Every Saturday night one will see a huge crowd forming at the entrance at Marquee. A-list clubs get tired of the eventual influx of hoi polloi and have implemented a number of schemes to cull the crowd. The chi-chi West Chelsea hotspot from the folks behind formerly trendy Suite 16, Marquee night club is the kind of place that is worth all the drama at the door to get in. If you're not someone, be patient trying to get through the doors - you're not the only one. The doorman deems you unworthy of entrance and a couple of beefy security guards will forcibly evict you from the velvet rope line. Marquee has a guest-list-only policy, directed by owners Noah Tepperberg and Jason Strauss, who went about the process of opening a club by touring clubs all over the country. From there, they chose the best elements, from design to sound to service. The club is a great celeb-spotting scene however the hierarchy of celebrity can be so difficult at times.
Only the beautiful and the well connected get a free pass there. Inside of the two-story space of Marquee night club is thoughtfully designed and laid out, centered on a modest dance floor ringed by banquettes and punctuated by a dramatic chandelier of glass beads that changes color with the disco lights in the main room; it affords a "grand entrance" view of anyone ascending the wishbone staircase to the glass-enclosed VIP mezzanine. Downstairs, adjacent to the main room, is the "red room," which plays a more subdued soundtrack better suited to conversation. When you walk in Marquee, it's instant atmosphere.
On Friday night, the DJs are spinning the best in dance music downstairs and all your favorite hip-hop upstairs. There are balloons and bottles everywhere you look and the crowded establishment gives you no alternative but to start dancing. It's all very slick, with bottle service and plainclothes models boogying to hip techno remixes, but it's also strangely generic. Everyone seems beautiful, and the bottle service and specialty cocktails make it all seem even more beautiful. Marquee night club has a good crowd and fantastic music. The upper level plays good hip hop while the lower main level had excellent mixes of house music. Always celebrities and everyone working there are totally courteous. Like most places it's best to have a table, but if you don't you'll still have fun.
However, for a not-VIP-visitor Marquee night club isn't vastly different from the much more affordable and approachable options out there in New York City. Besides, drinks are outrageously priced there, and the entire space is bottle-service-only for anyone wishing to sit. Although rated by some as the hottest place in NYC, the place is way too crowded, you can't even walk. Sometimes it takes about an hour to get to the bar to have a drink. You basically are not able to walk o dance without being pushed. Marquee club near New York Subway Stops C, E to 23rd Street is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10pm-4am. The spot is definitely worth trying it out.