Visceralist Does: People Lounge
We are very excited to announce this new weekly feature by fellow neighborhood scribe Visceralist. Each segment will review a random night spot in the Lower East Side.
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163 Allen St. (btw Rivington & Stanton)
New York, NY 10002
Bathroom situation – Street level: two in the rear, one with urinals, one without. Both as plain as Jane’s plain brain game. Upper level: two single-person units around the corner from the bar, but one seems to be employees-only. The other one is spacious enough for you to bring a friend, and the walls are thick enough that people outside won’t be able to eavesdrop on the inevitable argument that erupts when your so-called friend gets all incensed that you asked her to do “that” in there.
Crowded on weekends? – this is People Lounge’s consistent claim to fame. As advertised, there be people. All in your grill.
Cost of Stella – apparently if you show up in some nice UniQlo attire and have a receding hairline (oh, btw they don’t allow baseball caps in here) you get charged one price, but if you show up in some been there, done that Bloomie’s bullshit you get a different, lower price. Rich get richer…
Guy:girl ratio – 50:50 ish, though you’ll sometimes be hard-pressed to tell which is which. “Strong in the face” is a phrase you’ll overhear more than once.
Space for dancing? – huzzah, People Lounge’s one saving grace. They actually have a “dance floor” on the upper level and the DJ actually plays songs with +120 bpm and syncopation. Granted, it’s usually so crowded that inadvertent bumping/grinding is a given, but the dopamine that (for once) is naturally released in your brain after Sean Paul’s “Get Busy” fades into Keri Hilson’s “Turnin Me On” will more than make up for it.