Rumors of a high-end nightclub in the Bank of America tower have been circulating through downtown St. Pete for a little more than year. What is finally taking shape on the 19th floor is beyond anyone's expectations.
Once inside the Bank of America building, men in suits check IDs at the elevator. After they approve, a pretty girl opens the doors of an empty elevator, waiting to hoist up the next party.
Visitors are whisked up, and the elevator doors open to a neon-lit lobby, where one more security guard opens the lounge doors to Vue 19's upscale lounge.
A dimly lit and wide open space greets each guest. Inside, there are two main bars, a spacious dance floor, VIP tables galore and a grand piano with a DJ spinning nearby. The decor is overwhelmingly white, creating a crisp, clean environment.
On Thursday, Vue 19 hosted a soft opening. Security is located at multiple points throughout the space, including the balcony that overlooks the 'burg.
The idea of Vue 19's lounge is to produce an exclusive venue where class is key. A strict dress code is in place as well as a reasonable maximum occupancy that will keep the area breatheable.
Vue 19 is offering something very different from any other establishment in the downtown area. And what's more is the club plans to keep it that way.