A, C, E at Canal St.
$15, Thu-Sat, 10pm-4am
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This venue is closed.
Directly across from the Soho Grand Hotel, SOHO:323's bi-level bar and lounge attracts chic, skin-baring model-types toting Blackberries and Burberry bags (occasionally filled with a mini pooch or two). The Feng Shui-influenced first floor bar emanates upscale casual: The exposed brick walls are white-washed, windows reach from floor to ceiling, and the L-shaped bar, topped by grey stone, is cool to the touch. Dark wood accents punctuated by a plethora of both real and painted palms add to the zen. In the low-lit backroom, banquettes, ottomans and small chunky wood tables provide comfort for close conversation, as do the exotic concoctions. The Bel-Lychee is a sweet, delicate infusion of Stoli Vanil Vodka, Lychee juice and peach nectar, and the Bellini Martini adds Stoli Oranj vodka to the standard Bellini for a crisp, smooth kick. They can be enjoyed with Shumai or edamame, along with a plethora of specialty sushi rolls. On late weekend nights, the less-polished upstairs lounge opens (complete with rough wooden ceiling beams, exposed brick and comfy cabanas) and partiers pay cover to groove to hip hop and soulful house.Extra
The mostly hip-hop and soulful house groovin' parties heat up late nights Thursday-Saturday, when the bouncers and the $15 covers come out and the large, less-polished upstairs lounge opens (complete with rough wooden ceiling beams, exposed brick and comfy cabanas).
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.