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NOTO NightClub Opens in Philly – The Preview Weekend

I’ve covered most of the grand opening’s of nightclubs in my ten year’s doing PhillyChitChat, (yes 10 in July, I know crazy) starting with G Lounge, which debut shortly after someone dubbed Philly the “6th Boro”, remember that fall out, then after hour clubs like Recess came along, and Whisper, and EDM club Rumor with it’s multiple rooms of music, then Coda with it’s EDM DJ’s, and live entertainment, all of which were great additions to the nightlife in Philly.

(courtesy of Best Western Plus – center. NOTO is on the right)

I’m so punctual, I saw that the party started at 9PM so that’s when I got there. No go, no one was there. I chatted with the doormen, who were very nice, most came from top clubs in Philly, a few moved to Philly from NYC to work at the club, they suggested I come back in an hour. I went across the street to Brick and Mortar (in the Goldtex apartment building) and had a delicious dinner.  While there I ran into the most fashionable Brian Taylor, and friends who were meeting up before heading to NOTO. Brian is just about to open a lounge in Philly, at an old familiar place, Shampoo, in the coming weeks.

NotoThanks to Brick & Mortar Executive Chef Michael O’Mara for surprising me with this delicious dish
Veal Napoleon. So delicious, it’s a special. But off the menu I had a Caesar salad. The chicken was amazing and a Mike Jerrick really
has to try it Lobster & Crab Nacho’s.  (See pix on my instagram)


I returned at 10:30PM and it was quite a scene. The general admission line is to the right, the VIP line is to the left.
The cover charge to get into NOTO will range from $20 to $30 cover depending on the entertainment.
The dress is nightlife chic, it’s safe to say dress shoes for guys, but check out the photos to see who got in.
vip bottle service (Custom)On the far left of the VIP Line is the VIP Bottle Service Line. All the entrances were nicely decorated, but the VIP Bottle Service Line has a separate nook, where you were guided to your Bottle Service area.

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The upstairs bottle service are overlooks the entire club. The VIP VIP booths are on either side of the DJ booth to the right. This would be a bucket list place for me to hang out someday. On the first floor underneath the mezzanine level are more bottle service areas.

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HD1_6108 (Custom)The downstairs bottle service area

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To the far left of the dance floor on the Mezzanine Level, is an open space for everyone to mingle and look on to the dance floor. There’s two staircases that lead up to the mezzanine level
This shot was taken about midnight.

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This is the Dance Bar, which is located just beyond the lobby of the club. That chandelier is made of old perfume bottles salvaged from a hotel in London. it’s amazing.

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 DJ Ruckus kept the dance floor packed on Saturday night. Note again the VIP DJ Bottle Service areas.
What is Bottle Service you ask?

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It’s renting a space to party with your friends inside a club, and the price includes drinks, mixers, water and everything else you need for a good party.  This is a shot of the 2nd floor bottle service area. There are 24 bottle service spaces at NOTO. Bottle-service tables I read  run from $600 to $1,500 to multiples of that for the VIP DJ Bottle Service Booths.

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When you arrive to your area there is already a set up with ice, glasses, mixers, and napkins. Then your server brings out
the bottles for consumption.

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Gone are the “flares” they used to use. NOTO uses these lighted sticks (lit longer, less smoke), and other lit signs including the LOVE sign. It’s quite a production

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Another presentation

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Then there was the production bottle service for one of the VIP DJ Bottle Service Tables

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It was really great to see old friends, and a lot of PhillyChitChat followers, you made my night.

Congrats to my buddies Ryan Dorsey, co-owner of Recess Lounge, co-owner of Dos Tacos, and former GM of Swanky Bubbles and Zee Bar,  Zach Seidman, formerly VIP services of Fillmore Philadelphia, Atlantic City’s HQ Beach Club, HQ Nightclub, Dusk and Whisper,  for being part of a team opening a premier club in Philadelphia that I know both had longed to do for a long time.

Good Luck to the whole team

James DeBerardine – Director
Ryan Dorsey – Director
Jeff Bowell – Director of Operations
Zach Seidman – Director of Hospitality and Marketing
Steve Sauls – Operations Manager




Clean Air Council’s 11th Annual Greenfest Philly  presented by Toyota Hybrids returns to Headhouse Square (2nd and South Streets) on Sunday, September 11, 2016 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The tri-state region’s largest environmental festival and tastier than ever – with new cooking demonstrations with Miss Rachel’s Pantry, P’unk Burger and Revolution Taco, plus organic food vendors, free coffee from Joe Coffee, outdoor beer garden and edible bugs. Festivities will also include live music, group bike rides, free adult and kids’ yoga, hybrid vehicle test drives, handmade and green shopping, MOM’s Organic Market Kids’ Corner and a twenty-five foot rock wall. Admission is free.





* Enjoy a tasty surprise as you sample edible bugs from Bug Yum including crickets on crackers and chocolate brownies made with flour made from ground bugs.

