The Chelsea Room

Club / Lounge
The Chelsea Room If it weren't for the packs of weekend and weeknight warriors lined up outside, it would be easy to miss The Chelsea Room, a subterranean lounge cozily tucked beneath the landmark, and historically infamous, Hotel Chelsea. New York United States 40.744465 -73.996764
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The Chelsea Room - Club | Lounge in New York.
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Party Earth Review If it weren’t for the packs of weekend and weeknight warriors lined up outside, it would be easy to miss The Chelsea Room, a subterranean lounge cozily tucked beneath the landmark, and historically infamous, Hotel Chelsea... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    C, E: 8th Avenue

  • Phone:

    212-675-3600

  • Hours:

    W–Sa 11pm–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Chelsea Room Review

The Scene

If it weren't for the packs of weekend and weeknight warriors lined up outside, it would be easy to miss The Chelsea Room, a subterranean lounge cozily tucked beneath the landmark, and historically infamous, Hotel Chelsea.

If it weren’t for the packs of weekend and weeknight warriors lined up outside, it would be easy to miss The Chelsea Room, a subterranean lounge cozily tucked beneath the landmark, and historically infamous, Hotel Chelsea.

The hotel’s hallowed walls have seen everything from Andy Warhol’s Chelsea Girls and Dylan Thomas drinking himself to death to the alleged stabbing of Nancy Spungen by Sex Pistols front-man Sid Vicious.

The club itself resides in the basement of the famed hotel, which was gutted to reveal the original 1883 brick walls and ceiling, and is divided into three rooms where young professionals and groups of promoters and party girls squeeze into brown leather booths to sip vodka from magnums of Belvedere.

At either end of the bar, laid-back city dwellers and hipsters pack in tightly, but as the evening wears on, most of the attractive guests hit the dance floor around the central DJ booth, or hop on top of the wide banquettes to show off their moves against a backdrop of faux ivy and exposed rose brick walls.

Chic yet unpretentious, Chelsea Room offers a welcome respite for out-on-the-town clubbers looking to have a good time in a stylish lounge without the attitude.

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Tip from Lucas:

If you’re having trouble getting in, try to round up as many girls as you can on the line to come in with you. Shockingly, the doorman has a soft spot for large groups of pretty ladies.

  • Crowd

    Outgoing young professionals, urbanites, Brooklynites, aspiring models, and hipsters, 20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJ plays a mix of house, hip-hop, pop, and mash-ups.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    None.

  • Prices

    Beer $8+, wine $10+, cocktails $13+, bottle service $400+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Trendy casual: jeans, button-downs, European dress shoes, leather leggings, mini-dresses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Wednesday and Thursday nights for a great weeknight party, or Friday and Saturday nights for a busier scene and bigger crowd.

The Chelsea Room User Reviews

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Risa C. Dec 11, 2012
Located below the notorious Chelsea Hotel, I've been going to the Chelsea room for years but feel like it's always being closed and reopened with new management, decor etc etc. While I've never had a bad time here per se, I've also never had a night out that really stood out either. The place is located down a set of metal stairs past people outside on a cigarette excursion, and hosts three semi separated rooms with bars at the entrance and in the furthest area. Despite having walls between the sections, one DJ spins for all three spaces playing mostly house but with a mix of hip hop and mashups depending on the night. The crowd is pretty standard, for a dressy but not super trendy place (think leggings, loose fitting top, heels) and the music is danceable. If you'e in the area and dressed well, and looking for a place you can probably get into without a reservation this is a good bet.
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Alicia B. Nov 3, 2012
I came here opening weekend with a promoter (you're welcome to take your chances on the velvet rope unrepresented, but I wouldn't recommend it). Women are preferred, stilettos are essential, skeevy older gentlemen are in abundance and there is no shortage of "models" waiting to accept drinks from them. Admittedly, it's hard for nightclubs like this to differentiate themselves. The music is standard. The space is nothing special. But if you're dressed to the nines are just looking for that Meatpacking-Chelsea nightclub experience, you would be remiss not to at least check out Chelsea Room.
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