Living: Hotpots of the Urban Night

They are classy, flashy and splashy.

They cater to singles, couples and triples, straights and gays and feys, blacks and whites, the well-shaped or the merely well-heeled—and just about anyone else who yearns to break out of 9-to-5 humdrum into a space-age world of mesmeric lighting, Neronian dècor and, of course, music, music, music. They are the new breed of discothèque, moth-gathering hotpots of the urban night. Discomania is the latest passion of faddish, fickle American city dwellers, turning daytime Jekylls and Jacquelines into nocturnal and nonma-levolent Hydes and Heidis gyrating through smoke...

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