From an early age, Cielo owner Nicolas Matar may have been destined for a career in music. As a child, his lullabies were his parent’s nonstop stream of disco, funk, and soul music. His father—a hobbyist DJ and an original member of the legendary Studio 54—even built a mini-club in the family basement, where Nicolas encountered a diverse array of music genres. Nicolas went on to DJ at top clubs across the world, eventually landing a resident position at the famous Pacha in Ibiza. After spending most of the ’90s working the high-end nightclub scene, Nicolas returned home to New York to open Cielo, where he spins electronic-centric sets alongside top international DJs. Named as a top club by the likes of the International Dance Music Awards and DJ Mag, Cielo has earned worldwide renown for its unpretentious atmosphere, extraordinary sound-system, and dedication to quality dance music. Inside, guests dance to electronica, house, and techno music on a sunken dance floor beneath the glimmer of disco balls. Others recline on comfortable banquettes, cushioned by plush brown and blue cylinder pillows. The club strives to avoid the elitist attitude of other lounges, eschewing VIP rooms, velvet ropes, and restrooms guarded by hungry mountain lions.