75 Clarkson St., New York, NY (@ Washington St.)
Just before the Hudson River on a desolate strip of the West Side Highway, a historically debaucherous venue once known as The West Side Gentleman’s Club has been commandeered by one of GrandLife’s resident DJs, Franco V. Grit, meets glamour atop the plexiglass-coated neon stripper stage, while dim voltage illuminates the onyx-colored walls and secluded leather banquettes suitable for the risky business that ensues with the “tops optional” dress code. Rocker bartenders serve up more moderately priced drinks than the average guest-list only watering holes and a revolving door of the city’s hottest DJs bring out a cool blend of starlets and creative insiders.
GORDON HARRISON HULL, DIRECTOR/CO-FOUNDER, SURFACE TO AIR
“The only place for a real dance party. Pole dancing optional. Fun guaranteed. ”
GREG FOLEY, DESIGNER, AUTHOR
“Killer sound system and maintains solid heritage as a strip club. ”
AISHA SPEIRS, WRITER, MONOCLE
“In descending order of sensible behaviour... Champagne at Bemelmans, a cocktail at Elsa on East 3rd or not remembering what drink at the Westway. ”