Revamped club includes stylish redesign, high quality performance spaces, late-night kitchen and new cocktails
Lot 10, Downtown Ithaca’s only two-story lounge and nightclub, impressed guests with its new upscale design and top-notch offerings when it reopened this past Thursday, December 5.
The club closed in May and has since come under new ownership and has undergone extensive renovations to make it one of the classiest night spots in the region.
“It’s going to be a truly sophisticated nightlife experience,” says Caleb Scott, Lot 10’s new owner. Scott is also the proprietor of the popular Brookton’s Market in Brooktondale, New York. “My goal was to add more value to this space and to the community. Now that the renovations are complete, it’s an extremely nice, community-friendly and music-oriented space. People will want to come and hang out here all the time.”
With updates such as an extended brick bar and VIP section for bottle service on the second floor, updated seating throughout both floors, many taps for a variety of locally sourced craft beers, a full-size DJ booth, and bigger performance stages with state-of-the-art sound equipment, guests and music performers are sure to have a great time.
Booking manager Angelo Paradiso notes “our goal is to have a legit music venue. Lights, sound, an actual stage, proper room, orientation, all of those things, are going to make for a completely upgraded experience.”
Tuesday open mic night and Thursday karaoke will also be part of the weekly fun.
Then, there’s the venue’s sophisticated cocktail lounge which will feature exciting new mixes nightly. Sample drinks include, “Cass Park Spritzer,” a refreshing cucumber vodka beverage with elderflower liqueur and fresh lime, and “The Jack Sullivan,” a smooth stirred Rittenhouse rye and Lairds Applejack Brandy balanced perfectly with maple syrup and orange and apple bitters.
“We really wanted to dial in the new cocktail menu and bar design to lend itself to what Lot 10 really is: a high volume nightclub,” says General Manager Katie Flynn. “The menu allows the bartenders to give guests the best of both worlds, a fast-paced drink without sacrificing the quality.”
The night doesn’t stop when the drinks and music do. Lot 10’s amplified new kitchen, “Let it Slide,” appropriately titled for its “starters,” “sweets,” and “sliders,” will serve until 1:30 a.m.
“Having Let it Slide as a permanent fixture during expansive hours provides a fast, flavorful, and funky menu that allows those who aren’t particularly into the late-night vibe to come in early and grab a bite & drink, as well as an opportunity for those who need to refuel after a night of partying,” says Flynn.
“Since its inception, Lot 10 has emerged as a premier downtown nightclub destination. We are excited to see it continue and grow under the new ownership of Caleb Scott. We want downtown Ithaca to be a hub for nightlife and Lot 10 was and will be a key part of the late night scene,” adds Gary Ferguson, executive director for the Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA), a non-for-profit organization charged with promoting the downtown community.
The DIA and City of Ithaca are planning to host a reopening ceremony for Lot 10 at a later date.
Lot 10 is located at 106 S. Cayuga St., on the west end of downtown Ithaca. Its bar will be open from 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. and Happy Hour will be held from 5 – 7 p.m Tuesday through Saturday. The kitchen will be open from 5 – 11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and from 5 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Lot 10 will be closed on Sunday and Monday.
For more information about Lot 10 and downtown’s additional nightlife hot spots, visit downtownithaca.com.