GunBarNovember 20, 2011
Ultra-lounge of the Year Entry
Name of Club: GunBar
Location: New York City
Ownership/Parent Company: Brand Essence Hospitality Group
Square Footage: 1,500
Open Date: June 2, 2011
Opening in Summer 2011, GunBar – a new nightclub concept – brings the rugged and hip culture typically found on the Lower East Side, as well as the most discerning nightlife denizens, to its doors in the heart of the Meatpacking District in NYC. The second nightclub venture for Brand Essence Hospitality Group, GunBar is operated by nightlife industry veteran and tastemaker Bobby Persson (Southside) and Aaron Elbaz (Bagatelle). The duo has constructed an atmosphere that will mimic a game of Russian Roulette - there’s no telling where the night will end. GunBar’s twisted, rock-inspired ambiance embraces the underground NYC culture with a chic dose of elegance, which will attract a niche clientele looking for a bit of debauchery and a whole lot of fun. The venue will also uniquely feature a tattoo parlor for adventurous patrons open Thursday-Saturday from 11:30 p.m. to 4 a.m., allowing customers to explore their creative impulses right in the heart of the all-night party.
Boasting a state-of-the-art Funktion One sound system, GunBar features notable DJs and offer a mixed format music program with a rock-and-roll edge through the decades (1960s, '70s, '80s, '90s). The tailored music program is sure to keep the party going into the wee hours of the morning, or until the Whisky runs out. Paying homage to the dark downtown renegade culture of New York City, the subterranean dive bar-inspired club boasts wall-to-wall street art which has been curated to reflect controlled chaos by renowned graffiti artist Lucas Benarroch.