Party Earth Review Although a neon sign by the bar clearly states that “this is not a brothel – there are no prostitutes at this address,” first-time visitors to Mister H could be forgiven for thinking this opium-den-meets-swanky-lounge... ... read full review
9 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10013
4, 6, J, N, Q, R, Z: Canal Street / Broadway
SoHo, New York –
Although a neon sign by the bar clearly states that “this is not a brothel – there are no prostitutes at this address,” first-time visitors to Mister H could be forgiven for thinking this opium-den-meets-swanky-lounge might still offer a little ill repute.
The venue’s location in the luxurious Mondrian Soho doesn’t give hotel guests any extra privileges, so come 11pm they join the Hoboken hipsters, trendy Euro girls, artists, and indie fashion types lined up at the glass alcove entrance before the doors open.
The sultry red space has been styled to resemble a Shanghai speakeasy, complete with taxidermy birds, dangling birdcages, beaded curtains, Persian rugs, Chinese newspapers, and a hodgepodge of other items the owner reportedly collected after Googling “things you’d find in a brothel.”
Guests typically spend the first half of the evening sipping themed specialty drinks like the gin and agave Jasmine Pearl as they relax on sumptuous red velvet couches and beds, while fashionistas clack across the teal and white tiles in impossibly high stilettos and somehow manage to not spill a drop.
After 1:30am, a DJ really gets the crowd going, often aided by a tattooed house dancer who makes impressive use of a stripper pole to entice everyone to their feet.
Though it doesn’t match the über-elite status of the top New York clubs, Mister H still attracts a cool clientele too relaxed on those comfy couches to care.
Mix of the model and bottle set, trendy Euros, classy hipsters, dapper suits, and willowy groups of girls, 20s to 40s.
DJs spin an eclectic mix of hip-hop, rock, house, and electro nightly. Occasional burlesque shows.
Small plates from Mondrian’s seafood restaurant Imperial No. Nine served for private events only. VIP area in back.
Beer $8+, wine $14+, cocktails and mixed drinks $14+, bottle service $400+.
Business casual early in the evening to upscale and trendy after 10pm: un-tucked button-downs, suits, fedoras, designer jeans, custom plaid, Buddy Holly glasses, denim short shorts, skinny jeans, dark mini dresses, desert booties, tastefully beaten-up vintage Marni boots, and opaque tights with high shoes.
Any night is hot, though dropping in early in the week with a big group of friends promises a sultry night in Shanghai, while Saturdays after 1:30am typically draw the biggest and sexiest crowds.
Jimmy at the James Hotel (15 Thompson Street), situated eighteen floors above SoHo in the ultra-modern James Hotel, is a don’t-miss rooftop hang with 360-degree city views.