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Shiny, Slick Starck Room Channels Famous French Design In a Bar for “Discerning Guests”

The bar, set to debut in May, promises a “clean, sexy” environment inspired by (though not affiliated with) French industrial designer Philippe Starck

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a pink cocktail with that looks like flower petals as a garnish
The Venus, Starck Room’s take on the classic Cosmopolitan
Al Torress Photography

An intimate new nightclub and event space inspired by a French architect and designer is set to make its official debut in Midtown in May.

The Starck Room has been quietly open for a few months at 2450 Louisiana St. Suite 100, in what was formerly Ibiza Lounge. The new venue is planning for a grand opening celebration sometime in early May, according to a press release.

Thought he’s not involved in the project, the Starck Room was inspired by French industrial designer Philippe Starck, best known for his Masters Chair, ghost chairs, and spider-like juicer. According to a statement, the team behind the Starck Room was specifically inspired by the architect’s Delano Beach Club hotel in South Beach, the SLS Hotel in LA, and the Paramount Hotel in Manhattan. The unnamed industry veterans behind the club wanted a “clean, sexy name that matched the design and elegance of the space,” per the release.

the inside of a bar with blue velvet benches on the left and tall gold bar chairs on the right
The Starck Room’s glimmering interior
Vanessa Chavez for Realty Exposure Photography

The venue seems to want to be many things to many people, promising both “something for everyone” and a place for “discerning guests” to experience “a new level of luxurious style.” Design-wise, that includes elements like a signature fragrance permeating the space, LED lights in each room to create ambiance, bright blue doors marking the entrance, glimmering golden bar chairs reminiscent of Starck’s own designs, and “masculine and soft feminine touches throughout”. The 1,800-foot interior opens to a Instagram-worthy 300 square-foot patio featuring a graffiti mural and a flower wall.

The bar will offer a handful of signature cocktails that are riffs on classic beverages like the jungle bird and Cosmopolitan, as well as bottle service and champagne and wines by the glass or bottle. For now, the only food is a selection of flatbreads, but plans are in the works for a more elaborate menu, plus a monthly Sunday brunch.

The Starck Room is open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.. Stayed tuned for more specific details on the grand opening party.