Von Opens Sexy Downstairs Cocktail Lounge

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All right, so we were pulling your leg when we tried to pass off Qdoba’s in-the-works sports bar as the hot new speakeasy, but here’s some upstairs/downstairs we’re actually excited about. Von, the East Village cool-kid fixture (and shameless make-out spot), is opening a downstairs lounge in a couple of weeks, and it’s in sneak-peek mode now. You’ll have a chance to see it in action on Wednesday when designer Guillame Boulez and Neon Kobra Krew throw a party (the awesome promo you see here is not quite safe for work), but in the meantime owner Kaarin Von fills us in with details.

Von says the lounge is a little bit bigger than the upstairs space, and has the feel of a wine cellar, with exposed stone and brick. The custom-built bar (designed by the owners) will serve drinks by Aisha Sharpe of Contemporary Cocktails (we’ll have the list for you when it’s final). The room (currently accessible via the upstairs) will soon have its own separate street entry, but don’t expect a snooty door policy. We’re assured it’ll be open to all. Well, unless there’s a private party, of course ...

Related: Upstairs Downstairs [NYM]