Nightlife style and class at a bank? Who knew?
Alex Kristoff and Ron Masters did. During the grand opening of the 3,600-square-foot nightclub on May 30, hundreds of partygoers were treated to sleek red and white décor, a crescent-shaped, elevated VIP mezzanine 12-feet high off the main floor area, and an air of sophisticated inclusiveness.
“We definitely cater to all people in Macomb County,” says Alex Kristoff, co-owner of The Bank. “A lot of people around here grew out of the clubs around here. We’re trying to bring them back.”
After more than $1 million worth of renovations and months of anticipation, The Bank -- a multi-level club that actually served as the Mt. Clemens Federal Savings bank -- has cracked opened its east-side vault doors for metro Detroit party people.
“This place is amazing,” says Annette Knoth of Mt. Clemens. “The bars in Mt. Clemens usually are casual. This place brings something we’ve never had. It’s classy. This takes it to the next level.”
A few ladies rocked the jeans, but despite a steady warm rain on opening night, the summer-like weather prevailed and chic dresses were in abundance. Guys usually have it a little easier when it comes to fashion, but at The Bank there are some restrictions for the men. No hats, no shorts and you must sport neat tennis shoes (if you do opt for sneakers as your kicks of choice).
Servers wear classy black dresses.
“If you look presentable, we’re going to let you in,” says VIP Host Kevin Byrum. “We want a clean dress code.”
From the distinct architectural details on the outside to the clean, almost all white interior, the mood at The Bank is what you make it. Relax on modular stools casually strewn across the large, white-tiled floors on the main level or grab a seat on a bench by the wall-to-ceiling windows. An outdoor patio on the main floor and a second one on the lower level allow clubbers to spread out and grab some air. They also help minimize the smoky haze prevalent at most clubs.
“The atmosphere is really cool,” says Diane Koschke, who was celebrating a bachelorette party with friends. “It’s just very friendly and inviting.”
If you feel like dancing, just look for the red circle that is the epicenter the dancefloor and bust a move. Want to people watch? Head upstairs to the VIP area which overlooks the entire club.
A 4,400-square-foot basement offers some whimsy to the stylish club with purple walls, green circular couches and bursts of color on the walls.
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Two bars on the main floor, one on the outdoor deck and one on the lower level provide all the liquid coverage you need. No one drink stands out more than another, and drinks average about $5. No food here.
The Bank offers the activities similar to those of an elite house party with the people-watching opportunities, two patios and multiple flat-screen TVs. Sounds by DJ Rubiks and the red dance floor in the middle of the club keep the club vibe alive.