Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Cooper Square, CDB and Scores

The Club Report for March 25th 2009

Cooper Square Hotel Bar
(New York Magazine)
A new pre-game spot opens near St. Marks Place

The Cabin Down Below
(Urban Daddy)
The Lower East Side gets a speakeasy complete with patio and really close to a pizzeria.

Change of Ownership
Penthouse Boss Buys Scores
(New York Observer)
The adult entertainment empire swallows up the troubled East Side strip club

Have fun.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Four Square, Minetta Tavern, Spin and 205

The New York Nights Club Report for March 18th, 2009

Compiled by Gamal Hennessy

(Urban Daddy)
Susan Sarandon opens the best (and probably only) ping pong club/ lounge in Gramercy.

Minetta Tavern
The old school bar and grill returns to the Village.

Community Board 3 is hard at work trying to prevent this venue from opening…

Product Launch
Jose Cuervo Especial Silver
Cuervo add a new premium silver to its line. If you don’t know what silver tequila means, check out our article; Tequila the Mexican Treasure.

Four Square
(Urban Daddy)
The creators of Dodge ball create a mobile social network for nightlife. Hopefully
fanatics don’t use it to keep score…

Have fun.


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Sally Shan Interview

New York Nights caught rising nightlife icon Sally Shan between parties to talk about creating unique experiences, standing out from the crowd and how promoters get such a bad rep...

Vital StatisticsName: Sally Shan
Group Affiliation: Solo
Hometown: New York, NY
Latest Project: World Domination
Next New York Performance: To Be Announced

NYN: I've heard being a promoter is like being a real estate broker. Do you agree with that analogy?

SS: I don't usually think about it like that, but I guess there are similarities. Both of us act as a bridge. I connect the patrons looking for a place to go and the clubs looking for people to come and party, brokers connect buyer and sellers. We both take care of a lot of the details behind the scenes so our 'clients' don't have to worry about them. And both a good promoter and a good broker can give you a much better experience than if you did things on your own.

NYN: You haven't been doing this long, but tell me the perception people normally have about promoters.

SS: I think the perception that people sometimes get about promoters is that they care more about numbers and email lists than taking care of their people. The biggest complaint I've heard about promoters is that they make going out more painful than it needs to be. First, they'll send you an email about a party and give you a great deal on the phone when you contact them. Then when you and your friends get to the club, they’re not there and you can’t get in. You were so excited to go out and you drove all the way to the club and you’re embarrassed that your friends are standing out in the street. All of a sudden the great deal they offered you turns into a really expensive night that is nothing near what you were looking for, but you take it because you feel like you have no choice. I’ve been on that side of the equation so I know exactly what NOT to do.

NYN: There are a lot of people out there promoting. How do you set yourself apart?

SS: I think there are two parts to standing out. First, you have to connect with the people you are entertaining. You’ve got to try as much as possible to interact with them beyond just getting them into the club. I can’t possibly call everyone I work with, but things like Facebook keeps me connected to them through updates and announcements and things.

The other thing that helps you stand out is offering a different experience. I’ve seen promoters try to sell the same bottles in the same clubs with the same music every week for months. I try to have different types of themes and invite different types of people to different venues every week. That way people have something new to look forward to and I don’t get bored either.

NYN: How does a person tell a good promoter from a poor one?

SS: A lot of it is word of mouth and referrals, so I guess it’s similar to a real estate broker that way too. If I throw a party and people have a great time, they tell their friends and post the pictures online and start asking about the next party. That encourages other people to contact me to help them create the next party experience they want to have. At the end of the day we’re providing a service, a unique experience, so the best marketing I can have is doing a great job for all the people on my list.

NYN: What kind of work do you have to do behind the scenes to prep for a party?

SS: There are several different components that go into a great party. It doesn't work if you just update your Facebook page, show up and get drunk. There is a creative element where you develop the theme or the vision behind the event. Then there is a coordination element where you work with the venue to nail down the specifics of what is going to happen. There is a marketing element where you let people know about the party and figure out who is going. Then there’s the execution, where you take care of people and make sure they have a great time.

NYN: You had a birthday recently. What advice would you give someone looking for a party?

SS: Well it’s great if you have an idea of what you want, that way it’s easier for the promoter to give you what you’re looking for. If there’s a certain type of experience, music, vibe or space you want to be in, let the promoter know. I have relationships with some of the best venues in New York so if you come to me with some idea of what you want, I’ll make sure you get it.
Have fun.
Photo by Stephen Shadrach

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Minibar, Café Wha? and Cutting Room

The New York Nights Club Report for March 5, 2009

Compiled by Gamal Hennessy

Café Wha?
The underground bar that helped Dylan and Hendrix rise is being sued for performing the songs of Dylan and Hendrix…

Cutting Room
(Tribeca Trib)
The former Flatiron performance space is delayed because of violence at

Mini Bar (Downstairs at Delicatessen)
Location: 54 Prince Street (Corner of Prince and Mulberry)

Space: 4
It’s a nice spot for a one on one affair, and the skylight will be a big hit in the summer, but they don’t call it ‘mini’ for nothing.

Service: 5
All the food from the upstairs restaurant is available downstairs and the attentive staff is always close by.

Sound: 3
Mini Bar has the right kind of music for a laid back lounge, it just needed a little more energy…

Price: 3
The food prices are very reasonable. You won’t even remember that you’re in SoHo until you start ordering the specialty drinks…

Overall: 3.75 out of 5
Mini Bar is a good place to go for an intimate get together and a solid addition to the current trend of hidden, out of the way lounges.

Have fun.