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The Story Starts in Boston’s Back Bay with

Storyville, a place where Speakeasy meets Nightclub

Cocktails, Dining, Lounging, and Dancing all under one roof

Storyville will pioneer a new trend in the city’s nightlife as an exciting one-of-a-kind environment where Speakeasy meets Nightclub, classic and craft cocktails pour freely, and music which soothes the soul, as well as pumps new beats, can be discovered.

Storyville is located at 90 Exeter Street and is the vision and creation of local restaurateur Brian Lesser. “Too often we hear about places trying to emulate New York, Las Vegas and Miami, but I think it is time we concentrated on creating a venue that is uniquely Boston.  One with a cool and detailed history,” says Lesser. Lesser aims to set the bar with a place that, under one roof, fuses hospitality with fun, an ambience that plays on sinful and seductive, a dining menu made to please the palate, a cocktail program with classics and innovations, and areas to unwind and lounge with friends or to dance the night away.

Storyville draws its name from the iconic club that occupied its space in the 1950’s.  The original Storyville was owned by Boston native and legendary jazz club owner and festival producer George Wein.  Ahead of its time, it was a magnet for music titans like Billy Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Lennie Tristano, and Dave Brubeck who performed there regularly.  Holiday even recorded an album, “Billie Holiday at Storyville,” at the club.  Storyville’s history goes back even further, to the 19th century, when it was the name for the country’s first Red Light District in New Orleans.  Storyville was known for being the place where jazz truly came into its own, amidst the pleasures and vices of brothels and clubs, music of all kinds, including cabaret, found free expression in the rebellious culture of the neighborhood.

What was once old and forgotten will be new again with the modern incarnation and interpretation of Storyville.  Riffs on a speakeasy culture can be experienced in the Bordello Room; it will give a nod to the New Orleans’ Red Light District with a sinful and seductive atmosphere, classic and craft cocktails and an extensive dining menu of small plates served until midnight.  The Bordello Room will remain open throughout the evening while the rest of the space progresses from a lounge-like atmosphere to one of all out dancing as the hours pass. There will be an extensive cocktail menu, table service, and incredible music.  Designer Steve Sousa of Sousa Designs took inspiration from the Red Light District’s artistic culture with shimmering fleur de lys patterns on the walls and lyrics from songs performed at the original Storyville stylized across the illuminated ceiling coves.  With these two entities under one roof, guests can experience the comfort and ambience of a speakeasy along with a vibrant and modern club with music and dancing.

At the forefront of Storyville will be managers Max Camponova and Aggelos Panagopoulos, who have been a well-known force in Boston’s nightlife industry for over 20 years combined.  The two will oversee service and nightly operations to ensure the importance of thoughtful, educated hospitality is adopted by the entire staff.  Guests will be cared for from the moment they enter to the time they leave.  Kyla Moore, well known corporate and social events coordinator, will round out the team providing one of Boston’s most unique function facilities with unmatched service offerings.

Storyville is located at 90 Exeter Street Boston MA.

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