Gay/straight party people and thumping dance music..
Housed in what used to be the jazz/piano bar Octavia Lounge, Triple Crown has replaced the ivory-tickling with thumping dance music and the happy-hour crowd with an up-all-night party scene. The renovated lounge is now lined with handsome burgundy leather banquettes under pitch-black walls, with a DJ-powered dance floor in the back--it feels like a downtown club in miniature. This mini-club is owned by a crew of underground house-music DJs, so electronic music dominates (and brings out the late-night bandits), but everything from hip-hop to dubstep and '80s get airtime here, as does the occasional drag show. There's often a $5-10 cover but drinks are moderately priced and waits are pleasantly short at the bar, which may partially explain why waits for the bathroom are so painfully long. Still, with a debaucherous, diverse crowd, a super-central location and a party jumping off till 2am almost every night, Triple Crown's destined to become a destination, and anyone who misses the piano bar vibe can head right across the street to Martuni's.