3233 East Tremont Ave.,
The Bronx, NY 10461
Fri-Sat, 10pm-4am; Sun-Thu, closed
6 at Westchester Sq.-E. Tremont Ave.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Inauspiciously located between an all-you-can-eat buffet and a mausoleum shop, 718 Lounge feels like it was accidentally plopped down on this stretch of Tremont Ave. Inside, though, the space works hard to get your attention: Phallic lamps made of hand-painted glass hang over a marble bar spanning half the lounge; behind it, a sign shouts the lounge’s name and a flashing checkered backdrop triggers DDR flashbacks. The lack of stools makes it tricky to eat at the bar, but red-and-black leather couches are available to scarf down the variety of paninis on hand; the white, circular bed, hidden in the back corner behind sheer white curtains, is usually reserved for those popping Hypnotiq. D.J.'s, overlooking the crowd in a raised cherrywood booth, spin a lot of hip-hop and reggaeton, but it’s the Latin-infused house stuff that best coincides with the headache-inducing visuals playing on the four plasma screens framing the bar.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.