By Dani Frank
South Beach has Liv, the Gansevoort and Cameo, New York City has Tenjune, 1oak, also the Gansevoort, and multiple other nightlife flavors of the week. But where are Connecticut revelers to go when the night calls for drinking, dancing and a night out to somewhere slightly more trendy than the local saloon? For an atmosphere mixing the carefree flavor of Miami with the endless energy of New York City, Stamford’s 84 Park is ready to get the party started.
The West Park Street ultra lounge accommodates up to 350 partygoers, often boasting a line outside the door. Once inside the club, it gleams fluorescent blue and hot pink, courtesy of LED lights, and features a sleek, futuristic interior, with beaded curtains cordoning off VIP areas. Pure white couches with a backdrop of blue lighting beckon you to take a seat, and make a selection off of 84 Park’s extensive bottle service menu.
While 84 Park gamely replicates the energy and aesthetic of more well-known nightlife powerhouses, it eschews high cover charges to create an all-inclusive vibe. Entry to 84 Park is possible sans fee on any night except for Saturdays, with $5 required from 9 pm to 11 pm and $10 at a later time. With those added bills in your wallet, spending $10 on a cocktail sounds a bit more palatable, no? Particularly when your drink choices include a jalapeno-pear infused margarita, the Jala-back Margarita, natch, and Death in the Afternoon, a dangerous mixture of Prosecco, absinthe and a sugar cube.
Bottle service can easily elevate your bill to a few hundred dollars, but with one bottle per seven guests, costs will hover around $30 a person for a bottle of Ketel One. Selecting a clear liquid, meaning gin or vodka, will yield the most alcohol for your group’s money. Accompanying the expensive price tag, 84 Park provides an elegant arena for dancing and debauchery. Not one but two VIP areas, a constant stream of techno/electro DJs commanding you to hit the dance floor and sexy, scantily-clad go-go dancers distinguish 84 Park as the club to visit in Stamford.
In order to scope out the scene at this ultra lounge before committing to spending your precious weekend there, check out the recently instated Industry Night. Breaking your week in half, spend Wednesday nights with fellow Stamford professionals looking to blow off steam from a rough start to the week. With free entry and a two-hour open bar, a revolving door of popular DJs and a new drink introduced seemingly weekly, like the spiked pink limonata, corrupting the innocence of fresh lemonade with an infusion of vodka and effervescence, it is well worth suffering an ensuing Thursday hangover.
Paying a visit to 84 Park will result in a lighter wallet and lowered inhibitions, inviting visitors into a glamorous world of drinks, dancing and of-the-moment DJs. But the ultra lounge’s bottle service and drinks are reasonably priced when subtracting the inconvenience of an entry fee. Leave the sports bars to the locals and half-priced apps to the college students; 84 Park is the nightclub go-to for sophisticates interested in getting soused, in the classiest way possible.
84 West Park Place,
Stamford, CT 06901
Dani Frank is a fashion, travel and culture enthusiast and writer living in Easton. A recent graduate of Hofstra University, she is most happy when traversing the East Coast and beyond and documenting it all for curious readers. Read her further work here.