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The District goes after older crowd

April 17th, 2015
PHOTOS BY JOAH BULEY / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER The District is now open on Kapiolani Boulevard, with special events planned this weekend and a soft opening scheduled for next week.

PHOTOS BY JOAH BULEY / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

The District is now open on Kapiolani Boulevard, with special events planned this weekend and a soft opening scheduled for next week.

A familiar nightspot is back on the scene this weekend as The District makes its debut in the Kapiolani Boulevard space previously known as Bar Seven and Venus Nightclub.

Fans of current Honolulu hotspots M Nightclub at Waterfront Plaza and Addiction Nightclub at the Modern Honolulu will be happy to discover another late night weekend destination, starting tonight with a special appearance by Los Angeles/Las Vegas-based production duo Club Killers and followed by the official Common Kings album release afterparty on Saturday (once the band is done headlining upstairs at The Republik).

Following successful stints at Ward Centre with Vice Nightclub and Tsunami’s on South King Street, the ownership group also behind nearby Ginza Nightclub hopes the undisclosed amount of money they spent upgrading the interior, lighting and sound system will breathe new life into the space and introduce it to a new generation of clubgoers.

“We just kind of cleaned it up,” said The District co-owner Bryan Yoshida. “We took everything back to white and brighter colors (to make it) a cool, chill place. This could be a lounge or a club.

“We want to have everyone enjoy and have fun, you know?”

@thedistricthi presents two sneak preview events this weekend, followed by a soft opening next weekend and grand opening during Memorial Day weekend. This is the sign that greets guests as they enter the club. #honolulupulse

Yoshida, along with partners Dave Ung, Sean Saiki and Alex Kamm, didn’t provide much more information about their plans for the club during a sneak preview event Thursday, referring most questions to a publicist. According to a release issued earlier this week, The District will “up the ante” and showcase “the freshest sounds from a rotating roster of premium residents and visiting DJs” while also taking bottle service “to new heights” with four different “levels” available to customers.

The biggest change, however, is a new age-based admission policy. Gone are the 18-and-over nights, and those 21 and 22 years old will have to wait a bit longer before they can get a glimpse of the new club. The District will be open only to those 23-and-over when the doors officially open on April 24.

If this weekend’s parties are considered preview events, next weekend can be considered the club’s soft opening. According to Kamm, The District will celebrate its official grand opening over the long Memorial Day weekend in May.

Here are a few more pictures from Thursday:

The front entrance is essentially unchanged, except for the new signage above the hostess stand.

The front entrance is essentially unchanged, except for new signage above the hostess stand.

Those old enough to remember a nightclub called Blue Tropix will be familiar with the drama that club caused by housing pet monkeys in a glass-walled cage behind the bar. The District doesn't have that problem, since it was local go-go dancer Lauren Lala behind the glass just beyond the club's front entrance.

Those old enough to remember a nightclub called Blue Tropix will be familiar with the drama that club caused by housing pet monkeys in a glass-walled cage behind the bar. The District doesn't have that problem, since it was local go-go dancer Lauren Lala behind the glass just beyond the club's front entrance.

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Once inside, be sure to check out the bar treatments designed for The District by local creative Chris Kono.

Once inside, be sure to check out the bar treatments designed for The District by local creative Chris Kono.

One wall is lined with audio speakers.

One wall is lined with audio speakers.

Another pays tribute to the Beastie Boys.

Another pays tribute to the Beastie Boys.

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Sean Saiki, Chris Kono, Bryan Yoshida, Dave Ung and Alex Kamm pose for a photo during Thursday's preview.

Sean Saiki, Chris Kono, Bryan Yoshida, Dave Ung and Alex Kamm pose for a photo during Thursday's preview.

You can't offer bottle service in a nightclub without beautiful servers to pour guests drinks — and The District is no exception.

You can't offer bottle service in a nightclub without beautiful servers to pour guests drinks — and The District is no exception.

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The District is located at 1349 Kapiolani Boulevard and will be open from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Call (808) 949-1349 or visit www.thedistrictnightclub.com and follow The District on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.

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Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com and follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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