Last night the Cronicas premiere party was at Aer. This post is not about the party (which by the way was quite nice with a solid crowd that was neither too big nor too small and a very effective open bar). It is about Aer.
What self respecting NYC club closes up at 1:15 AM?
As has been previously related, the usual practice at these events is that from 11:45 - 12:45 the people transition from party guests to clubbers, and by 1 the club is if not in full swing, gyrating with the best of them. Not Aer. By 1 tables were being folded up on couches. When asked about this strange phenomena, an anonymous source (I hope I don't get subpoenaed), scoffed "Have you ever been here before?" When informed that I had been there many times, he fell back onto the "you should see this place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday defense." That's all good and well, but doesn't answer the question. I don't know if Aer is having financial troubles or the half-life of NYC clubs is growing ever shorter, but kicking out guests (even if they were entrenched in the smoking area) and turning away clubbers (even if they were wearing pink shirts) seems a little foreboding.
(In Aer's defense they did offer to keep open the downstairs VIP room, though how it remains a VIP room if it's the only thing open, I don't know...)