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***Official Scott Henry at VIP club next week***

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Originally posted by vicman

where the hell is VIP club?

regardless i'll be there.

the address for VIP is 932 F St. NW - its 21 & over

http://eg.washingtonpost.com/profile/798894/?&flavor_id=5&context=bars_nightlife

Last Saturday the line was around the corner and down the block, slowly snaking into the front door of the VIP Club. F Street was double- and triple-parked with limos and Mercedeses. It was like Oscar night at VIP's grand opening: Sharp-dressed folks glided across the red carpet that was unrolled across the sidewalk and into the much-anticipated new four-story venue that fills the space that once was DC Live. But don't mistake the VIP Club as merely a renovated DC Live. It's a new club from top to bottom, and immediately becomes the place to be and the place to beat on Washington's growing list of swank nightspots.

Starting with a gleaming coat of ivory-colored paint and tinted front windows, the VIP Club impresses even before you walk in. A foyer with a concierge and coat-check greets you inside the glass doors, then you enter a room that makes you forget DC Live ever existed. Walls were torn down to make a vast ground-floor space where once there were three rooms. It's paneled in warm maple, glowing from the light of artful metal sconces. There's a long bar, fronted by dozens of sleek stools, while scattered around the room are custom-designed couches and boleros (a sort of round banquette that you'll find on each of the club's four floors, a different color on each: wine, lime green, steel blue, orange).

There's something oddly familiar about the space, something almost Dream-like. "I'd be lying to you if I said Dream didn't have something to do with this," says VIP Club owner Abdul Khanu, referring to the luxurious new club off New York Avenue NE. "It was an inspiration, and I couldn't help thinking since the physical space of these two clubs is similar, about what I might be able to do here."

Khanu won't talk dollars, but it's clear that millions went into the construction of VIP. "In 1997, I opened DC Live and we set the standard on what a club should be," Khanu says. "Then in 1999 we opened Platinum, and we reset the standard. I have a lot of respect for Marc Barnes for resetting the standard with Dream, and now what we've done here is set it again. You have to spend a little money to do that."

To raise the bar, Kahanu hired Scott Productions, the design team that worked on Dream, to help him with VIP, as well as French designer Philippe Senamaude. Each of the four floors is gorgeous. It's as simple as that. Even the stairwells, with their brushed steel walls, are stunning.

While there are the now de rigueur VIP rooms in the new club, the whole space might as well be one giant VIP room that can hold 2,400 people, thus the name. "When we opened DC Live, it was really the first club to have a real separate VIP room," Khanu explains. "A glassed-off space that everybody was dying to get into, and I told myself that someday I would have a club that was at the same level of demand as just that one room, where every inch of the club was like a VIP room."

Of course, the three VIP rooms inside the VIP Club were still the place to be. The extra bartenders, padded alcoves, mahogany wall paneling, pool tables and chandeliers do make them feel even more special than the rest of the building. And they will surely attract actual celebrities, given the club's proximity to the MCI Center. But I'd say avoid that madness (unless you arrive early in the evening) and just make your way around the rest of the club.

For now the VIP Club is open only on Fridays and Saturdays, with Fridays being promoted to the international crowd and Saturdays being the club's urban night (club-speak for predominantly white and predominantly black, respectively). That's exactly the reverse of the promotions that take place at Dream. "That way we don't overlap or directly compete," Khanu says.

Each floor has a different musical angle. The ground floor is the only one with no dance floor, so it's got more of a lounge vibe. There's a small stage for live jazz and Latin bands, and the DJs will spin classic soul and mainstream R&B. In the basement (which, other than some exposed ductwork, is indistinguishable from the upstairs), the DJs will play salsa and merengue on Fridays, reggae, calypso and soukous on Saturdays. The second floor will feature house music, trance and mainstream dance tunes on Fridays, while the incredible speakers will be spilling out contemporary R&B and soul on Saturdays. The third floor will be more hip-hop oriented on both nights.

