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|Address||246 West 14th Street|
|Location||New York City|
|Closed||May 30, 2004|
Nell's (or Nells) was a nightclub located on 246 West 14th Street in downtown Manhattan. It opened in 1986 and closed May 30, 2004. Actress-singer Nell Campbell was its namesake and longtime proprietress. In early 2004, actor Mark Wahlberg was planning to buy Nell's. The painter Thomas Moller was Nell's original manager. The space later held the nightclub Plumm opened by actor Chris Noth and his business partner Noel Ashman .
At its peak of popularity in the late 1980s, Nell's was known for denying even the famous entry to the club. In the 1990s Nell's matured into a jazz and reggae showcase.
Nell's came onto the scene when some clubgoers were tiring of the cavernous discothèques (e.g., Studio 54) popular in the 1970s and early 1980s. Decorated as a slightly shabby 19th-century English men's club, Nell's afforded its upscale patrons a place to eat, sit, socialize, and listen to live music. Other exclusive supper clubs like M.K. soon followed. On June 4, 1987, artist Robert Mapplethorpe and actress Susan Sarandon hosted a dinner for AIDS charity amfAR at Nell's.
In the last decade, Nell's clientele became more multiracial. Rappers made Nell's hot again. The Notorious B.I.G. made his video for "Big Poppa" here. It was also here that Tupac met a woman in 1994 whom he allegedly sexually assaulted.