Earlier this evening, I worked an engagement private event at The Griffin on 50 Gansevoort Street at the heart of the Meatpacking District club/Chelsea circuit nightlife. Wednesday nights are not a typical party night for Griffin which is why there was a private event where a family hosted an engagement party from 7-11pm then it opened to the public afterwards into a regular club scene. A regular club night where promoters and socialites come to Griffin are usually Tuesday and Thursday nights. FYI, real New Yorkers do not go clubbing (at least in Chelsea) on friday or saturday nights because that is what we call the “bridge and tunnel” crowd for those non-New Yorkers in the tri-state area who come to party in the city such as New Jersey, Long Island, Westchester and Connecticut. Don’t get me wrong I’m not trying to say that clubs in Meatpacking are dead on friday and saturday nights but the crowd is a total shift from [artists, designers, tmodels, socialites, Wall Street ballers, trust fund babies] from Sunday-Thursday to [the suburban crowds of Long Island, Staten Island, Jersey] fist pumping crews at some places but they rarely would act like that or get in at a club anywhere in Chelsea if they dressed up like the Jersey Shore cast.
Griffin: The space is very elegant and has that “19th Century Gilden Age” ambiance. You walk in and you see a huge chandelier in the middle and vintage windows and bottle service tables surrounding the perimeter of the club. There’s a second balcony floor for bathrooms and VIP rooms. I’d say Griffin is a cool spot to check out after work for a few cocktails then definitely come out on Tuesday and Thursday nights. The music was a fair mix of hip hop, house and top 40 mixes. Since the event had an open bar, I didn’t pay for any drinks but they range for $14-16 on a regular night. The bartenders were up to par and served everyone very well and remembered drink orders for the majority of customers. Service from the managers, waitress and bouncers were excellent. The kind of club where you see girls dancing on couches, popping bottles on the ice every where, and fairly opulent.
The typical Chelsea club circuit where the hotspots are throughout the week by getting in through legit club promoters are Sunday: 1Oak, Monday: Juliet, Tuesday: Griffin/Tenjune, Wednesday: Greenhouse, Thursday: Tenjune/Griffin, Friday: Bunker/RVD, Saturday: Greenhouse, Kiss & Fly. There are many other hot clubs in Meatpacking but that’s an idea of what’s going on throughout the week these days in that area. Don’t be surprised to see several NBA players at these clubs after they play the Knicks.