‘Mini Rex’ Karaoke Bar Might Take Over Leftfield on Ludlow Street

Posted on: February 1st, 2017 at 5:12 am by


Out of left field comes a new “sober-style” karaoke bar. In other words, it appears that Leftfield at 87 Ludlow Street is looking to jet. The five-year-old skate-ish bar (and sometimes problem child) will likely close in the coming weeks to make way for what’s described as a “luxury karaoke” concept.

The forthcoming Mini Rex — named after the breed of proprietor Edouard Gave’s pet rabbit — is to feature three private karaoke rooms and three communal stages across two floors. Cover charges will be charged on all rooms.

The twist here, however, is that Gave (aka Fifth Elephant LLC) is heavily focusing on virgin beverages. Indeed, the cocktail menu sports over a dozen non-alcoholic drinks named after popular tunes (e.g. Empire State of Rind).


87 Ludlow is apparently the second choice for Gave. He originally planned to launch Mini Rex with partner Karin Elgai on West 22nd Street, in the former home of The Unicorn gay porn shop, but that seems to have petered out.

With all that said, Mini Rex withdrew its application for Community Board 3 consideration in February. Yet, don’t be surprised to see it reappear on the horizon. Especially given the active social media presence…

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