Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Nicolette Gets Touch'd Up

As promised, brand new contributor Nicolette from Niolette and the City stops by Touch and lives to write about it.

My first mistake of the evening was showing up to Touch at 12:30 a.m. (11:30 p.m. would be ideal). There was a line, I don’t even know if you would call it that, of people arguing their way into the club. Having no patience for this I texted my friend who had a table inside to come walk me in. When I walked to the front of the line the doorman was reprimanding a group of 3 guys for breaking the club world rules- showing up without any girls and one guy was wearing sneakers. The doorman then gave them a 3 second ultimatum to buy a table or get off the line. When it was my turn I told the doorman my deal-whose guest list I was on, me plus 3 girls. He comped me (most likely because I didn’t waste his time, was a girl and knew the rules) but not my three friends who had to pay a $20 cover.

When you walk into Touch you can go to your right, a long narrow hallway or to your left where the bar is. Either way leads to the dance floor in the back of the club. My first choice was the long hallway to the dance floor. We stepped onto the dance floor and my initial thought – massive huge orgy without any air conditioning. Everyone was drunk, gyrating to the music and was going crazy. There were a few tables in the middle of the dance floor – not very “VIP” so skip it. Then there is an elevated stage that surrounds the dance floor against the wall with all VIP tables- and every single one was taken. The second floor is exclusive VIP with tables only and you need a bracelet to get upstairs. I did make it upstairs after a group of guys found me and my girls and invited us up for a drink. There I met DJ Omi who was spinning all night long – and is solely responsible for keeping me at Touch as long as I did (that and a few drinks). She played everything from Hip Hop to House to Rock. I would definitely see her spin again, she made the crowd go crazy and have so much energy.

Overall Touch wasn’t as bad as my first thoughts were when I walked into the club. The location isn’t my favorite - west 52nd street between Broadway and 8th avenue. Touch is as club as you get - not a bar and not a lounge/club so if that is not your scene you are going to hate it. Would I go back? Yea I most likely will. I would say go with a big group of friends, buy the table (you know they are going to make you), pregame…a lot, and have a good night.

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is it a criticism to say that she must be from New Jersey?

astralgirl01 said...

Um, not at all... my theory is that if you have to pay a cover, it's not the type of place I'd like to go. A true VIP NEVER pays, you're always on the guestlist.

And speaking of trashy nightlife and club scenes, wtf with covering all of these guido-fest clubs, DBTH?

I really miss the old DBTH blog that I love(d)-- the one that got all of the hot scoops about chic hotel and lounge openings, restaurant gossip, and waaay-before-the-rest scoops... I mean, you haven't even covered the secret reopening of SubMercer?!?!?

C'mon, snap out of it!

Anonymous said...

i can't second astralgirl enough...it's been said before but your covering too much stuff thats not really in the influencer realm this site used to hit spot on...

this is a new low...3 girls paying cover at touch...wow that falls right in with the spring welcoming e-mail to rose bar rooftop that just went out

Anonymous said...

what are you two whiners covering? It seems that the content mix is growing, which is always good.

Anonymous said...

you used to be a quality blog that wasn't updated as often as others but always updated with fun relevant info. now most of your entries are crap.

and nicolette in the city?? are you kidding me?

Anonymous said...

Yeah I heard touch wasn't great at all. Sounds like a hassle to get in at least I got to read about it here first. I like her site too it seems like she writes about things honestly not just promoting the club. Definetly checking her site more often!!

pbjulab said...

DBTH: Quality or Quantity? Cards are on the table.

Anonymous said...

Does this post not all clue you VIP's in to what happens at Touch? If you've never been, now you will know not to go, which I never will. seems like it's both quality and relevant to me.

Anonymous said...

I am always VIP either on the Guestlist or I know a Promotor the fact that a she knew people and still had to pay says alot about Touch. Glad I read this.

Anonymous said...

we all know recent arrivals to nyc do some lame party shit as part of the adjustment period getting settled and making new friends. do we need to read about that, or the trashy clubs pretending to be vegas/south beach ? do we need to see the current cornball club flyers? i mean, what's the point of this blog again?

it's kind of like finding out your hipster boyfriend listens to Z100 when you're not around...y'know just uh for uh research purposes.

