New York|Nightlife

"It's $1500 Tonight, But I'll Let You In For $1200"

What unscrupulous club bar proprietor said this last night?  Find out after the jump...

Anthony Martignetti, James WillisIt was none other than Anthony Martignetti.  We've long been the proponents of Martignetti's and the old inexpensive dive bar Bella's, however, Bella's latest iteration, Southside, is an expensive dive bar.  One which Martignetti is desperately trying to turn into a bottle service type atmosphere where they hawk bottles down patrons throats.  It's highway robbery, and quite frankly, in this economy it's an insult.  More to come as we chronicle this fledgling bar as it tries to pretend it's something it's not...

Oh and remember what Anthony recently told New York Magazine (gulp):

The emphasis won’t be on bottle service. Instead, Martignetti says that he and his bartender, Dennis Denisoff...are working on a “gourmet fishbowl.” [NYMag]

NOT!

Update: A look through better times:

[RIP Bella's 2006-2008]
[Best $2k I Ever Spent! Southside Is Here!]
[Socializing At Southside: Let The Party Begin]
[Introducing Southside: Reincarnation Never Looked This Good]
[Socializing At Southside: Hey Mr. DJ!]
[I Can't Believe It's Not Butter At Bar Marts]
[James Willis Blessed From The Party Gods]

And Now:

[Anthony Martignetti Wants You To Pay $1500 Dollars To Enter His New Club Southside]