GOODNIGHT MR LEWIS: NYC’s Goldbar Celebrates its 10th

Goldbar, the brilliant lounge/club on Broome Street, just celebrated it’s 10th Anniversary. It was a black tie, champagne fest, with all the beautiful people in attendance…and me.
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It was just days before The Box celebrated its decade of fabulousness. In human years, that means these nightspots are basically 100 years old. Add to that 1OAK just celebrating its 10th, and it begs the question of what allows them to not only survive but to thrive, while so many others wilt under the pressures of an ever changing nightlife landscape.
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 GoldBar started as a club-too-far on the edge of Little Italy and Soho. Being away from the maddening crowds proved to be a winning idea.
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It always catered to a well-healed crowd, original owners Jayma Cardoso, “Gentleman” Jamie Mulholland and Robert McKinley created a celebrity studded spot that was always a stop for those in the know. They were also into a more progressive style of music than that featured in most bottle boites; and Robert McKinley had designed what, in my opinion, remains one of the best rooms in town. Most importantly, its reasonably small size meant that it rarely compromised its door.
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Over time, as the scene evolved, so did Goldbar. Led by new owner Shaun Rose and his partners Jonny “The Lover” Lennon and Luke Sosnowski, it’s now possibly better than ever, and inside word has it that it will be expanding to other spaces in its second decade.
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The club world, of course, has now been divided into Manhattan and Brooklyn. Still, it says something that three of the remaining top spots have been around for a decade; in Madmen, remember, it was explained that “New” is the best word in marketing…but “Nostalgia” is a potent second. Many regulars now consider them homes away from home – even if the players pulling the strings understand the necessity of constant reinvention – while holding on to the values that got them there.
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