WHISPER PHILADELPHIA’S NEW NIGHTCLUB OPENING Sets A New Standard
Denim doesn’t live here anymore, Philadelphia has kicked it up another level with Whisper, and there is nothing quiet about Whisper. As soon as you walk in the door you know you’ve arrived at the place that is going to be one hell of a club to compete with. The sound system is a killer, the space is ridiculous with all it’s nooks & crannies, VIP boxes over looking the dance floor below, a long balcony section with a bar also overlooking the dance floor. I was amazed how they turned an awkward, poorly designed dance club Denim (which still packed them in) into a club that was so innovated and made the space ten times larger than it ever seemed before.
I know the owners, and they want to be the all inclusive club where the hot looking people want to go, the VIPs and folks like me who just want to hear some good music, chat with friends and dance to a good beat. This is not your DB bar, especially a club that is this large. There’s a good flow to this club to, unlike many of the clubs in the City where there’s a bottle neck near the dance floor, or around a few of the bars.
If the dance floor is packed it could get dicey, but you don’t have to walk through the center of the dance floor like you do at a couple of the other places, to get where you’re going.
The girl is back in town, after giving NYC a try, Lindsay Furman returns to Philadelphia, a new job, a new place and her old, but very close set of friends. With her is Sabrina Strickland looking all stylish.
This is the scene when you first get off the elevator. Years ago this was where they put the “bed” seats, then last year the awkward position VIP area, and dance floor. They still had a good crowd after the G Lounge bought the place, but I think they made a good investment shutting down and completely changing the concept of the membership club. Currently Membership is free I was told. I believe a membership club is necessary as it’s an after-hours club.
This is the view from one of the bottle service VIP “club boxes”. The one in front is the “owners box” as the owners of the club and their friends were occupying it last night. (I’m just titling these myself)
Carmen Tedesco (Del Friscos), Simon Aiya and Damian Malfi (Sorry for spelling your name wrong. It was dark and I can’t spell, just ask my readers.)
The club appears smaller in these shots and the videos. I guarantee you will be impressed when you walk inside the first time. It’s breath taking beautiful, spacious and has just the right club attitude.
Nicole, Alp Aktan, Hacina Saadi and Lindsay Furman
Arthur Kade doing his best David Copperfieldwill no doubt spend a lot of time under this see-through dance floor where various scantly clad women will be gyrating to the beat. There’s a reason it’s above the entrance to the men’s room. (I wonder where they got that idea?)
Tony Piazza and Rachel Davidson
Chef Jason Cichonski, with Lacroix at the Rittenhouse. His last day at the famed restaurant is on Wednesday. Then he will be throwing himself full force into getting his dream unnamed, off the record location, restaurant up and running. Above with Sam Marzuig, guest and Hacina Saadi.
Trouble reading their handwriting, but they’re cute and were so funny, but not on purpose, so this picture is here to remind me of a passage in my book I’ll be writing someday called “Off The Record.”
Drew “The Mayor” Carballo and his “cousins”
Stacey Kracher and Gautam Bazaz (and the only picture of the guy behind you that I got last night so I decided to keep him in this one cause he seems so happy.)
Lathie Lawless, Tiffany, and Nicole Robinson, InMotion Concierge
Do blonds have more fun? Jen Grover, Kristin Foote and Lindsay Kravitz would tell you they do.
Kendall Hurns and Kijafa. (Kijafa tells me that her beau Michael Vick is excited to play on Sunday, if the doc says it’s ok.)You know it’s a special club if Dana Spain shows up, she just doesn’t show up at any old gin spot. Here she is with Glenn and Marisa Stevens
Kristin Foote, Danielle Poe and Lindsay Kravitz. Danielle tells me she’s making a move to London in January to be with her husband to be, Jay, but she’ll return to wed here in Philly near her friends, even though she grew up in Northern NJ.
Take a picture of the hottest lady in the room he tells me. With that here’s the shot of the luckiest man in the room. Hacina Saadi
Susan Glickman and Stacey RounickThe “Owners Box” over looking the dance floor and above the DJ box.
The many lives of PhillyIn’s Kate Beaver. She never gives me a hard time when I can’t remember her name. She’s a class act. I should study this picture and work on remembering what she looks like, and as far as I can tell she looks great. (BTW Kate if you’re single I have a hot superstar guy who asked me if I knew you and could do the introductions.)
Steve and Sabrina Thorne
The photos I took last night will be available in my online album for purchase on Monday. I’ll publish the link in this space at that time. If you want your shot for $7 without the watermark click there. Check out a few more pictures here” http://tinyurl.com/2fctj6m
Ron Hansen, GN Kang, Michelle Miller and Michael Spain Smith. Check out my PhillyMag.com column today to read my small review of the new Whisper. In a nutshell I think it’s one of the best night clubs to open in Center City, (the other one would be the GLBT Voyeur club that opened after a renovation last year). It’s gonna pack them in on Thursday’s, Fridays and Saturdays, and sadly shut down a few clubs cause this club over laps in some of the same atmosphere’s you would find in other clubs. There’s intimate spots, there’s the scene, a huge front bar to chat with your friends, clean bathrooms with attendants, security and the owners paid attention to details to ensure a safe fun time for their guests.