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La Bodega 47 Social Club in Harlem (New)

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We stopped by La Bodega 47 Social Club this week in Harlem the night of the pouring rain/snow storm and were pleasantly surprised and relieved when we walked through the red velvet drapes into the welcoming, warm space.  Due to weather, and the fact that La Bodega are still in their soft opening until early March, there were just a few patrons at the bar.  However, owner Brian Washington- Palmer along with Harlem Park to Park’s Nikoa Evans Hendricks arrived shortly afterwards.  And we were happy to speak with Brian about what to expect of La Bodega.

We sampled several tasty rum-based drinks which warmed us up nicely.   That warmth was further reinforced by the decor which was dark, cozy, inviting as well as visually interesting.  The old school floating lamps added a fun and unique touch to the atmosphere.  We had hoped to sample the food, but the kitchen will open during the official opening period which is expected in March (for details see the Press Release below).  Many of the planned dishes sound tasty.

To top it all off, the staff was friendly and knowledgeable about and interested in the neighborhood.

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Just below is a photo of the back wall in La Bodega which looks like a shelf full of stacked produce which you would find in any local Bodega.  Or is it?  You will have to stop in to see for yourself.

Big thumbs up to the fun and innovative chic and kitsch design.

La Bodega 47 Social Club 161 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10026
(212) 280-4700
Hours 5:00 pm to 3:00 am

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PRESS RELEASE

LA BODEGA 47 SOCIAL CLUB TO OPEN IN HARLEM

The Newest Venture from Uptown Restaurant and Nightlife Impresario
Brian Washington- Palmer

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Brian Washington-Palmer

Harlem, NY – January 22, 2014 — Harlem’s nightlife will go up another notch next month with the opening of its newest bar and late night eatery, La Bodega 47 Social Club. Brian Washington-Palmer, the uptown nightlife and restaurant pioneer and owner of such acclaimed hotspots as Bleu Evolution, the Monkey Room, No Parking and Native, will open the upscale bar and lounge on the corner of 118th and Lenox, adding to Harlem’s ever-expanding entertainment scene and to Lenox Avenue’s growing nightlife venues.

The Latin- and Carribean-inspired La Bodega is a rum craft mixology concept that will feature cocktails skillfully created with a well-curated global collection of the finest rums from the Diaspora including Guyana, Venezuela, Jamaica, Trinadad, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Brazil, West Indies, as well as local craft brands from New York. It will open initially with drinks only, but eventually include a Latin infused menu from Palmer-Washington, a chef who was at the helm of the kitchens in all of his previous ventures.

La Bodega’s design and concept is based on the beloved New York City institution of the bodega, the “corner store” used for smaller grocery items, a gathering place, and an opportunity to satisfy a craving — salty, sweet or of the alcohol variety. The social club is a continuation of a conversation that began with Washington-Palmer’s journey as a NY nightlife and restaurant impresario, from his Lower Eastside days, to his many Washington Heights ventures, to Harlem’s Native and now La Bodega. It is lounge and a social meeting place with an eclectic, multicultural groove that will finally give Harlem a go-to bar that is as conceptual and upscale as it is welcoming and neighborly.

The bodega influence is carried throughout the project, from the exterior, echoing the look and feel of a traditional bodega, with bright awnings and creative lighting, to interior design elements that also include references to the bodega motif coupled with a neutral palette of warm tones against design elements of wood, metal, glass, lucite and ecological materials like cork.

Washington-Palmer designed the overall space and concept and the vision is executed by designer William Rohlfing, a scenic and interior design specialist with clients like Steven Miesel, 40 Acres and a Mule, BET, Universal Pictures, Apple, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macys, and Victorias Secret, among others. Central to the design is the bar that creates a cohesive feeling to the room for maximum opportunities for interaction. Dramatic lighting along with a customized playlist of Latin, House, World and other global-themed lounge music round off the atmosphere for a cool and eclectic vibe.

Hours of operation: 5 pm to 3 am M-Sun

Soft Launch Tonight at La Bodega 47 Social Club in Harlem

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La Bodega 47 Social Club is having their soft opening tonight Tuesday, February 11th, at 5 pm.  It is open to the public – with limited menu and cocktails for the next two weeks as they settle in.

This location was previously the popular Native a neighborhood favorite which owner Brian Washington-Palmer decided to revamp into more of cocktail lounge. (see Jeff C Mays recent post on La Bodega for DNAinfo New York).  La Bodega 47 Social Club will have a special menu of cocktails using 47 rums from all over the world.  The “Harlem Roundhouse Punch” cocktail made with Due-North rum will be one of many selections to choose from.  Who doesn’t like a good rum drink!  Not a lot of info yet on the appetizers other than they are Latin-themed: “lobster corn dogs with spicy mustard and Portuguese fat rice, short rib chili nachos and heirloom tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons to name a few.

Stop in and check it out!

La Bodega 47 Social Club
161 Lenox Avenue
New York, New York 10026
(212) 280-4700
5:00 pm – 3:00 am

La Bodega 47 Social Club

La Bodega 47 Social Club

Nights In Harlem (Lounge Mix) Free Podcast

 

Nights In Harlem (Lounge Mix)


RhythmDB’s latest mix for HCL is sure to be a favorite for the grown and sexy crowd.  Bringing it downtempo this podcast will take you on a soulful journey with chillout grooves, jazz, neo-soul, brazilian, hiphop, world, remixes & mellow house grooves.  To download or stream “Nights In Harlem” (Lounge Mix) click on the following links below…

Download free (via iTunes) |   Play on-line now (via Podbean)

See Playlist below

PLAYLIST-

Nickodemus- (intro fade) Sun People mixed with DJ Sun- Ten

Nina Simone- My Man’s Gone Now (Dj Wally Remix)

DJ Sun- Marks On The Keys

Incognito- Everybody Loves the Sunshine mixed with Roy Ayers- Everybody Loves the Sunshine (9th Wonder Remix)

Billie Holiday- Trav’lin All Alone (Nickodemus & Zeb Remix)

Blue Six- We Used to Rock

Cesaria Evora- Quem bo e (Who Are You)

J.Period & Nneka- Mind Vs. Heart

Marcio Faraco- No Casa Do Seu

Ursula Rucker- Anyouknowhat? (Original Mix)

The Game f./Pharrell & Justin Timberlake- Ain’t No Doubt About It

Malcolm McLaren- Un Coche de Agua Negra

Raul Paz- Buena Suerte

Fat Freddy’s Drop- The Raft

Samantha James- Find a Way

Vikter Duplaix- Electric Love (Jneiro Jarel Remix)

U.Rucker- Obama Interlude #2

Jill Scott, Al Jarreau & George Benson- God Bless the Child

Billie Holiday- All Of Me (Live Version)

Sunshine Jones- If You Wouldn’t Mond (Tiger Stripes Remix)

Audiofly- 1999

Kindred the Family Soul- House of Love (AC’s Dub Mix)

UPTOWN Saturday Nights At Les Ambassades In Harlem


UPTOWN Saturday Nights at Les Ambassades Bar & Restaurant.

Every Saturday from 7 PM – Midnight with music by:  DJ BREEZE

Food will be served until closing.  Stop in and check it out.

Stay tuned for their Grand Opening which will be announced soon!

LES AMBASSADES
341 LENOX AVENUE (127TH STREET)
(212) 866-9700