Club Clé (French for key), the posh new nightclub in Midtown, is upping the nightlife ante with 9,000 square feet of high-roller glam and glitz.
Night owl hedonists can thank Zack Truesdell (Christian’s Tailgate, Saint Dane's), Salim Dehkordi and Dallas Rodriguez (both of Avenue Night Club) for the hotspot where lines for entry form early and the partying continues into the wee morning hours.
The sexy space, with room for 1,200 (600 inside and 600 outside) revelers, boasts sleek décor in black, rich red and gold, sparkling chandeliers, a central dance floor and a trendy crowd of social movers with plenty of discretionary income.
The hotspot is is quickly becoming known for its VIP bottle service and a Sin City vibe — all for a price.
Book it, baby
Twenty-eight plush booths line either side of the dance area. But you'll need to break out the credit card and commit to the high-end bottle service package in order to secure one of the coveted spots.
Pricing starts at $300 for a perch in the rear corner of the club. Highly coveted tables, located closest to the DJ booth, require a heftier minimum bottle guarantee, which tops out at $5,000.
Partying like a rock star at your own table, no matter which price point, will score you a bottle (or bottles) of booze delivered straight to your seat, ensuring you won’t have to fight for the bartender’s attention at the crowded bar — and you can keep the party going without interruption.
Love the champagne girl
Spend the big bucks and your bottles will be delivered Sin City-style by a bevy of beauties carrying sparklers and letters that spell out your name as well as by a skimpily-clad champagne girl perched atop a giant gold key that's carried in by four hunky guys.
The perks that come with table reservations are plenty. You will be greeted at the front door and escorted past the doorman as you bypass the line of common folk waiting to get in. During the evening, no less than four helpers will check in on your table, ensuring that your every booze filled need is met and your table stays serviced and clean.
For those trying to budget, you can skip table service all together, but you'll have to brave the line to enter and fetch your own drinks. The line starts early for the 10 p.m. opening. We recommend arriving when the doors open. Two bars are located in the front of the club, one dark and mysterious, the other decked out in all white with cushy leather sofas.
The cool kids
Get your social game on hobnobbing with your neighbors. High-profilers like Chandler Parsons, Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and former Houston Rockets’ player Robert Horry have been spotted among the crowd.
In between mingling, make your way to the dance floor as a DJ spins an up-tempo mix of house music, hip-hop and Top 40 tunes over a state-of-the-art sound system and LED screens deliver graphics that sway to the music.
Step outside for a breath of air, take a puff from a rental hookah and hang by the newly added pool. Although it's connected to the patio and accessible during all business hours, hold your swim trunks and bikinis for Sundays — that's the only day you’re allowed to take a dip, 4 to 10 p.m.
Reserved seating for six daybeds and 10 private cabanas on the open-air party deck is available only to those booking bottle service, of course, which ranges from $300 to $1,500 on Sunday Funday.
The 40-foot outdoor bar features five flatscreen TVs, 15 beers on tap, shareable punch and eight creative cocktails. Don't skip the Clé De La Ville made with whiskey, citrus fruit and botanical Spanish liqueur, cherry bitters and an orange twist.
Also exclusive to Sundays is a menu of bites from now-open Pan-Asian neighbor, Tarakaan. Expect ceviche, fish tacos, chicken strips, sandwiches and more.