Will Ella Be Just Another Speakcheesy?


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Ella the person.Photo: Getty Images

Metromix rounds up the bars opening this fall, and while we probably wont be braving the Village Pourhouses Columbia location (and weve already told you about Apothke and Chestnuts 25-seat next-door lounge, Chestnut Bar) were intrigued by the requisite faux-speakeasy contender, Ella: A bi-level piano bar and cocktail lounge channeling the glamour of 1920s Hollywood, from the owners of Plan B and GalleryBar. Who knows, Ella may well be a gem (were promised the 1920s garb on the bartenders will be sexy but not costumey), but let it be known: Bars that go down this road unsuccessfully will now be called speakcheesies. Were watching you, Ella.

Meanwhile, the Daily News brings news of a decidedly forward-thinking venue, the Queensbridge Theater, which will open in Long Island City in October. The 5,000-square-foot club will be the first of its kind in the borough, where locals can dance, dine and watch live performances, all in one place. At the helm: Robert Prichard, whose Surf Reality theater was, of course, priced out of Manhasbeen. The L.I.C. zip code will serve him well, since the venue will be open 21 hours a day no 2 a.m. closing time here!

Long Island City Supper Club Aims to Rock Amid The Rolls [NYDN]
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