Nevele at 11 Montauk Highway in Blue Point is the hot new spot for the fashionable crowd looking for a good time, according to owners Nicolai Belinsky, Dave Johnson and CJ Minardi. Formerly Dublin Down, the lounge-club is also owned by Joe Rubo and Scottie Campbell.
How did Nevele get such an impressive name? According to Belinsky, the owners were tossing around different ideas for names when Belinsky wrote their address (Eleven) backwards. Now "Nevele" is Blue Point's new place to look and feel great.
Belinsky, Johnson and Minardi have more than thirty years of collective experience in the club industry and are using their expertise towards their new venture. Minardi and Belinsky have both worked at 11 Montauk Highway when the establishment was under previous ownership.
At 22, Minardi says his reason for owning a hot spot rather than finding a 9to5 job was motivated by necessity in a bad economic climate, but added, "They say if you love what you do you never have to work a day in your life. Hopefully I'll never have to work a day."
Nevele's young owners follow the mantra that club goers should dress to impress when out on the town.
"There was a time when people wanted to dress up to go out," said Belinsky. Belinsky targets patronage from people who want to look good, adding "it brings class and atmosphere when people are excited to dress up."
Belinsky challenges club goers to save their trainfare and visit Nevele because it is more convenient and affordable than clubs in Manhattan.
Saturday nights at Nevele are sure to bring fashion to Blue Point, with "Element Saturdays". The party is a club goers dream, with celebrity DJs and fashionable people in every corner of the club.
Once their schedule is set, Nevele will be open seven days a week from noon to the early hours of the morning, most nights. Sundays are slated to be for football; Wednesdays for wine specials and even a singles party; Thursday is ladies night, where ladies drink free "rack" alcohol and domestic draft beers from 9pm to 11pm; and Fridays are especially unique. Fridays at Nevele will bring teachers from throughout Long Island to bartend for a happy hour from 4pm to 8pm with $3 and $4 drink specials. At 9pm, Fridays will turn into "Devotion Fridays" with Pulido from Party 105, Chris Barron and Angelo G. All are well-known in the party circuit.
The crowd will always be 21 and over, according to Belinsky. Nevele serves twelve different tap beers, including Blue Point, Blue Moon, Guiness, Stella Artois, Coors and Budweiser. They also serve just about every kind of liquor, including Three Olives flavored vodkas, such as root beer, cotton candy, bubblegum and grape, according to Minardi.
Nevele can accommodate 257 people. It seats 25 people at the bar. It also has four booths, which are used as a VIP section for party goers celebrating everything from marriage to divorce to birthdays.
The club also hosts special events, most recently they held an event for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Belinsky said he is willing to accommodate nearly every cause or reason to party a person could have.
"We kind of just want to make everyone happy," he said.