So my buddy calls me at 8 and was like "hey can you make it into the city by 9, I have a Crobar opening night pass for you." "Hellz Bellz, I'll be there" So I hop in my car,and head into the city. I'm waiting on the corner of 28th and 10th while all the Twilo memories start to come back. It was a good feeling...
Anyway, my buddy, his boss, and I get in line, get our official passes and we're on our way. The older crowd was dressed to the nines, no one pushed, security was very nice and helpful. We walk up stairs and check our coats and the place is so new that you can still smell the paint on the walls. As we walk up, the walls leading to the coat check were decorated by a lot of traffic signs. So we check our coats and head into the lounge that leads into the main room.
This lounge I am going to call the 'tentacle' room. Coming down from the ceiling and coonnecting to the floor you have these thin, light colored, beams. It was confusing at first, but you slither your way through to the bar (it was open bar!) and notice the 'tentacles' carve out mini chill out areas with small couches. Even though its an open room, they offer little privacy areas.
So I made my way to the main room through small tunnel leading up to it. The main room is gorgeous. Very industrial, warehouse looking but with a modern touch. They exposed all the beams on the ceiling, as well as put a sheet metal wall on the far end. The DJ booth is in the upper corner overlooking the dance floor. There is a one level mezzanine surround the floor. They have a few bars up there, but also tons of separated couch areas perfect for the bottle service crowd or the late night 'home base.' The sound is often better on the mezzanine than from the main floor. This mez wraps all the way around so you can walk down the stairs at either end of the floor. All I could think of when standing on the main floor was how much it looked like The Hacienda, the UK club from the movie '24 Hour Party People.'
Now, the club obviously hired some 'entertainment.' The level above the mezzanine there was a naked guy and girl posing for one another with their extravagant wigs on. They had three 'punk ballerina's' on stage dancing as well as 2 'punk strippers' on the dancing stands in the middle of the dance floor. This place will definitely give us a feast for our senses. They are going the shock value route, but it seemed to fit it well and wasn't forced.
Now, the DJ was playing everything from hip-hop to the classics. The lights ho-hum (because of the crowd), but at one point they turned all them off except for a few isolated beams and I got the 'shit man, this could be dark and nasty come 5 AM with Diggers on the decks' feeling. The sound was really good, IMHO. Typical hanging tweeters thing with the bass and middies at each corner of the floor.
Now, I should have brought my camera because I am terrible at describing things, but oh well. So at 11:30 we took off as they were still letting people in. The coat check will be a nightmare because it's such a small area, but we'll worry about that later. Plenty of bathrooms around as well.
All in all, I am really excited about this place. The main floor is raw enough to appease us finikey club heads, but also appealing to the mainstream clubber with all the areas to enjoy the boozing. I haven't been to Avalon or Spirit, but I was most excited about Crobar and it didn't dissapoint. I felt it was fresh and offered a ray of light to the dismal NYC clubbing scene.
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