Club 11

There’s a saying about “everything old is new again.” But because it’s been done before, doesn’t mean it’s ever been done quite the same way, or quite so well as this time

Club 11 is located at 1799 Brewerton Road\, N. Syracuse, NY 13211. It is Open Wednesday 8PM–2AM, Thursday 8PM–2AM, Friday 4PM–2AM, Saturday 8PM–2AM, Sunday 8PM–2AM and is closed Monday & Tuesday.

Just opened on November 1st of last year, Club 11 is – well, a club. And clubs for dining, dancing, and music have been around for a long, long time. And that’s because they’re fun! Over the years, Syracuse has had some famous night spots that attracted anyone and everyone looking to enjoy a good time with drinks, food, and friends. But Club 11 promises to take Syracuse night clubbing to a whole new level.

Owner Gary Salvatore, who also owns and operates The Alpine, didn’t really plan on opening another venue. But once the idea was under way, the project was just too intriguing to drop. And now he’s ready to entertain Syracusans – the ones who remember some of the popular spots of years gone by, and those who have been looking for just the thing to do when everyone is in the mood to “go out.”

A one of a kind wall mural by Marcus Osmun, owner/artist at Acala Tattoo and Design in Cicero, NY.

With bar dining and sunken dance floors, the location will be remembered by locals as the former Jolly Roger, and later Mack’s Bad Art Bar. But nothing else except the location is the same. “It’s been completely remodeled, top to bottom,” says Salvatore. “People are amazed when they see the place.”

One feature that’s sure to intrigue club-goers is the color-themed rooms. “We’ve got a green room for the bands,” Salvatore said, “and people love the red carpet room where customers can take pictures of themselves, the band members, themselves with the band members.” And then he goes on to describe what is sure to be an unforgettable feature: a wall mural created by Marcus Osmun, a well-known local artist, who also creates one-of-a-kind body art for Acala Tattoo and Design. The mural couldn’t be more “Syracuse,” as it features the faces of Syracuse celebrities, like Richard Gere, Tom Cruise, and Bobcat Goldthwaite, among many others. Pop in and add your famous face in a selfie while you’re there!

You can enjoy a pub meal at tables or the spacious bar, with burgers, chicken sandwiches, wings and pizza all on the menu. But don’t miss filet mignon steak sandwich – Salvatore is happy to report that his customers have been raving about it, and it has become the club’s signature meal. Equally important is his staff. His bar staff is “the best,” and he is proud to say that he has an audio pro —Seth Goldberg— on site. If music is a major part of your product, a sound man is key.

Salvatore promises good food, and a full bar, but he’s taken great pains to make sure the entertainment and dancing are the best reason to visit Club 11. “We want people to come out and dance. We have classic rock, modern rock, and local bands. We’ve got a great lineup with some of the best bands around.” 

An evening at Club 11 might start with a happy hour, with $2 off mixed drinks and $1 off beer for the two hours leading up to a band. And you might as well enjoy some great food at the same time! After you enjoy some great local sounds with the band,  DJ’s like Slammin Sam on Friday and Gary Shote on Saturday nights will carry you into the early morning hours spinning your favorite dance music. The club is also available for parties of all kinds, from bachelor/bachelorette to holiday gatherings to benefits.

“We wanted to bring that era of Club 37, Suburban Park, Uncle Sam’s, some of those great clubs, from coat checks to a unique look to great music and a sunken dance floor, back to Syracuse – but updated,” says Salvatore. “For a club atmosphere, there’s nowhere in Syracuse like this. Nowhere.”

Nancy Roberts