A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints: De Santos vs. Santos’ Party House

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When Italian restaurant De Santos opened last week in whats said to be a former speakeasy where Diana Ross had her first gig, confusion reigned supreme. Okay, not so much, but you have to admit the name is similar to Santos Party House, and the similarities dont stop there both bi-level venues are backed by musicians, even if one of them penned the rock anthem Party Til You Puke and the other is known more for songs like When the Angels Cry. Clearly this calls for a chart!



















































SANTOS PARTY HOUSE DE SANTOS
The Names Originally Santas Party House, but changed for legal reasons. Partner Luis Miguel Amutio experienced "divine inspiration" when he saw the original Puerto Vallarta location, hence "of Saints."
The Mottoes All ways fun. Food and music.
The Rockers Owner Andrew W.K. played his first live show there Monday. Alex Gonzalez is drummer for Mexican band Man. Theyre too big to play De Santos.
The D.J.'s James Murphy, Ete D'Amour, and Rich Medina and Q-Tip spin weekly. D.J.'s will spin Latin grooves, bossa nova, and world beats, with house music later in the night.
The Artists Owner Spencer Sweeney, an artist, spent a year trying to get a liquor license. Mexican artist Rogelio Diazs paintings were inspired by the owners and the blood they sweat into this place.
The Signage Andrew W.K. makes signs that say YOU LOOK AMAZING! ITS SO FUN, and PLEASE HAVE A WONDERFUL NIGHT HERE! Back when this was Ninth Circle Bar, Edward Albee took the title Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf from an inscription that was on the mens-room mirror.
The Quiet Spots A conversation pit in the basement. A sunken back patio.
The Menus Andrew W.K. is at work on a drink called Santas Summer Milk. Luxembourg-born Aldo Alo's Mediterranean menu goes beyond egg nog. It can be found here.