This Spring, New York's got some exciting new bars and clubs to check out. Here's our list of what's happening now and what to look forward to.
80 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn // (718) 460-8000
Located on the sixth floor of the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, this under the radar rooftop bar has been pretty popular since it opened just last month. Operated by Andrew Tarlow, The Ides is currently open Wednesday through Sunday, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
After a slew of drama and board approval issues, Amy Sacco and LDV Hospitality will open #8 tonight, a revamped version of former hotspot Bungalow 8.
Last Tuesday select friends and family were treated to a private preview of the new spot located at W. 16th Street. Early reviews have been favorable. This evening regular folk will be the judge, as #8 opens to the public.
And we say "public" loosely --getting past the velvet rope will be more annoying than having to type the # key (and simultaneously confusing your friends) every time you want to hit up the swanky new spot.
357 West 16th Street
New York, NY
It looks like Amy Sacco's Bungalow 8 will not be taking up residence at 357 W. 16th after all. The local Community Board 4 denied approval for the new spot situated next to the Dream Downtown. As CB4 member Robert J. Benfatto Jr. told the Post,“[We] reached an agreement [the space] will not be called Bungalow 8 (or Bungalow anything) and that Amy Sacco ‘is not and shall not be an employee, owner or consultant’ at that location." Ouch, looks like the neighborhood doesn't want Sacco or any kind of "bungalow" near them.
Plans to relaunch the new hotspot hit a snag last week when the board requested the venue's liquor license be put on hold until a hearing on Tuesday. From there, the venture went down hill, leaving Sacco and her partners LDV Hospitality "scrambling for a new concept," according a source. Fears that the spot would bring a rowdy late-night crowd is what ultimately led to the decision, as one board member told the Post, "The Bungalow 8 that was on 27th Street and Amy Sacco have nothing to do with a gastropub, nothing to do with food — only to do with bottle service, Page Six and celebrities."
New York nightlife is a volatile industry, always on the look out for the next thing. You can rave about a club one week, but it may not even exist the next. With this video, Vice releases its second video installment serializing different aspects on the NYC party scene. Here, we listen to David Byrne, Peter Gatien, Amy Sacco and other pillars of nightlife talk about their experiences and predictions on the future of nightlife. You can watch the first part of the series, here, which focuses on club design.
The NY Post reports, Amy Sacco, once nightlife queen of NYC until filing for bankruptcy and shutting down her local hot spots (which included Chelsea club, Bungalow 8, and Restaurant Bette), has been hit with a $50,000 lawsuit in default judgements. A federal bankruptcy judge in White Plains granted the judgement last week to trustees who were liquidating EOS Airlines, a New York to London business-class only service, who Sacco was formerly a consultant for.
The trustees also sued both Bette and Bungalow 8 back in April 2010 for what they claimed were "fradulent transfers" that EOS paid just before filing for bankruptcy, which neither venue never responded to. Bungalow 8's judgement is for $19,571.95 while Bette's is $28,231.62, both as a result of payments they received from EOS.