Around the Scene: August 4, 2011
Bevvy.com, a new invite-only site providing preferred pricing on bars and clubs launched recently. The Hollywood-based startup is claiming to be a "Priceline for nightlife," promising its users up to 50% discounts on nightlife venues after a $10 reservation fee. Site visitors can locate venues via Bevvy’s online reservation system, shell out $10 to put their name on the list or fork over $50 for bottle service, but they’ll get a substantial discount onsite.
Derek and DanielKoch, of the popular "Day and Night Party" brand have slapped New York City’s Oak Room owner Eli Gindi with a $1 million lawsuit. Gindi and the twins had a three-year agreement to host the debauched brunch bashes in The Plaza Hotel, but the deal came to a grinding halt after The Plaza owners sued Gindi for $33 million in May, leading to the closure of the Oak Room. The brothers allege that Gindi "unilaterally decided to terminate the contract" after one year without giving 30 days written notice. According to papers filed in May, the dispute between Gindi and The Plaza focused on Day and Night’s brunches that had "increasingly given way to the rude and the ordinary."
Meatpacking District staple — and leader of the drunk-off-your-face-brunch-movement — Bagatelle is headed to the city of angels. The owners are currently renovating the old Boudoir location on La Cienega and are set to open Bagatelle LA by the fall. Rumor has it the brunch party will be among the first of the recurring events the space will host.
Heineken opened entry to its “Heineken Open Design Explorations Edition 1: The Club," which tasks emerging designers from New York City, Sao Paulo, Tokyo and Milan with conceiving and producing a nightclub. Selected designers will receive guidance from well-known designers, tour nightlife hotspots and eventually create a club space that will be featured during Milan’s design week in April 2012. For more information, visit www.heineken.com/opendesign-theclub.
The rooftop nightclub Chateau Nightclubs & Gardens at Paris Las Vegas is celebrating its grand opening on Sept. 3. The Labor Day celebration features performances by Thirty Seconds to Mars, followed by a night of DJ performances. This also commemorates the launch of Butterfly, a weekly all-night DJ, live music and entertainment experience.
In other Labor Day news, XS Nightclub is announcing its lineup for the holiday weekend. Friday night kicks off with electronic DJ Sidney Samson, while on Saturday night Steve Angello brings his “Size Matters” party to the club. The Sunday night after-dark pool party features a special DJ set from will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas. Resident DJ Afrojack will close the weekend with his signature sounds on Monday.
In the summer of 2008, Walt Disney World shut down the nightclubs on Pleasure Island with plans to turn the after-dark destination into a venue for families. However, three years later, the plans to turn Pleasure Island into a 1900s-themed seaport “Hyperion Wharf” are indefinitely postponed. While there are still vendors on Pleasure Island — an Irish pub, a surf-wear shop, a cigar bar and a Central American restaurant — without immediate plans, the empty nightclub buildings seem to be a waste of valuable space.