Party Earth Review It may be located on the backside of the Gansevoort Hotel, but über-exclusive nightclub and lounge Provocateur might as well be on the backside of Mars considering most people’s chances of getting in. Split into two separate... ... read full review
18 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10014
A, C, E, L: 14th Street / 8th Avenue
Lounge: Tu–Sa 11pm–4am
Club: Th–Sa 11pm–4am or later
Club sometimes has special events on other nights – check venue website for schedule
Meatpacking District, New York –
It may be located on the backside of the Gansevoort Hotel, but über-exclusive nightclub and lounge Provocateur might as well be on the backside of Mars considering most people’s chances of getting in.
Split into two separate spaces, the venue features a garden lounge called the Café on one side and the lavish club on the other. In both, impeccably dressed and shockingly tall models are the norm – and that’s just the staff.
Airy and open, the lounge is full of birch trees and wrought iron furniture arranged beneath a massive glass ceiling that fully retracts in summer.
Scads of rich businessmen and gorgeous party girls take their bottles to colossal crescent-shaped banquettes, each table service area designed with ornate photo murals to resemble rooms in a European dollhouse.
The real action, however, is in the club. Which, of course, has its own separate guest list from the Café.
Awash in purple and black, with sexy low lighting, space-age chandeliers, and an enormous pair of angel wings overlooking the ever-present glitterati, the club regularly hosts big-name DJs who get the house dancers and Vogue girls gyrating on poles amid pulsing blasts of cryogenic smoke.
By 2am – after even the most straight-laced patron has downed a few too many Strawberry Glitter cocktails – most of the crowd is dancing right up there with them.
Defying New York nightlife by remaining an exclusive hot spot since 2009, Provocateur shows no signs of being any less provocative.
Models, socialites, moneyed businessmen, scenesters, European jet-setters, and the tall, rich, and beautiful, 20s to 50s+.
DJs spin mostly high-energy dance music nightly, with world-renowned acts booked regularly.
Japanese-style small plates and desserts from Tanuki Tavern in the Gansevoort Hotel served until 11pm, though venue recommends eating elsewhere if guests are looking for a full dinner. Strict door. Guest list and/or table reservations are a must. Separate guest lists for Café and club.
Drinks $13+. Table service $2000+.
Dress to impress: suits, high-end designer wear, the shortest of miniskirts, Louboutins, Sergio Rossis, and sky-high heels.
Any night promises an ultra-exclusive evening, though Fridays and Saturdays generally host the biggest-name DJs.
The Bunker Club (24 9th Avenue) is another exclusive – though not quite so intensely – lounge and club that’s hidden inside a former military bunker.