Aura Light and Sound Suite opened its doors to East Meadow Sept. 28, adding a cutting-edge vision to the Long Island nightlife scene.
In the place of the former , which stood as a local hot spot for seven years, Aura offers an atmosphere completely redesigned and revamped from the last, according to co-owner Kevin Delahunty.
"We did a completely new design - more of a contemporary, high-end city lounge," said Delahunty. "When people walk into that room, they need to have no recollection that Savannah existed there, especially when we are trying to draw a higher end clientele."
Headed by world renowned architect Antonio D'Oronzo of Bluarch Architecture and Interior, who has designed major hotspots like Greenhouse Nightclub NYC and XO Nightclub Las Vegas, the club's new pattern features a bi-level design with bright lights and futuristic sculptures draping the ceiling. The sky-high decor is one-of-a-kind on Long Island, boasting a flexible LED video display screen above the dance floor.
The lighting system isn't the only state-of-the-art addition at Aura. The East Meadow establishment houses the only German d&b audiotechnik electroacoustics system on the east coast, perfect for the big-name DJs set to hit the stage.
"We'll be hosting Jet Set Fridays, with high-end, trendy DJs from the Meatpacking District in the city spinning an open format mashup," said Delahunty. "Saturday we're doing more of a strict house night."
"There aren't many nightclubs left on Long Island," Delahunty added. "The only nightclub is Glo, which has become more of an event space with the biggest DJs in the world. Everything else is a restaurant trying to be a nightclub. We're trying to do something in between."
In addition to the weekend dance parties, Aura is now promoting a Thursday night "Sushi and a Show" event. Each week, rare performers will take the stage from live bands to cabaret acts and flambeaux dancers.
"We open around 8 p.m. on Thursdays with a sushi buffet and drink specials for ladies," Delahunty explained. "The shows will take place between 9 p.m. and midnight. We want to give our patrons something Long Island hasn't seen before."
Aura can also play host to your special event, whether it be a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, sweet 16 or any other special occasion, a catering staff and event planner are on hand seven days a week.
On regular nights, Aura opens at 9 p.m. and patrons can expect a latenight crowd. A cover charge is implemented Friday and Saturday nights ($10 women, $15 men).
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