With Splash closing this weekend I'm reminded of that old saying: When God closes a door he opens a gay bar. Next month, uber promter Josh Wood is slated to open the Atlas Social Club, described as "a gay speakeasy crossed with a retro athletic club." Wood is partnering with Benjamin Maisani (co-owner of Eastern Bloc and Bedlam), Pablo Raimondi (co-owner of Bedlam) and Asi Mazar (Splash).
A.S.C. will be located in Hell's Kitchen at 51st and 9th Avenue. The partners say they are looking to bring a "downtown feel up to Hell's Kitchen."
Wood, of Josh Wood Productions, says:
"Atlas Social Club brings downtown uptown. The DJs. The vibe. The sensibilities. Hell's Kitchen has exploded as a nightlife hub in New York City, but there has not yet been a bar to bring that cool, edgy, downtown culture to the neighborhood. I'm thrilled to be opening this bar with three of my closest friends. We created A.S.C. as place for us and our friends to go."
A schedule will be
announced for the fall season focusing on up-and-coming
New York DJs with international guest DJ sets.