It's been a fun February in Philadelphia, even if you remove the Eagles' win from the equation.
Two subterranean clubs with novel features have opened in Center City.
Mark Marek and partners have reconfigured 1925 Lounge, below Davio's at 111 S. 17th St., into Clubhouse Sports Lounge, which has lounge seating, an impressive array of TVs tuned to sports, two themed escape rooms (one is themed to Titanic, and the second, expected to open soon, is a casino-heist concept), two full-service bars, pool tables, and an ice room.
The ice room, which stays below 20 degrees, is decorated with Philadelphia-themed ice carvings and is lit by LEDs. Patrons may buy shots served in glasses made of ice cubes and sit on an icy ledge. (I'm guessing that this will be a bigger draw in the summer.) Clubhouse has a sports-bar menu and the requisite full bar list, and is open from 11:30 a.m. till late Tuesday to Sunday, and from 4:30 p.m. till late Monday.
A block or so away is Concourse Dance Bar, on the lower level of 1635 Market St., replacing the offtrack betting club. Avram Hornik and his band from FCM Hospitality (Morgan's Pier) are branding Concourse as a "dance bar" opposed to a lounge or bar.
Concourse's entrance is through the rear of Seven Penn Center, the former transit concourse. The retro atmosphere with a 500-person dance floor, wild lighting system, DJs playing a mix of throwback and current music tunes, and two large bars serving such retro drinks as Sex on the Beach (made with the local Stateside vodka) and the Pop Rocktail (champagne and razzmatazz topped with Pop Rocks). Behind the bars, TV monitors stream music videos. A lounge on the mezzanine level overlooking the dance floor is furnished with classic shag rugs and thrifted furniture.
The feature that everyone is talking about is the ball pit — equipped with lighted balls — that can fit 20 people. (An early plan to allow entry to the club via a slide was scrapped.)
Cover is $5. Through February, Concourse hours are 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday. From there, Thursdays and Sundays will be added, including theme nights such as old-school hip-hop parties, '90s emo dance jams, and industry nights.
Foodie favorite Curiosity Doughnuts will be a part of the new Whole Foods Market in Spring House, Montgomery County, set to open on March 14.
Curiosity Doughnuts, a regular in doughnut fanciers' top-10 lists, are now available only two days a week at the Stockton Market in Stockton, N.J. The company was founded by Ideas in Food's Aki Kamozawa and Alexander Talbot.