L at Eighth Ave.
Bottles $450 and up, drinks $15-$19
American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
This venue is closed.
Ex–Beatrice Inn owner Matt Abramcyk has pretty much done the impossible here: design a meatpacking-district club that doesn’t feel like a meat grinder. The underground space—a single room, inspired by the art bunker at Philip Johnson’s Glass House—is laid out to maximize sociality, with no VIP corner or tables for bottle service. (Of course, it’s still fairly impossible to get past the door. Dress nice, arrive with girls, and cross your fingers.) Up front, the long bar, banquettes, and open spaces approximate a lounge, while the low ceilings above the dance floor feel intimate rather than oppressive.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.