"What makes the Russian Lady a great dance club? For one thing, there’s a different vibe on each of their three floors, said owner Jerry Fornarelli, where a hand-picked DJ caters the sound to the clientele. “There’s retro on the first floor, a little more energy music in the vodka room [on the second floor], and then the billiard room plays a little Top 40, which appeals to everyone,” Fornarelli said. With a little live music sprinkled in throughout the week, a jazz night, an acoustic night, free pool and an open-air rooftop, the Russian Lady brings the excitement all week long. “We are entertainers,” Fornarelli explained. “And at the end of the day, that’s our job.” With 10,000 square feet of space, dance floors on three levels, live music three days a week, and a DJ for each floor to rock the weekends away, it’s easy to understand why this club has become a dance phenomenon. “It’s the space, and it’s because we have something for everyone,” says general manager David Heath. He says each floor has its own character, from the “hole-in-the-wall bar” atmosphere on the first, to the vodka bar to the billiard room and the smoking lounge on the roof."
For a winner in the Best New Bar category, the Russian Lady sure has a rich past. “It was open in the ’70s, and there’s a lot of history,” said club manager David Heath. “It’s still the same location and a lot of the antiques have been restored.” With the best elements of the past bar still in place, the Russian Lady now strives to make the new place even better. “We serve food, and there’s a lot to do,” said owner Jerry Fornarelli. “We cater to happy hour. There’s a good beer selection, we’re open for lunch daily with light fare menu, the infamous Russian Lady Iced Tea, with a souvenir take-home glass. It’s the one place in town where you have something different to do on every floor.”
Winner of the Best New Bar Award in the Hartford Advocate Best Of Readers' Poll 2012
Winner of the Best Dance Club Award in the Hartford Advocate Best Of Readers' Poll 2012