NYC Nightlife: Everything You Need To Know Wednesday

by Mara Siegler · June 15, 2011

A first look inside the Dream Downtown, opening tonight;  gross stuff going on at National Underground; a new rooftop in the Meatpacking District; a new life for Bungalow 8; a boycott against rum; a celeb spotting at Mr. H; and a look at the nightlife dreams of Kirtsie Alley.  Today's nightlife roundup is reaching for the stars at it reaches for the bottle.

1. The Dream Hotel Opens Tonight [GofG]

The Dream Downtown may officially open tonight, but a handful of New York's elite class have already had their chance to inaugurate it into the party scene.  We've got a first look inside the space!

2. National Underground Shut By Health Department [TheLoDown]

The National Underground, the rock bar owned by Gavin Degraw, was shut down Friday by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene when inspectors issued 71 violation points (a C grade). Problems included issues with improper holding temperatures and the potential for contamination, as well as the presence of mice or the evidence of mice.  Yuck. They are trying to get everything fixed and could be open by tomorrow.

3. STK To Open Rooftop Space Tomorrow [Facebook]

STK in the Meatpacking District is offering up just one more option in rooftop revelry.

4. Bungalow 8 To Get New Lease On Life As Art Gallery [ArtInfo]

Chelsea gallerist Paul Kasmin has taken over Bungalow 8 and will be making it into an art gallery.

"I've been looking for a space with skylights, but there was always some problem with them, and this was ready to move immediately," says Kasmin, who also has plans to use the building at 515 West 27th Street as an indoor sculpture garden of sorts. "These days I like sculpture a lot. I like the idea of having this mix of shows, newer stuff with older, more established things. I'll be able to have two shows at the same time, which I've always wanted to do."

5. Painkiller Supporters Call Boycott Against Pussers [GrubStreet]

Painkiller is being forced to change its name to PKNY because of legal action brought about by Pusser's Rum, which owns the trademark to the Painkiller name.  PKNY lovers are not happy! They've started the Facebook Group Bartenders and Cocktailians against Pusser's Rum and are urging a boycott.

6. What Happens When Does Prohibition Theme Minus The Illegal Booze [Eater]

John Fraser's restaurant installation on Cleveland Place, What Happens When, has its liquor license revoked two weeks ago. He has a chance to get it back on June 22, but until then the place is promoting a new theme "movement," prohibition. The walls have been covered in newspaper and they are serving up mocktails.

7. Oh Land Performs At Top of The Standard For Interview Magazine [GofG]

Interview Magazine, along with Standard Sounds, held a performance by drop dead gorgeous Dane, Oh Land last night at Top of the Standard.  Above is the video, but we have more info on who was there and what happened.

8. Kirstie Alley Parties At Goldbar [Gatecrasher] [Image via]

Kirstie Alley showed off her moves this weekend at Goldbar with her Dancing With the Stars partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, and Teddy Volynets, who is also on the show.

There, a source tells us, the 51-year-old began talking to Goldbar's Jonny Lennon about upcoming deejay gigs and her interest in hitting the turntables in New York City.

9.  Stevie Wonder Parties At Mr. H [P6]

Mr. H, while already cool, just skyrocketed. Stevie Wonder hung out at the lounge after being inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Apollo Theater. He grabbed the DJ mich and sang "Superstition" and "Living for the Cit," and stayed out dancing till 4:30am with Maxwell, Rachel Roy and Sanaa Lathan among others.