* Enjoy a rest and recharge station with refurbished chairs and furniture, free iced coffee from Joe Coffee and solar powered chargers.

*Make an upcycled succulent arrangement to display in your home with Beaucycled or seed bombs to plant in your garden with Green Philly.

*Arrive at Greenfest Philly emissions free with Go Philly Go and Kiddical Mass’ organized bike ride from Fitler Square.


* Outdoor yoga with Three Queens Yoga led by Adriana Akintobi from 10:00am to 11:00am at 2nd and South streets stage.

* Shop for eco-friendly fashion, beauty, and home goods – including Neal’s Organic Yard Remedies body products and Philadelphia Independents locally crafted one-of-a-kind gifts.

* Purchase upcycled jewelry handmade art and crafts from eco-artisans such as Beaucycled and Modern Hex.

*Toyota Hybrids’ on-site showroom will feature their full line of hybrid vehicles. Festival goers will have the opportunity to test drive vehicles like the all new 2017 Prius Prime.

* Leave your ‘wheels’ with the complimentary bike valet courtesy of Philadelphia Insurance Companies.

* Free 30 minute rides and unlimited bike parking for those taking Indego bike share to the Festival.

* Clean out your closets and bring your clothing, accessories, toys, books and more to the Philly Swap at Greenfest Philly.  Bring gently used clothing, toys and books for free entry into the swap area, or make a $5 donation (includes a free Philly Swap bag). Upon entry in the swap, you are free to roam and take what you’d like. Philly AIDS Thrift is donating the starting items for the swap, and will also be on hand with items from their retail space.

Family Fun





For the first time, Greenfest will launch a new cooking series with top restaurants and chefs from around the city demonstrating their signature vegan and vegetarian dishes – and giving cooking tips using ingredients from the Headhouse Farmers’ Market. The line-up for this year will be:


* Noon – Rachel Klein of Miss Rachel’s Pantry – savory cashew-ricotta dumpling with caramelized onion and grilled apples in thyme butter sauce.

* 1:00pm – Marlo Dilks of P’unk Burger and SliCE (whose organic location opens in Fishtown in September) – pulled Portobello BBQ Sandwich

* 2:00pm – Michael Sultan of Revolution Taco, Say Cheese Philly, Street Food Philly, Taco Mondo, 33rd Street Hospitality – Curried Cauliflower Tacos


Enjoy sustainably brewed beer from Pennsylvania’s Weyerbacher brewery.
Sample delicious, healthy, local and organic food from popular food trucks and local eateries.

*Nomad Pizza uses fresh, local, organic ingredients. Enjoy pizza fresh from their from their traveling wood-fired brick oven.

* Weckerley’s Ice Cream  specializing in local seasonal flavors and transcendent ice cream sandwiches.

* Kung Fu Hoagies is an all vegetarian and vegan friendly food cart serving South and West Philadelphia.  Hoagies, noodles and sides creatively inspired by traditional vegetarian Vietnamese food, served by friendly local Kung Fu addicts.

* Mompops makes vegan, allergen friendly ice-pops that are gluten free, nut free, dairy free and low calorie.

* Soy Cafe is hand crafted vegan baked goods, including cupcakes, donuts, cookies and whoopie pies.

* Follow Your Heart – Vegan cheese and vegenaise.

* Twisted Tail – Headhouse restaurant to serve local and seasonal food (and drinks) in extended outdoor cafe space



IN MOM’S Organic Market Kids’ Corner


* Healthy Snacks from MOM’s Organic Market – Kids and parents are welcome to stop by MOM’s Organic Market’s booth for free samples and healthy snacks.

* Rock Climb from 10:00am to 4:00pm – Kids and adults can catch climbing fever and try their hand at scaling a 25 foot rock wall.

*Kids’ yoga throughout the day with Yoga Friends.

* Climate City – CUSP, a network of local organizations who engage the public on climate change issues, will create a special area called Climate City, where visitors can learn about the local impacts of climate change and what they can do about them. The area will feature hands-on activities and resources for visitors young and old to learn how to prepare for a hotter, wetter Philadelphia.


* PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society) will feature dogs and cats available for adoption, as well as give away information on volunteering.

* Pinwheel making activity for kids and information for parents about protecting the environment for future generations from Mom’s Clean Air Force.

* Mobile paint party to inspire the artist that lives in all of us. Kids can paint their own masterpiece with A Taste of Artistry.


Everyone knows the most sustainable music is grown right in your own backyard. Hitting the GreenFest Philly stage on Sunday, September 13, 2015 11:00am to 4:00pm is Philly’s best emerging bands.


Clean Air Council’s Greenfest Philly is presented by Toyota Hybrids, with support from MOM’s Organic Market, Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY), Aversa PR & Events, South Street Headhouse District, ConsolidatedSolar.net, AVRS and Yelp.