Kieran Collins
Location Lower East Side
Status Open
Hours of Operation TH,F,Sat 10PM - 6AM; 9PM for VIP Members

Trendy and popular, Purgatory boasts a sleek, modern look and feel. The theme is freedom and boundlessness and everything from the cool blues and chrome finishing to the airy open spaces speaks echoes it. Purgatory is a fair sized club built out of gutted old office building. Blue and white tubing lights and runners high in the ceiling provide a light airy space in the center of the club which houses the dance floor and near the bar. Lights spark and flash and run beneath the floor, winding their way beneath and between the booths and tables. As one nears the back of the club and outer walls, the lights grow dimmer, the shadows more and the booths, tables and couches there are shrouded in a shadowy sort of privacy.

The bar is white, chrome and blue, reflecting the décor of the club, and blue neon runners pulse around the bar, splashing it with flickering color. Behind the bar is a mirrored drink area and shelves filled with bottles of liquors and spirits; wine and martini glasses hang from chrome racks in the ceiling for ease of reach, and to easily compliment the interior, the flashing lights spraying the bar and bar stools with prism reflections.

While the music is loud and one can feel the bass throbbing beneath one's feet as the lights pulse in time, the acoustical setup of the club somehow makes the music more bearable than in other clubs. Near the bar and along the back walls, conversations can be held without shouting to the point of hoarseness; on the dance floor, near the speakers, the music becomes blisteringly loud but no one complains.

If Purgatory is the waiting room, then it's only fitting that the two VIP areas are Elysium and Abaddon.

Elysium is accessible via a spiral, winding staircase. Ascending the stairs is a subtle change, going from the modern, but metallic edge of Purgatory and into the lighter, airier space of the upper VIP area. Elysium is built as a loft area, and tables near the front can look out over the club below. The floor near the front is made of thick glass one way glass, allowing the patrons above to look down.

The décor is white, gold and silver with bright lighting. Furniture is white and leather, the chairs and couches are overstuffed and comfortable. Everything about Elysium is light and airy. It is a VIP area, however, and a VIP key must be shown to a bouncer before being allowed up the staircase.

Downstairs, Abaddon is the belly of the figurative beast. It's theme is meant to reflect sinful and guilty pleasures and it does so with the dark and black paneling, dark woods and nearly obsidian trim. The black is complemented by deep crimsons and pale golds, with pale red lighting to cover it all. The furniture is expensive leather, in red and black.

While Abaddon has its own dance floor and bar, the center of the downstairs VIP area is the stage. One large stage is buffeted on each side by a smaller stage, above which are suspended cages. The cages house exotic dancers, who move in and out of the cages on a rotating basis. The main stage is for the featured dancer of the night.

The servers are beautiful young women, either topless or very scantily clad, the decision left to the servers themselves. There are a handful of male servers, and they are typically behind the bar or only come out when requested by the occasional table of women, or on alternate Thursdays when there is an all-male revue.

Abaddon is only accessible via a VIP swipe card or FOB. It is a true Members Only club, requiring application and a background check.

NOTE: While the age of entry to Purgatory is 21+, admission to either Elysium or Abaddon is 25+.

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July 27, 2012: Brooke and Sera meet at Purgatory to drink and discuss Kieran.
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