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Hot Club Time Machine

The season’s most exciting new nightspots look to other epochs for escape from the here and now.

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The Bar at the Lambs Club  

The Downtown Clubhouse
Don Hill’s
511 Greenwich St., nr. Spring St. 212-219-2850; mid-Sept. Clubland mainstays Nur Khan and Paul Sevigny are chipping just a little bit of the grime off one of the city’s venerable dives, adding new seating, a long overdue women’s bathroom, and a parade of “It” D.J.’s who will (perhaps) restore the place to its circa-2005, home-of-the-Misshapes glory.

The Fifties Supper Club
The Darby
246 W. 14th St., nr. Eighth Ave. mid-Sept.
Scott Sartiano and Richie Akiva of Butter and 1 Oak attempt to bring the onetime Nell’s space back to its brat-pack heyday. Food Network star Alex Guarnaschelli offers up suitably retro dishes like an oyster-stuffed filet of beef while a house band rips through standards.

The Vegas Player’s Lounge
Lavo New York
39 E. 58th St., nr. Park Ave. 212-750-5588 (restaurant) or 212-584-2700 (nightclub); mid-Sept.
A year after opening Avenue, Noah Tepperberg and Jason Strauss (along with Marc Packer and Rich Wolf of Stanton Social) are repurposing their Las Vegas ultralounge in admittedly less sexy midtown. Like the Sin City original, Lavo pairs a not quite rigorously authentic Southern Italian restaurant with a subterranean nightclub.

The Robber Baron’s Lair
Tzigan at Villa Pacri
55 Gansevoort St., nr. Greenwich St. 212-924-5559;early Sept.
Jet-setter playpen Bagatelle gets a candelabra-filled sister location in the former Merkato 55 space.

The Art Deco Gents Club
The Bar at the Lambs Club
Chatwal Hotel, 132 W. 44th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-997-5262; mid-Sept.
The team behind Lotus, along with designer Thierry Despont and cocktail guru Sasha Petraske, brings an authentic Broadway-speakeasy vibe to the mezzanine of Geoffrey Zakarian’s new restaurant inside the Chatwal Hotel.

The Fin de Siècle Cabaret
Theater Bar
114 Franklin St., nr. W. Broadway 212-334-3733; mid-Sept.
After peddling his unique blend of pyromania and pharmacopoeia at Apothéke, mad mixologist Albert Trummer brings Cocktail-style flair to a room loosely inspired by the Moulin Rouge. Bartenders won’t mix cocktails so much as “perform” them off a playbill-themed menu.

The North Shore Beach Bar
Lani Kai
525 Broome St., nr. Thompson St.late Sept.
Drinks doyenne Julie Reiner (Clover Club) tries to succeed in the bi-level space where another cocktail heavy, Eben Freeman, failed. She is brightening up the former Tailor with wood and shell work reminiscent of her native Oahu, which is referenced in the Pacific Rim–inspired menu and potent, floral Hawaiian Iced Tea.

The Big Apple Theme Park
Bowlmor Lanes Times Square
222 W. 44th St., nr. Seventh Ave. 212-680-0012; mid-Oct.
The former Times newsroom becomes a 50-lane bowling alley, with two nightclubs, a David Burke restaurant, and lounges paying tribute to the subway, the Brooklyn Bridge, and ye olde 42nd Street, complete with faux peep-booth façades.


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