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Religion-Themed New Nightclub Encourages Sinning

[Photos: Mike Newton]

The newest nightclub to descend on the Gaslamp takes inspiration from on high, creating a "modern cathedral"-themed stage , with archways, candles, columns and stained glass, for a nightlife experience that includes theatrical performers, multimedia religious iconography and staff uniforms topped with Roman collars.

AD, whose current hours of operation are 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursday and Saturday, is aiming to be a different kind of club experience, eschewing long lines and cover charges by encouraging reservations for their 11 bottle service booths, each stocked with cell phone chargers and safes and some with their own dance platforms.

Also atypical is their cocktail program, which blends craft with high volume bar service; Rumbling Tins Co.'s Christian Siglin (Bankers Hill) and Alex Maynard (Jayne's Gastropub) consulted on a menu of seven craft cocktails, from the Ménage à Trois of cognac, St Germain, and champagne to Barrio Bliss, which pairs tequila with chile liqueur, coffee liqueur and lime, that will be available at the club's two bars and through bottle service.

The proprietors, who include owner Bayless Cobb and general manager Chris Martin, will soon turn a side space into a stand-alone restaurant, open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday.

· AD [Official Site]
· All Eater Inside Coverage [~ESD~]