Last night, my friend and I went to CURE Lounge - what used to be Aria in the Theatre District. Apparently, it had been redone and expected to be different than what Aria was (Aria closed down in 2008 due to a club shooting.)
When we walked up to the bouncers, we felt like we were walking into some shady alley way where people deal drugs behind dumpsters. Despite that, we still went in.
CURE itself is a very nice place. You feel like you are in a house with it being completely carpeted, couches everywhere, fireplaces etc. It has a very welcoming feel to it. But the experience - not so much. I am going to bitch about petty things, but hey, that's what I do. All these little complaints add up to a somewhat disappointing experience at this new club.
The lounge is overwhelmed with tables! Everywhere you look there is a table in the limited space. Usually when you go out to a club/lounge, people are mingling with strangers and just groovin'. Here, since everyone pretty much belonged to a table, they were chilling with their own people which is fine but not if you didn't belong to a table.
The drinks were extremely overpriced for what you were getting. The amount and strength of the drink given was laughable. At least if I go over across the street to the W and pay the same $12 for one drink, I am guaranteed to get drunk.
You walk into the ladies room and you feel like you just walked into a photo shoot. I am pretty sure that if you're in that restroom long enough, one can lose their eyesight from the bright lights.
There was one good thing though. The music was PHENOMENAL! [DJ BERRIE!] I wanted to go all out and dance so bad but it felt so awkward since everyone was just kind of standing around doing their own thing with their own people.
I couldn't really tell if I was at a club or a lounge last night and I am pretty sure CURE is trying to figure out which of the two it is or if it is a 2-in-1 kinda thing. I would come back here again perhaps with a much larger group of friends and I would make sure to arrive a lot more inebriated than I was last night. Overall, not really impressed. I give this place a 2.5 star rating. Hopefully next Saturday is more fun! Until then, ciao!
Theme Song: Fight For You by Morgan Page [DJ Berrie remix]