-service espresso bar fueled by Vittoria Coffee, an Australian brand which also runs the coffee program at Big Sur’s Post Ranch Inn.