The Imperial Turns Bottle Service Into an Art

Photo-illustration: Courtesy of the Imperial

The space that once housed Spy and Discotheque will now hold the Imperial, “a new downtown venue in the Flatiron District.” (Wait, since when does the Flatiron District = downtown?) The owners are veteran promoter/operators, Paul Coleman Drohan and Cornelis Craane, who’ve served time at clubs like Palladium, Danceteria, the Roxy, China Club — you get the idea. They’re doing what many have done before (GalleryBar, most recently) and differentiating themselves from the other bottle-service boîtes via an in-house gallery. Curator Ryan Rish's first show, featuring our own Claw Money and other street artists, will launch this Friday at a Halloween party presided over by hip-hop pioneer Mele Mel. As for the Imperial (no relation to Le Royale), expect 30-foot ceilings, a back room, two bottle-service areas, two bars, a stage, and giant screens, one of them projecting over a waterfall. We apologize in advance for the next two shots — they were photographed gonzo-street-art style.

The Imperial, 17 W. 19th St.; 212-352-2001

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