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What began as a boutique hotel with a cool lounge has turned into the start of a nightlife empire. In early September, Jet Entertainment Group — those folks who bought the Luna Hotel at 1612 Wazee Street and turned it into Jet Hotel — acquired the Purple Martini clubs in the Tech Center (8000 East Belleview Avenue, Greenwood Village) and the Tabor Center (1200 17th Street). Jordan Bullock, Jet's vice president of marketing, says the company has plans to remodel the Tech Center spot and reopen it as Jet South in late December. In the meantime, the Tabor Center location will get a light remodel, then turn into something else entirely next year. (Jet didn't buy the Purple Martini Boulder, at 1710 29th Street, but that's been sold as well and is being renovated into an as-yet-unnamed club.)
Jet Entertainment Group has been busy at Jet, too. On September 20, it celebrated the grand reopening of what had once been a club in the basement and is now the swank, private Twenty. A social membership runs $500 for a year, and the annual locker/corporate membership is $2,000, but that gets you a liquor locker stocked with a lot of booze, tickets to Jet's annual events and more. There are also plans to open a hip, new eatery called XO, featuring organic Asian fare, at the back of the hotel. And regular folks can still buy drinks at the bar in the recently remodeled lobby.
Finally, Jet has taken over the space at 1403 Larimer Street that had been Open Bar since January and Hush before that. On October 30, it will reopen as Wicked Garden, a high-end rock-and-roll club decked out in leopard- and leather-covered furniture, with a vibe in the vein of West Hollywood's famed Viper Room.
Club scout: DJ Klaw's Mommy's Little Monster on Thursdays at Bender's Tavern (314 East 13th Street) has been growing into a monster, and it should be really big on October 9, when a few of the Suicide Girls will be on hand for a meet-and-greet. In addition to resident DJs Klaw, El Brian and Deftron, Ginger Perry will spin; girls drink free from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Yahru El Guru and Spellbinder, resident DJs and hosts of Universal Reggae Fridays at Vinyl (1082 Broadway), will welcome Jamaican reggae stars General Smiley and Ken Serious on Friday, October 10.
The producers of Playskool and Disco 2000 just fired up a weekly Disco Apocalypto night Wednesdays at Grand Paladium Event Center (1400 West 62nd Avenue). Local and national DJs (including resident DJ Keoki) will spin house, techno, electro and trance in the Throw Down Room, with mash-ups, breaks and hip-hop in the Apocalypse Room, and retro '80s pop in the Disco Funk Room. The club sports more than 20,000 square feet of dance floor and recently installed a new sound-and-lighting system, which reportedly features the largest three-color laser in the state. On Wednesday, October 15, the crew brings in Philadelphia-based electro DJ Nigel Richards; on October 22, trance-and-progressive DJ Mark Lewis; and throughout November, talented female DJs Diamond, Frances, Fei-Fei and Loli. The parties start at 9 p.m. and run until 4 a.m.
Finally, anyone born in October might want to check out Spill Lounge (1410 Market Street) on Tuesday, October 14, when the club serves free drinks to people with October birthdays from 9 p.m. to close. And even if you weren't born in this month, you can get two-for-one Buds, wells and calls until midnight.