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First Look at Studio XXI, a Luminous New Nightspot in Chelsea

First Look at Studio XXI, a Luminous New Nightspot in Chelsea

Photo: Courtesy of Studio XXI

Vintage West isn’t the only nightclub opening for the holiday-party season. Nightlife fixture Michael Gizaw (a.k.a. Mickey Dread, not to be confused with the late reggae musician Mikey Dread) has hired managing director Redd Stylez (last seen opening the Gates) and doorman Stephan Seguin (Pink Elephant, the Griffin) to breathe new life into the second-floor space that was formerly Citrine (and the somewhat less forgettable Snitch).

Photo: Courtesy of Studio XXI

The room has been loosely themed after a recording studio, and the audio system (including speaker grills in the ceiling) comes from folks who’ve lent their talents to the Limelight, Tunnel, and Palladium. The D.J. booth is enclosed in glass and the VIP area in the back doubles as a performance stage. As you can see from the drink list below, you can sip an array of specialty cocktails at the black-leather banquettes, but if you’re coming here, it’s probably to dance to D.J.'s with names like Bizzy and Chachi: Starting December 8, the club is open 11 p.m. till 4 a.m. on Monday, and Wednesday through Saturday.

Studio XXI Drink Menu [PDF]

Studio XXI, 9 W. 21st St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-359-4200

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