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Address 246 West 14th Street
Location New York City
Coordinates 40°44′22″N 74°00′07″W / 40.73946°N 74.00184°W / 40.73946; -74.00184Coordinates: 40°44′22″N 74°00′07″W / 40.73946°N 74.00184°W / 40.73946; -74.00184
Type nightclub
Opened 1986
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. Later in 2004 another nightclub, NA — named for Noel Ashman, a promoter at Nell's before buying it – opened in Nell's space.[1] Actress-singer Nell Campbell was its namesake and longtime proprietress. In early 2004, actor Mark Wahlberg was planning to buy Nell's.[citation needed] The painter Thomas Moller was Nell's original manager.[2] The space later held the nightclub Plumm opened by actor Chris Noth and his business partner Noel Ashman [1].

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. 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.

Nell's is also a frequent haunt of Patrick Bateman, in the book American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis.


  1. ^ "NA". New York Magazine Bar Guide. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Nell's at". Retrieved 18 January 2010. 

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