You don’t usually associate men's lifestyle and entertainment magazine Playboy with an old church. But downtown’s Spire Nightclub brings the two together this weekend.
Open since January 20, the sultry spot, housed in the former First Church of Christ Scientist building on Main Street, gets even sexier when Playboy’s Super Bowl Party lands at the venue on Saturday night. What better way to break in a new club than with a performance by singer/rapper Flo Rida, and a slew of celebrities and high-profile athletes?
Making sure everything goes off without a hitch is the team of veteran club owners behind Spire, the Clé Group which includes Zack Truesdell, Salim Dehkordi, Dallas Rodriguez, and Andy Estes, the masterminds behind Midtown’s popular Club Clé.
"Lucky for us we are versed in running big nightclubs and parties, and have the experience to cater to the needs of high-end clients. We’ve hosted Afrojack, Steve Aoki, Justin Bieber, and The Chainsmokers," Truesdell tells CultureMap.
Club-goers can’t miss the building, on the corner of Main and Jefferson, thanks to the long, pointed gold spire that extends from the top of the 15,000 square-foot structure. The inspiration for the club’s name, it's one of the only relics still left from the former First Church of Christ Scientist, along with a few painted glass windows, still intact, throughout the space.
The layout of Spire Nightclub, with a total capacity of 1,200, features three rooms, each with a different theme.
Upon entering the front door on Jefferson, the first room you come to is called The Courtyard. A small outdoor patio spills into a u-shaped interior bar area with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that, when open, give the bar a porch-like feel. Turquoise colored walls run the length of a long turquoise bar to the left, while the color scheme changes to purple mid-u, where 10 tables are situated.
Behind all the turquoise is the main room with a central dance floor and DJ booth positioned 12-feet above dancer’s heads, surrounded by 30 tables on two split levels and a first-floor bar. Plush ivory couches and red walls add a rich touch while state-of-the-art lighting and sound amp up the party vibe, along with three LED screens, a confetti cannon and a CO2 system.
The right part of the u-shape is the club’s most intimate area, with only nine tables, deemed The Moroccan Room. Fittingly, Moroccan-style lights hang above the room's one bar, and warm colors, from browns and mustard to burgandy, dress the space. Large Void Acoustics speakers on the ceiling add a pop of red.
To score a table, you'll need to break out your credit card and commit to bottle service. Pricing starts at $200 for a bottle of New Amsterdam vodka and goes up to $1,000 for a bottle of Ace of Spades champagne. Your investment also gets you a dedicated cocktail waitress so you can keep the party going without having to brave the crowded bar.
Puff away when you order hookah service, priced from $20-$50 and available in several flavors like pineapple, apple, and more.
And if you must drive, five nearby lots, including one in the back parking lot of Spire Nightclub, offer a sufficient amount of parking.
Although the 90-year-old Hugh Hefner won’t be around to join in the Super Bowl action at the Playboy party this weekend, he’s sending a squad of Playboy playmates to mix and mingle with guests. Even the cocktail waitresses will get into the spirit, dressed in Playboy bunny outfits for the occasion. Tickets are still available, but get yours now — they’re going fast.
Super Bowl LI party or not, be advised that you’ll likely have to brave a long line on any given night. Reserve table service or get there early if you don’t want to wait.