review for Bungalow 8,515 West 27th Street,New York, Carrie Bradshaw although fictional has a view that is much in line with my own after just one visit to this venue. She describes it thus: "It's a completely pretentious, members only, tiny, crowded club, that you need a key to get in to!"

Well we did not have to suffer a queue to get in nor did we have to have the fabled key to access the establishment. The bouncer.. . erm doorman… erm I really don’t know what the politically correct term is any more, but take it from me, he looked like he would accept nothing but politeness unless you had no interest in being attached to your limbs… Having said that, he did not growl and was incredibly polite as he located us on the guest list on a chilled February Friday night.

Amy Saco of LOT61fame themed this along the lines of a Beverly Hills, palm tree strew poolside bar. I guess a kind of 30s Hollywood mansion was the plan. Well I will take nothing away from her. The decor creates the scene, the cocktail list is impressive and the upmarket side to the menu means you can indulge in Iranian Oscietra caviar washed down by gallons of Cristal or vintage Dom Perignon, if that is what pulls your Tiffany's chain.

Alas, the evening may have been let down by myself and Craig (and the many free drinks Balthazar felt we should have to placate us for our late table). However, that is being too kind to the crowd we shared the VIP area with and the acidic waitress who served us.

I always thought that in this city the service industry groped for higher standards in an attempt to enhance their tax free tips. However, the acerbic princess of Bungalow 8 whom served us, was tart in more than one sense of the word. She had the social skills of Genghis Khan's estranged wife and the steady temperament of a swarm of killer bees.

Craig was horrified enough to seek out the manager and complain. Barely placated we eventually left with a bitter taste spat onto the side walk which could not be washed away by our final bottle of Champagne.

The preppie crowd smoking dope and flashing daddy’s credit card did Bungalow 8 no favours, if exclusivity is what they are chasing. Finally, massively over crowding the club would have also upset me had we not been safely ensconced in the VIP area. To be fare there was a lot of eye candy and actually some quite interesting people watching. But the irritating college kids spoiled our area and the crowd below made it uncomfortable to move around.

Altogether an over priced disappointment. The desire to be there, fuelled by a reputation that the designer deserves, but the staff and the clientele we encountered did the place no favours at all on that particular night...

Shame. I'd certainly give it a second chance on a different night perhaps but only because it may have been just bad luck, but I suspect Craig will be less forgiving, it was after all his birthday...

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Bungalow 8


Bungalow 8,New York

515 West 27th Street
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Carrie Bradshaw although fictional has a view that is much in line with my own after just one visit to this venue. She describes it thus: "It's a completely pretentious, members only, tiny, crowded club, that you need a key to get in to!"

Well we did not have to suffer a queue to get in nor did we have to have the fabled key to access the establishment. The bouncer.. . erm doorman… erm I really don’t know what the politically correct term is any more, but take it from me, he looked like he would accept nothing but politeness unless you had no interest in being attached to your limbs… Having said that, he did not growl and was incredibly polite as he located us on the guest list on a chilled February Friday night.

Amy Saco of LOT61fame themed this along the lines of a Beverly Hills, palm tree strew poolside bar. I guess a kind of 30s Hollywood mansion was the plan. Well I will take nothing away from her. The decor creates the scene, the cocktail list is impressive and the upmarket side to the menu means you can indulge in Iranian Oscietra caviar washed down by gallons of Cristal or vintage Dom Perignon, if that is what pulls your Tiffany's chain.

Alas, the evening may have been let down by myself and Craig (and the many free drinks Balthazar felt we should have to placate us for our late table). However, that is being too kind to the crowd we shared the VIP area with and the acidic waitress who served us.

I always thought that in this city the service industry groped for higher standards in an attempt to enhance their tax free tips. However, the acerbic princess of Bungalow 8 whom served us, was tart in more than one sense of the word. She had the social skills of Genghis Khan's estranged wife and the steady temperament of a swarm of killer bees.

Craig was horrified enough to seek out the manager and complain. Barely placated we eventually left with a bitter taste spat onto the side walk which could not be washed away by our final bottle of Champagne.

The preppie crowd smoking dope and flashing daddy’s credit card did Bungalow 8 no favours, if exclusivity is what they are chasing. Finally, massively over crowding the club would have also upset me had we not been safely ensconced in the VIP area. To be fare there was a lot of eye candy and actually some quite interesting people watching. But the irritating college kids spoiled our area and the crowd below made it uncomfortable to move around.

Altogether an over priced disappointment. The desire to be there, fuelled by a reputation that the designer deserves, but the staff and the clientele we encountered did the place no favours at all on that particular night...

Shame. I'd certainly give it a second chance on a different night perhaps but only because it may have been just bad luck, but I suspect Craig will be less forgiving, it was after all his birthday...


Final Word: Definately a WYD haven and people watching and star spotting paradise. Not big by any means but certainly a place to experience. Strict door policy.

+ Hip, happening and very vogue.
- Had the rudest bitch waitress ever! Can also get very packed.
Recent Comments (avg score: 4 out of 5)

Member Pic Great place, hot guys, classy girls and non stop dance music. Love this place!

By: Sahra

A while ago ..
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Member Pic My friend and I managed to get in on first try in Nov 07. We were very polite to the doorman and he let us be the first in! Had not done that for a while! Everyone we encountered from behind the bar to the lady who looks after the restroom were very friendly. We had a great night, the music was fun and would definately go again, although I am sure my night was made more interesting by the gorgeous Ironman Bosnian (?) man I talked to who was a friend of one of the guys behind the bar! It is a bit expensive for drinks but hey you only live once........

By: V
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Member Pic A great club in my opinion, however when you visit nyc, also try going to some of the other clubs such as PE etc. simply because it gets boring after a while. Additionally i think the club is mildly overpriced with 1 bottle of dom perignon for 1000$ which would have been 800$ at PE. Nice but i prefer the elephant.

By: Mark
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Member Pic Bungalow 8 is a great place to go, Ive only been a few times whilst on my holiday in NYC and it is by far the best club Ive ever been to. It is a small place where you can go, and just chill without anyone bothering you.

By: Greg V
A while ago ..
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Member Pic Absolutely my favorite place in new york city... and this coming from a person whos been anywhere and everywhere in manhattan. door policy is strict this is true--- but that is one of the reasons the place is so great and viewed so highly. if anyone could get in it wouldnt be as glamorous. once you are in the staff is extremely freindly (as long as you are friendly to them of course) the drinks are pricey- but there is no cover to get in and the drinks are to die for!... as is the deserts and snacks (such as guacamole and tortilla chips) so again- its worth it. its a very small place but it works well because stay there for an hour or two and you feel like you are friends with everyone in the room. another perk is the concierge service offered on the menu---- including helicopter arrangements, hotel bookings and VIP access into anywhere in new york for that night.

word of advice: dont bother going if you arent planning on shellin out the dough cause whether you like it or not you wont be able to resist! so bottom line, if you are able to get a reservation or get into the place it it definately the place to be... no matter what night of the week it is!

By: Jules
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