1 at 18th St.; F, M at 23rd St.; N, R at 23rd St.
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This venue is closed.
The space that once housed Spy and Discotheque now holds the Imperial. The owners are veteran promoter-operators Paul Coleman Drohan and Cornelis Craane, who’ve served time at clubs like Palladium, Danceteria, the Roxy, China Club—you get the idea. They’re doing what many have done before (GalleryBar, most recently) and differentiating themselves from the other bottle-service boîtes via an in-house gallery presided over by curator Ryan Rish. The space boasts 30-foot ceilings, a back room with a secondary bar, two bottle-service areas, a stage, and giant screens, one of them projecting over a waterfall. High ceilings, special-effect lighting, nude mannequins, and a dancer cage add a touch of Miami.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.