New York City-City-Center
May 11, 2018
Hidden beneath the Mercer Hotel and closed for over five years, the wittily named Submercer has recently reawakened as one of Manhattan’s most exclusive spots. Just getting inside this super select bar is an event in itself. First you have to navigate the labyrinthine directions, which involve entering through an unmarked door to the side of the hotel and riding a freight elevator before arriving, after further twists and turns, at the imposing red entrance. Even here, tantalisingly close to the sound of lounge music and good times being had, the challenge isn’t over as you’ll still have to manoeuvre you way past one of the toughest doors in the city. Assuming the bouncers deem you suitably A-list, once inside you’ll find a small, stylish, brick-walled space with red banquettes and plenty of beautiful people gathered around little black circular tables. Small archways separate three narrow rooms. Head for the smaller one at the back, where you’ll find the wilder guests hanging out around the red stripper pole. The wait staff are elegant in the extreme and the clientele are wealthy and connected. It’s also becoming something of a hotspot for the local DJ elite and their friends and hangers-on. Drinks are decent but they’re not the point, this place is all about the scene. The small, underground space can be a bit claustrophobic but who cares about fresh air in a joint that gets as pumping as this one? SubMercer provides an all-night party where, thanks to its location in the bowels of the hotel, patrons can get away with just about anything.