Best New Club - 2010
Born from the ashes of what used to be the old Majestic, a venue that once hosted Vietnamese pop concerts, Avec retains few characteristics of its former incarnation save for its address and general layout. The club's interior is intimately sized and dimly lit with soft purples and blues. The centerpiece is an installation mimicking a giant tree that sprouts from the central bar and stretches to the ceiling. Crystal prisms drip from its boughs like luminescent leaves, creating a striking fixture that makes you feel as though you've just stepped through the proverbial looking glass. Arrive before 10:30 p.m. for half off the usual $20 cover, and opt for VIP bottle service so you don't have to regret paying $12 for a Long Island iced tea. This also secures you a comfy roost in one of the Victorian-inspired seating areas, from which you can watch the action going down on both dance floors. Seasoned DJs host weekend events, spinning the best in hip-hop, dance, house, electronic and magnificent mash-ups that keep the energy up and the bodies bumping.