THE BEAT

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TOP – DANIEL NEWCOMB
RIGHT- ATES ISILDAK

VOLTAIRE’S NOVEL EXPERIENCE

I walk through the unmarked door, slip the woman at the foot of the staircase a fast fin, and head upstairs.

The mid-sized room is deeply inviting. To my left, plush sofas and chairs are arranged near windows overlooking Clematis, framed by heavy blue curtains. To the right are comfortable lounge areas that give way to cafe tables in front of a stage. And in front of me, oddly, is an amazing sushi bar. This is not your average music venue. This is Voltaire.

It feels like I’ve found a secret club, with design cues that mix French parlor and Chicago speakeasy. The bar is long and dark, manned by skilled ‘tenders who mix it up like the pros that they are — from mojitos to, well, whatever that thing she’s making with wood smoke. Cozy, dark, comfortable and acoustically solid, with first-class drinks and fresh squeezed juice. Not to mention the absinthe and sake.

Only open Thursday through Sunday, with Saturday nights reserved for Cabaret Voltaire. This is deep Victorian house – a subgenre of house music fusing elements of Chicago house with 1980s jazz-funk and touches of soul. Yup. Indescribable. Touring bands come through occasionally, and local bands fill out the roster. Unique, secret and sensational.

Get there soon.

526 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach
https://sub-culture.org/voltaire/

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