Quietly open for weeks now, the intimate downtown nightclub and cocktail bar is celebrating its grand grand opening today with an invitation-only black-tie party. Located beneath Barley House in a space that more recently housed the Spy Bar, the experience centers around bottle service at tables and private rooms. From 10 p.m. tonight, the bar is open to the general public.
The club is owned by Ethos Hospitality Group, which also owns TownHall. The execution of the concept comes from VE, who serves as creative director, and Josh Lang, a Sandusky native who previously opened restaurants in San Diego, Washington DC and, most recently, Las Vegas with the Light Group and Clique Hospitality. Also working with partners Corey May and Joe Oravec, the couple now run Ethos’ nightlife division, which also manages barley house and the launch of a rooftop club in Columbus called Mandrake in April as well as work on an as-yet-unannounced nightclub in Cleveland.
“It’s a very different demographic than Barley House,” says Lang, who is 37 and is looking for a more adult dating experience. “It’s a place for West Sixth grads. A lot of people don’t want to come downtown once they hit their 30s, so we wanted to create something that was sexier and an exclusive experience.
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This alluring space sits deep in the bowels of West Sixth, far more hidden than its sister spot Barley House. A lobby with full bar and photo wall welcomes you as you enter. Depending on the time, visitors will find a craft cocktail bar with elevated seating and a bar or dance club vibe as the hours go by. The music ranges from modern hits to Michael Jackson. Seven demarcated VIP tables, available for those who wish to take advantage of bottle service, surround the ground floor, and a private room with another full bar provides an even more exclusive experience for high rollers. “When you offer a premium experience,” says Lang, “there will be a premium for experiencing it.
Bar manager Jonny Seredich offers a list of drinks designed to meet the needs of ladies, says Lang. While bottle service and tequila and champagne cocktails play a major role, visually appealing craft cocktail options such as the Issa Vibe ($16), a sweet version of the tiki, litter the menu. “We have arguably the best cocktail menu and beverage program in town,” says Lang. “We’re going to have a list of exotic bottles that most places in town don’t have.”
If, like me, you’re the type to grab a bite to eat even when clubbing, the menu at Lost – which is served at Barley House and designed by TownHall’s head chef – has a few options for you. “It will be a light bites menu,” says Lang. Throw Back Snacks ($9), which include Teddy Grahams, Sour Patch Kids, Flaming Hot Cheetos and Goldfish, are fun to munch on, while Lobster Tacos ($16) or Sliders ($14) offer a snack more heavy that will hold up while you party until breakfast.
Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the club had an invitation-only membership program.