The culture and business of Pike/Pine nightlife and its edges are so jam packed that the next big club project coming to the area will take the party down to the next level — the basement. CHS has learned the details of Q, a new high-design nightclub destined for the lower level of 1205 E. Pike.
The club will thump thump thump the night away at the intersection between 12th Ave’s growing restaurant scene featuring the likes of Barrio, Plum, the coming-soon Local Vine and High 5 Pie’s new shop and Pike’s watering holes both upscale and downscale.
Andy Rampl, a partner behind FMJ Clubcorp, LLC, the company creating the club, describes Q as an ultra lounge with a dance floor and a world class sound and lighting system and tells CHS that his planned nightclub is a major investment in the space. “The club is being designed by Bohlin Cywinski and Jackson (Seattle City Hall, Pixar Studios, the Apple Stores in New York, London and Tokyo as well as Bill and Melinda Gates’ home here in Medina) with the sound system by SoundInvestments AV/Funktion One and digital lighting by SJ Lighting,” Rampl told us via e-mail.
Rampl couldn’t reveal much more about the project or when he is planning to open at this point. No permits have been granted for the project yet but Department of Planning records indicate that the paperwork has begun. We also found that Q has already applied for a liquor license.
Lower level dance clubs aren’t terribly unusual in many cities but Capitol Hill’s main dancefloors are above ground affairs at this point and have been mostly pushed out of its core. But Q isn’t the only Pike nightlife basement project underway. When Unicorn took over the former home of the Satellite, we reported that the new guys had plans for the 5,000 square foot basement beneath.
“The Pike/Pine corridor is one of, if not the hottest retail and nightlife neighborhoods in Seattle,” Rampl said. With continued interest in the opportunities of the area, there will probably be more E Pike landowners clearing out their basements and making room for business.
UPDATE: We came right out and asked Rampl about whether Q is going to be a gay dance club. His response:
I personally hate labels but understand that a lot of people and most businesses need them to one degree or another in order to self-identify.
I think the fact that we’re on Capitol Hill and that I intend to draw largely from the great talent pool on the Hill for our staffing needs should tell you all you need to know about the incredibly mixed and varied crowd we will attract, as do all of the wonderful bars and clubs on the hill.
So, yes. Hella gay.