It's a blustery Saturday night in December and there's only one thing on my mind. Ok, maybe more than one thing, but my most pressing concern happens to be finding a hot slice of pizza. Pepperoni with black olive, to be precise. Nothing better than that. I'm in luck because I'm at Cabin Down Below, the "secret" basement bar beneath the pizzeria that has become such a popular destination for the black clad army that is the under 30 demographic of the LES. As I begin to ascend the golden stairs to pizza heaven, a hand the size of a catcher's mitt grabs my arm.
"Can't go up there, man."
Opening September 7th in the spot formerly occupied by Ultra is the new club by Tommy Tardie, La Pomme. Described as “Fellini-esque,” the club sounds absurd, in the best sense of the word. For starters, the space is going to have a snow machine as well as a scent machine (yes, there is such a thing). DJ’s will be situated in the middle of the floor for max exposure. There are enormous murals done by photographer Fadil Berisha, which will be complemented by a 100-foot video wall. However, unless you are someone important, you’re going to have to wait. La Pomme may open on the 7th, but it only opens to the general, less important public on the 17th.
If shacking it up in the Hamptons for the summer is your thing, you’ll want to check out Bridgehampton’s latest installment: The Harbor Club. Blue & Cream owner Jeffrey Goldstein (the East Hampton and Manhattan boutique that draws the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Cameron Diaz and the Olsen twins) protégés Ben Grieff and David Marino are the main players behind the latest spot said to cater to the ‘it’ crowd.
At 964 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike, the space boasts 15 foot ceilings, two main bars, an outdoor patio and sprawling yard with live music during the daytime and DJs spinning til 4 a.m. The official opening party is set for Memorial Day weekend kickoff this Friday and re-opened officially on Sunday at 3pm.
First it was a gay club called Rome. Then it was the fabulous restaurant called Biltmore Room. And now, the spacious venue at 8th Ave. and 25th will be called The Gates in honor of, you guessed it, the one-time richest man in the world and co-founder of Microsoft. No, actually the name comes from the giant steel (lacking my thesaurus) gates that front this classy establishment.
Set to open in April, The Gates is the brain child of Danny Kane, Redd Stylez and Rod Surut and is supposed to be a “high-end lounge with food.” Said food is going to be “new American Cuisine.”
After dinner, the lights will dim on the marble on marble interior creating a club atmosphere so the bold and the beautiful can become more so.
When I think of the American South, I think of hot temperatures, suffocating humidity, and sweaty, glistening bodies rhythmically writhing to house music in an ecstasy induced Sodom. You know what that means, boys: We’re going to a gay bar!
There has been a report straight from Austin, TX from someone who saw a sign that a Kiss and Fly was going to open in the Texas capital. The logo is the same, so DBTH assumes that it’s either a licensing agreement or identity theft. But, to add a twist to it all, Kiss and Fly Austin has labeled itself — unlike the NYC version — as “Austin's Only Gay Nightclub.” That probably means it’s not the same establishment.