Kush is Closed; Paris-Based Experimental Cocktail Club Coming Soon

Posted on: October 10th, 2011 at 6:41 am by

Without much of a peep, controversial fourteen-year veteran Kush Lounge closed its doors on the Lower East Side.  Neighbors within the immediate vicinity of Chrystie and Rivington Streets will likely bask in the news (and sleep easy), as the nightlife establishment contributed its fair share to the ongoing noise and bottleneck problems around here.  Their last days were at the end of September.

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But there is already activity to report onsite at 191 Chrystie Street.  Friday afternoon, a demo crew, aided by three trucks curbside, was busy gutting the interior of Kush.  When asked what is slated to replace the failed venture, a worker said “Experimental Cocktail Club.” Apparently that’s the name of the establishment currently on the blueprints.

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Seemed a bit hokey, until further research proved otherwise.  Turns out that Experimental Cocktail Club is a Paris-based, “speakeasy style” nightspot with an obvious flair for the trendy.  Doesn’t seem like much of a departure as far as tenant replacements are concerned.  The club should open December 1. Looks like we spoke too soon about sleeping easy…

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And here’s more about Experimental when it first opened in Paris four years ago.  Courtesy of the New York Times:

The three haven’t forgotten the origins of their idea, and New York is a recurring theme at the club: one drink salutes Pegu Club in SoHo, another pays tribute to Death and Company in the East Village. The interior was designed by Cuoco Black, a New Yorker, and the three owners once guest-bartended an event at the Box on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

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