Someday, someone else will open a new hospitality project in the East Village, but right now, it's still Good Time Design's game.
While the group readies itself to start work on Roosterfish Rocks Bar, which will replace The Palm, the next venture to touch down in their East Village corridor is Moonshine Flats, scheduled for a February 2014 opening.
GTD's founder Ty Hauter took Eater on a tour of the new all-in-one drinking, dancing and singing venue that they're calling a "turbo-charged American bar". Moonshine Flats was originally going to be housed in another of their spaces, 6th Avenue's Culy Warehouse; now, it takes the place of Block No. 16 Union & Spirits, which the group shuttered this fall.
The main room of the 7,000-square-foot space will feature a large central DJ booth and two platforms for dance exhibitionists, a 6' x 6' raised "dance pod" and go-go cage; it'll flanked by two bars, one spans 80 feet and is reportedly the longest in SoCal. In keeping with the American theme, the drinks will have an emphasis on whiskey, bourbon and moonshine; Red Bull slushies will also be poured.
At the front of the room, a large stage will play host to house bands playing covers of country and classic rock. Hauter told Eater that the nights at the bar, which will initially be open Thursday through Saturday from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., will start off with line dancing before segueing into "rock star hour", when their staff, or patrons, can get up and sing with the band. Later in the evening, the party continues with a DJ spinning pop and dance tunes.
On a mezzanine, there will be booths, arcade games and two satellite bars serving basic cocktails, beer and shots. Speaking of shots, for the brave or foolhardy, Moonshine Flats' staff will pour them down your whistle while you spin in an old school barber chair.
In a side lounge, there's more seating, a pool table and a bar; a window connecting the space with GTD's adjacent Lucky's Lunch Counter will serve a menu of bar bites.
· Moonshine Flats [Official Site]
· Good Time Design [Official Site]