Anonymous said...

This is not very Hipster...

Anonymous said...

you guys are so stupid. the flyers are a joke. its sarcasm. jesus you are dense. its a JOKE PEOPLE!

DBTH said...

Yes - what is the point of this blog?

amediumformat said...

what is art?

Anonymous said...

mom is that you?

astralgirl01 said...

Who knows-- with a name like Down By The Hipster, I would think you're supposed to be bringing us the hot, super-secret shite on the regular?!?

If you can't tell us, no one will.

But I'm just sad, as this used to be a daily check-in for me, and now, even GRUB STREET and The NewBlog seems to out-scoop DBTH. Now that's not good.

I'm rooting for your comeback, dude... you can do it!

Anonymous said...

yawn astralgirl

Anonymous said...

give us some real hipster news... like even something along the lines of Danity Kane's album release at Tenjune on Tuesday, which would be a little more relevant to the hipsters who love this blog more than myspace! haha. At least that party had a few good name-droppers...

DJ SOUL said...

If u were gonna do a post on Touch, u should've had someone cover the Snoop Dog album release party which i played at... I need a publicist...

Anonymous said...

Touch sux, my friend hosted a party there and had the tables in the back. Yo, when it gets crowded the possibility of falling off that stage and fuckin injure yourself is extremely high. Bouncers are rude and the guys are fugly.

Anonymous said...

I will have to say I think this site is falling off. Why do we need to hear about some girl from new jerseys whack life here in nyc. She pays cover, goes to clubs like touch, and waits in line, basically the epitome of Jersey Trash. Lets just hope she doesn't start sending her friends to this site and they start invading more of decent spots here in the City.

ps.
Any idiot can have a website "content is king", and her content it crap

Anonymous said...

Wow her friends must really be savage . In all my time living in NYC i have never seen 4 girls have to pay cover

Anonymous said...

Please fire this loser as she has nothing of value to add to this website, or life in general.

Anonymous said...

Anon 11:00 - why do you have to write the same thing on two different posts?

guess your content is ultimate crap. thanks for playing.

Anonymous said...

I was excited to see the site growing with Nicolette but.....

"I would say go with a big group of friends, buy the table (you know they are going to make you), pregame…a lot, and have a good night."

Eh. Really DBTH? This kid is supposed to be an insider?

amediumformat said...

its funny how all you people think you're so hipster but there's nothing worse than people who think they're too cool and judge others for being uncool. that in essence makes you more unhip then they are.

it is interesting to hear about how others go out and where they go and what they experience. whether or not they're as insider or tapped in as you are is irrelevant.

it's funny to hear about someone new to the city. i bet that not one of you were immediately going to bungalow 5 years ago your first month in the city walking in and giving armin a pound.

get over yourselves.

Anonymous said...

Irrelevant? Everyone can write about their experiences- but what about writing well? I'd say if you are a site that is referenced as often as DBTH then you had better consider talent along with height/weight/hair color.

Anonymous said...

i think it's obviously a divided topic but one that garnered 27 posts in a day! haven't seen that since the birnbaum satsky fiasco...

really though i would love to see this site trim back down to quality ...i'm not even going to say over quantity cause your still only posting like twice a day...it's just much shitter posts now.

cover the things that made this site cool...you missed the virgins at bloomies last night, aoike at rose, barishnikov's photo exhibit last friday...things of substance and a lot more 'hip' then whats currently up here.

Anonymous said...

I second that... whether or not we like anything that has been written... I am sure that your opinion is not either of their main concern, rather comments, press, how many people went to their site, are. and we are just all feeding on it. Including me. I have to say this is just really good free PR they just did. Props to both of them.

Oh yeah and thanks for telling me Touch is horrible. I already knew that but at least I got a first hand experience of how bad it could be.

Anonymous said...

who cares?

Anonymous said...

ha this post beat the birnbaum/statsky fight? See that was good info.. what happen to insider information?

Anonymous said...

amediumformat, I couldn't agree with you more

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Anonymous said...

Has anyone read Nicolette's blog?
I guess Jersey public schools don't teach grammar/spelling, or at least how to use that handy tool called "spell check". And could she be more skectchy? She randomly friended me on facebook begging me to read her blog. Come on, DBTH, you can do better.