I braved tonight's blustery weather and freezing rain to attend the preview opening of "g" -- Philadelphia's chic new club for "after work, after dinner, after midnight."
Located on 17th between Chestnut and Sansom, g is long, lean, luxe and linear.
Comfortable Barcelona chairs line one side of the club in intimate groupings with clear glass partitions and an endless floor-lit runway that seperates this side from the opposite side which is defined by white molded seating and stark black sofas and love seats.
The minimalist black and white environment plays against a huge light wall showcasing a grid of constantly changing backlit color. The entire effect seems to act as both a catalyst and a tranquilizer. Two large bars beckon at opposite ends and the drinks are great. A smaller vault room welcomes only invited guests.
g bills itself as a restaurant, bar and lounge. Though it's decidedly upscale, there's nothing elitist about it. The people are friendly and the environment is scintillating.