By Shannon Frost Greenstein
DJs spinning 80s and 90s music; adult-sized ball pits; a humongous disco ball; and, of course, a slide for those individuals who have transcended the boring old staircase.
It sounds like Heaven.
But Heaven it’s not. What it is is Concourse, a new, soon-to-exist underground dance bar that is the brainchild of Avram Hornik of FCM Hospitality. Hornik, who owns and operates a number of popular Center City spots like Morgan’s Pier, Boot & Saddle, and Dolphin Tavern, is turning the 10,000 sq. ft. space at 1635 Market Street into the kind of all-immersive, all-night, sweat-dripping dance club he frequented in his younger years. As he told Billy Penn, “…Blasting loud music, dancing with friends, not taking yourself too seriously.”
I think it’s a safe bet it’ll be hard to take anyone seriously, however, as they’re hurtling feet-first two stories down through the entrance.
THAT’S RIGHT…the underground hot spot will feature a slide for an entrance. (Of course, there will be an elevator for individuals with disabilities, as well as a staircase, but honestly…would you want to be the one who’s going to opt for the stairs instead of the two-story slide straight down? Yeah…me neither.)
Throw in two giant ball pits…one full-body depth for a sea of adults, and one by the dance floor that ‘s only knee-deep for wading…as well as craft beer and cocktails, and you’ve got yourself one HELL of an evening. It’s still a ways away, of course, but keep Concourse on your radar…it’s sure to be the first place in Philly where getting drunk and falling in the ball pit is actually encouraged. Not like that time at your niece’s birthday party.