You don’t know what’s down there. Sewer gators. Mole people. Champagne and 3,600 LED lights.
Up until now, that last one was just an urban legend.
Then came Tunnel, a new subterranean danceteria where the lights respond directly to what the DJ is playing and you respond directly to vodka, opening this Thursday beneath the downtown W hotel.
To gain access to this place, find the box of frosted glass at the W and take the private elevator down. You’ll soon find yourself in a long, dark space. Also known as a tunnel.
But this tunnel is not like other tunnels. To start, there’s a full bar backlit in red where you can grab a Sumner (that’s Bulleit Rye, pomegranate and lemon). Or wine on tap. Or champagne in a bottle. You can grab all kinds of things there.
And those light shows: they’re the work of a custom-made artificial intelligence program that can run 65,000 different lighting programs and never repeat a pattern. It’s like HAL, but instead of trying to kill you, he just wants you to dance.