In my experience, when the Lady Silvia—the library-inspired cocktail lounge with an unmarked entrance on the Soho Lofts ground floor—comes up in casual conversation, typically someone says that they love it but they either don't go there enough or forget it's there. Apparently they're not alone, because news trickled out yesterday that the stylish spot has shuttered. Its phone number is no longer in service, the bar is locked up and its Facebook page is gone. (Owner Sam Cherry hasn't responded to the Weekly's phone call.)
The Lady Silvia opened in summer 2011 just as the Arts District began diversifying its destinations. Its clandestine entrance and unique design made it feel like a discovery, a special place that tourists wouldn't just loudly enter and defile. Locals and those in the know came for its window-less hideaway, handcrafted cocktails and—on most evenings—legit house soundtrack. The scene at any given time was always social: Bartenders chatting up their regulars, associates talking shop over martinis and Stellas, friend circles gathering among the retro plush furniture and romantic types alternatively swooning over each other and the venue's singular ambiance. I even know a couple who had its first date there.
Sorry, babe, our special spot is no longer—we didn't go there enough.