Several readers noted that its neighbor on the block, The VNYL, has not been open this year. One reader, who shared the top photo, said that the space "looked trashed" inside. Google lists the space as "temporarily closed." The last Facebook post is from July 2020.
The club's website lists that they are "closed for the rest of the winter due to COVID-19." That's likely last winter. One reader recalls them being open in the fall of 2020 for outdoor drinks-and-taco service.
The four-level, 7,000-square-foot space with a 1970s theme opened in the fall of 2016. Nightlife vets, led by James Morrissey (The Late Late on East Houston), were behind this venture, which reportedly included actor Adrian Grenier as a partner. (New York magazine noted that he curated the short-lived record store in the lobby.)
According to a preview piece at the Daily News, the VNYL was "designed to attract patrons of music, fashion and art." They also featured Long Island Iced Teas on tap and menu items such as candied-bacon quinoa sushi.
Sports bar Nevada Smiths was the first tenant of this renovated building from April 2013 to September 2015.
"to attract PATRONS of music, fashion and art" is interesting specific language, in other words, the money people - not the artists, musicians, or fascionists. I knew there was a reason this place was off-putting when it opened.
really miss Nevada Smiths. this place was a joke.
Miss the basement sex club when this place was an adult movie theatre. Ah, the bad good old days in the EV.......
Miss Nevada Smiths original location, when English Premier League, Champions League, and Euros were not available on cable yet. Hope that Happy Jack is still doing it somewhere else.
Yes, Happy Jack has been thriving at his own place, Football Factory on 33rd St (downstairs in Legends sports bar) in the shadow of the Empire State Building, just west of 5th Ave. www.legendsffnyc.com
And here’s the man himself: https://www.legendsffnyc.com/gallery?lightbox=dataItem-iwznofv51
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