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From journal On the 6
May 2, 2005
Back in the ‘80s, this club icon was known as the Ritz, but the history of this building goes back long before this, to when it was first opened its door in 1886. Webster Hall has come a long way from the costume balls of those first nights to the banging techno tunes that can be heard today.
This club also stages events and concerts, so be sure to check in advance HERE to see what’s going on. With an ever-changing lineup, you could show up on amateur strip night if you don’t do your research first. Of course, depending who’s reading this journal, that might be right up your street!!
The night we went was just a regular night, with a great German DJ (DJ Taucher), and the atmosphere was electric. It was 40,000 square feet of pure unadulterated fun from 10pm until 8am in the morning, if you can last that long.
When you enter the club, you will walk into a great foyer with a sweeping staircase, from here there are six different lounges, lots of gold-leaf trim, tarot-card readers, and stalls selling T-shirts and CDs. Okay, so it’s a little tacky, but somehow, in this club, it just works.
The ballroom/dance floor is complete with red velvet drapes and a fabric ceiling. Go-go dancers and trapeze artists finish off this scene of hedonistic frivolity.
A wrap-around balcony makes for great viewing up above the dance floor, and when it gets too crowded, this is the perfect place to carry on your dancing above the heaving crowds.
With Mayor Giuliani's clean up of New York City during his term, many of our favorite nightclubs did not make it past his scrutiny, including Twilo . Webster Hall, however, survived this era and lives on to carry the clubbing life into the next decade.
From journal Thanksgiving in THE BIG APPLE