Very few clubs were on par with club Twilo, with regular residencies of the world's renowned DJs. Besides Junior Vasquez, other internationally renowned DJs to spin at Twilo over the years included Richie Hawtin (Plastikman), Carl Cox, Danny Tenaglia, Jeff Mills, Sasha, John Digweed, Paul van Dyk. While few would dispute club Twilo's "king" status among New York City nightclubs of the time, unfortunaly the glory days of Twilo in New York ended in May 2001, when a spate of allegations surfaced that the club's manager had misused private ambulances to hide victims of drug overdoses.
The space formerly occupied by club Twilo (27th St. west of Tenth Ave.) has recently reopened as a new club called Spirit. Spirit, New York opened in November 2003, which followed the opening of Spirit in Dublin.
The gateway is distinctively marked with Spirit's seven point star logo - the symbol of "Spirit" as defined in Native American myth. Entering this passageway to Spirit is the start of a holistic nightlife experience and uplifting personal journey. Spirit encompasses an 85,000 sq. ft. facility offering three tiers: Body, Mind and Soul.
The third floor has Soul: a raw food/vegetarian restaurant, the second floor features Mind: a wellness center featuring Holistic Healers, Yoga Instructors, Tarot Card Readers, etc. available from 11PM to 4AM, as well as the first floor, Body: housing a dance/performance venue with walls adorned with the paintings of visionary artist, Alex Grey, which can accommodate 2,000 people.
The Body has the 10,000-square-foot dance floor where you'll try to compete with acrobats, aerialists, and professional dancers. The stairways lead to dens of boothed-in tables and circuitous paths dead-end at offshoot lounges. The club's core space is a large and open dance floor dabbed with go-go podiums anyone can climb up on.
An enormous mirror ball shines down on the hundreds of clubbers shaking their stuff, and also overlooking it all are a balconied VIP area and a glassed-in public lounge with a smaller dance floor. Internationally renowned DJs like Danny Tenaglia and Sasha spin dance music with bass powerful enough to rattle your drink across the table. A myriad of live entertainment makes up the rest of the roster--everything from popular bands.
A late-night craze sets in on weekends, when Spirit stays open well past the witching hour. Thursdays are Latin night at the club, Fridays host famous house DJs, Saturdays are hip-hop and Sundays are gay nights. Fridays and Saturdays starting at 8pm, Spirit hosts an all-male revue called Hunk-o-rama, a prime bachelorette party destination. Ladies can stick around after the show and dance the night away. Bands play sporadically on an almost-weekly basis. Admission is $30, but call the club a day ahead for the reduced price of $20 before midnight or $25 after.
While club Twilo used to host nights that knocked you out for days, soul-seeking club kids find heaven in this spirited arena of the Spirit nightclub.