Friday is the club's second grand opening, and if Carmen Electra (hosting a Bebe fashion show) and Blind Date's Roger Lodge (casting for a Washington episode) are your idea of VIPs, then head down there that night to catch a glimpse of them. But who needs them when the club really does make everyone feel pretty important?

The VIP Club is 21-and-older, with cover charges ranging from $10 to $20, depending on time of arrival and the event.

-- Eric Brace

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Originally posted by shadygroovedc

I believe it'll be on Friday.

I personally can't wait to see Scott Henry again. No matter what the venue.

Scott's played a regular set in the main room of Buzz in the last few months. It was one of those nights where the only CPers who went were me and Crank (and Jonathan and Royce since they've now joined CP). Very good set, too.

I don't think I could deal with a place like VIP club.

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Originally posted by Kuro

Scott's played a regular set in the main room of Buzz in the last few months. It was one of those nights where the only CPers who went were me and Crank (and Jonathan and Royce since they've now joined CP). Very good set, too.

I don't think I could deal with a place like VIP club.

I haven't seen Scott Henry in the main room at Buzz in many months. I must've overlooked the memo the last time he came around.

A bunch of us invaded 1223 on Friday, and I personally had a great time.

I think if you have a big enough group of people, you can take over a piece of the dancefloor and you don't have to worry about people who cop attitudes and guidos who want to grope your women.

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Originally posted by shadygroovedc

I haven't seen Scott Henry in the main room at Buzz in many months. I must've overlooked the memo the last time he came around.

A bunch of us invaded 1223 on Friday, and I personally had a great time.

I think if you have a big enough group of people, you can take over a piece of the dancefloor and you don't have to worry about people who cop attitudes and guidos who want to grope your women.

werd. there were the regular cheese crowds and you knew who were the people that are not regulars at 1223..namely us, since we were the ones shouting, screaming and running around the whole place. the music was very good. really enjoyed odessa's set.

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Originally posted by shadygroovedc

I haven't seen Scott Henry in the main room at Buzz in many months. I must've overlooked the memo the last time he came around.

A bunch of us invaded 1223 on Friday, and I personally had a great time.

I think if you have a big enough group of people, you can take over a piece of the dancefloor and you don't have to worry about people who cop attitudes and guidos who want to grope your women.

I don't want to have to get dressed up. I always hated clubs and I guess I still do.

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Originally posted by Kuro

I don't want to have to get dressed up. I always hated clubs and I guess I still do.

By the looks of some of the people in the pictures on their website, you not only have to get dressed up but someone has to oil you down from head to toe & sprinkle you with glitter :rolleyes:

Actually, that might be fun....

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we say its all about the music. to listen to a dj we like and to the music we like, i'm willing to dress up even though i prefer the "i-just-got-out-of-bed-put-on-a pair-of-pants-and-headed-out-the-door-to-the-club-look"

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Originally posted by vicman

the oil part? :confused::rolleyes:

did you forget how to quote posts? *lol*

I was kidding about the oil thing.

I might be up for checking Scott Henry out. I've never been to VIP.

Their site (http://www.vipclubdc.com) says there is a guest list but it doesn't say what that means... discount? no line? free?

It doesn't even say if Scott Henry is there on Friday, it says its "casino" night. These kinds of details are important :rolleyes:

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Originally posted by vicman

we say its all about the music. to listen to a dj we like and to the music we like, i'm willing to dress up even though i prefer the "i-just-got-out-of-bed-put-on-a pair-of-pants-and-headed-out-the-door-to-the-club-look"

Clubbing isn't all about the music. It's about getting out, being with your friends, dancing, meeting new people, sometimes getting fubar, having fun, AND the music. Of course the music is a vital part of it for people like us and the quality of music influences the vibe and how much fun is to be had, but it's not all there is.

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Originally posted by tinybutterfli

LOL!! I saw that too. Now THAT's some VIP treatment :tongue:

You think by "complimentary hors", they mean free sex with hookers? Or do you think by "complimentary hors" they mean a bunch of hookers that just pay you empty compliments all night? If they're gonna have hookers, I'd rather get something else stroked except my ego. :D

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