Bounce Sporting Club (55 W. 21st Street between 5th and 6th Ave.) in the Flatiron is a “Sports” club in name only. Its really more club/lounge hybrid, with occasional sports on to provide a backdrop as something to watch if you tire of the model, wealthy professional, semi professional, trendy and business chic scene around you. That doesn’t mean that the place isn’t fun, its just not a “sports” bar.
Bounce is a sporting club now that I do think of it. Sporting fair for the ‘game’ of hot lust. Its a good place to get swaying let of that work anxiety, (nobody is dancing hard here for better or worse) while looking flashy. Its not a “makeout” spot but its a got me “all worked up and bothered and see where this may lead next time we catch up”spot. Most things open around 21st street including now defunct Duvet cater to outgoing party people who wanted a touch of normalcy along with a thumping and sexy sporting scene and Bounce is no different.
Bounce is very streamlined. There’s a pretty line of exposed lighting fixtures behind mounted boxes that’s kinda cool when you first enter. Its very linear with a row of U shaped booths on on side, each having rear mounted tv’s so people on the main floor/dance floor can watch the action with the more fortunate who decided on bottle service. Then there is a line of flatscreens at the bar. I like the bar, or better yet what is at the bar. Look they hire nothing less than an 8 out of 10 behind the bar and its mainly female bartenders. As a matter of fact I don’t think I remember seeing a male unless he was a bar back. Its all very slick and modern minimilist except the bartenders who are anything but minimally attractive.
There’s a few tv’s behind the large booth for people to watch the game and more along the booth banquets. Remember again though the real show is on the main floor which turns into part dance floor, part sway to the music and see who’s checking me out and who should I be checking out scene.
Bounce has a live DJ for Monday Night Football, and there is usually a DJ there Thursday thru Sunday and any larger sporting events. Even when its not popular sports season they’re line of DJ’s and people down to party that won’t dissipate.
Because it creates that vibe for a “big” night out (especially to the bridge and tunnel crowd, its in prime location and off a PATH train) and it caters to a wide variety I will give Bounce a 3.5-3.75 stars. Its not spectacular but it can be fun and depending on your tastes it could be a very good night out. Just don’t come looking for true sports fans and you’ll find a good time.