After the N.E.R.D. concert at Brooklyn Bowl on Wednesday my associate Jay White and I decided to go into Manhattan to check out DJ Jon Oliver & Mr. Vega at Stay on East Houston. It was my first time in the lounge, and I was impressed. It was a great atmosphere, but nothing beat the music. When we walked in some old school Hip Hop was being played. The mixing was flawless. Before I even knew it we were into a totally different genre, but it was seem-less. I especially liked the remixes of vocals from various genres to a funky upbeat dance-style of rhythm. I know that description may seem vague, but that is the only way I can describe it. Music nowadays is very eclectic, but I digress. DJ Jon Oliver gave us a tour of the lounge and downstairs, where there is a secret lounge (shhh…don’t say I told you). Overall Stay is definitely a good place to take someone to relax and maybe bust a move or two.
After Stay we went around the corner to Ella on Avenue A. I was very impressed by the decor inside of Ella. I couldn’t get pictures, but please visit the site to see exactly how it looks. Let me talk to the fellas for a minutes. Gentlemen, this is the type of spot that you take a female that you’re trying to impress. The flip side of that is, drums please, there are already beautiful people hanging out. So you can decide whether or not you want to “bring sand to the beach”. We made our way downstairs where the real party was jumping off. The music was great. It was electronic mixed in with a little funk. I was going once the DJ got into his Michael Jackson set! Two thumbs up from me.
The next, and final, spot for the night was Apotheke. What can I say about this establishment? It is an aesthetically pleasing place to be. You can go to their site and see for yourself what Apotheke is about; I do not want to do it any injustice. Anyone who knows me knows that I like to partake in adult beverages from time to time. Apotheke is more than a bar. It is a place where the bartenders are mixologists. That title is not a joke. I have gone there many times and it has never disappointed. If you want to drink, you can drink. If you want to dance, you can dance. However, this spot is, by all accounts, exclusive. So do not be surprised if you finally figure out exactly where this spot is and you get to the door and they tell you that it doesn’t exist. If I were to say that this spot was for NYC’s elite, I would be saying too much. However, I would suggest that you look at the site, see if its for you, and make a valiant effort to go. Real talk!