From tea houses to watering holes, celeb-owned clubs light up Gotham

Not just how to find it, but who founded it (and financed it) has become essential knowledge for the industry scene-maker with an up-to-date awareness of Gotham nightspots. The new celebrity-owned lounges capture the style of the city, but also the diversity of a popular culture with a range of icons, from Mr. Big to Jay-Z to Moby. Daily Variety runs down addresses where moguls, models, musicians and thesps might toss one back with celebrity owners.

40/40 Club
Location: 6 W. 25th St., Flatiron District
Celeb owner: Jay-Z
Opened: June 2003
Gist: Spacious, upscale sports lounge with countless plasma TV screens and private rooms
Decor: Postmodern retro space-age airport lounge with cream-colored leather swing chairs suspended from the ceiling
Crowd: Hip-hop moguls and wealthy hip-hop mogul wannabes
Signature item: 40/40 cocktail (vanilla Grey Goose vodka, Godiva white chocolate liqueur, chocolate syrup swirl), $10

Location: 246 W. 14th St., Chelsea
Celeb owners: Thesps Chris Noth, Joey McIntyre and Jesse Bradford, supermodel Petra Nemcova, Red Sox pitcher David Wells, and others
Opened: October 2004
Gist: Bar ripe for celeb-stalking but
with a quirky edge
Decor: Green and Victorian upstairs; red and jazzy lounge downstairs
Crowd: Melting pot of socialites, hipsters, rockers and hip-hoppers
Signature item: Vodcaviartini (chilled vodka with caviar), $35

Location: 90 Rivington St., Lower East Side
Celeb owner: Moby
Opened: May 2002
Gist: Teeny (450 square feet) vegan cafe serving 98 different kinds of tea
Decor: Quaint and airy Dutch country farmhouse
Crowd: Young Lower Eastsiders and tourists pretending to be vegans
Signature item: Earl Gray Creme, $4.50 a pot

Location: 259 W. 21st St., Chelsea
Celeb owners: Scott Weiland and Duff McKagan of Velvet Revolver, Brett Scallions of Fuel
Opened: September 2004
Gist: Gritty rock club that serves cheap beer and is open 24 hours on weekends
Decor: No-frills rec room, with lots plasma TV screens beaming whatever game is on
Crowd: Scary tough guys in chains and even scarier hipster indie music fans
Signature item: Bud or Bud Light, $5 each

Location: 264 Bowery, Nolita
Celeb owners: Denzel Washington and Lenny Kravitz
Opened: September 2004
Gist: Ultra-exclusive but chill lounge
Decor: “Boogie Nights”-era wallpaper, lots of shag carpeting and velvet couches
Crowd: VIPs, hotties and other niche demos
Signature item: Basil Strawberry Infusion (basil, strawberries, rum, ginger), $12

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