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A new coworking space opens on St. Claude Avenue in Bywater

Club Discovery has had stints as a bounce club, mortuary, and construction materials warehouse

A white office with black columns and a colorful mural is filled with four desks.
Club Discovery has private and shared office space.

Built in 1893, the two-story building at 2831 St. Claude Avenue has gone through many iterations. Old-school New Orleanians may remember its heyday as a nightclub in the 1980s and ’90s, when DJs Captain Charles, Raj Smoove, and KLC pioneered the bounce sound from its warehouse-like space.

Today, Club Discovery’s vibe is more tech than twerk, as the 10,500-square-foot venue has reopened as a coworking office following a to-the-studs renovation in 2018. However, patrons of the former nightclub will find plenty of familiar features, including the dance floor and space-themed mural.

“If you’ve ever been to Club Discovery it will remind you of it. It won’t have changed as much as you would think,” owner Chris Reade told the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans.

That’s not to say that there haven’t been major changes. The modern space feels industrial-futuristic, thanks to exposed air ducts, glass walls, pressed-tin ceilings, and LED light installations. There are 18 assigned desks (which start at $350/month) and 17 private offices (which start at $650/month). Coworking memberships start at $200/month.

Amenities include a pool table and arcade games, a full kitchen with French Truck coffee and beer on tap, free parking, wi-fi, and free printing. And yes—Club Discovery does host events and parties.

A large window overlooks a parking lot and illuminates a room with chairs, a sofa, white walls, and wood floors.
The building sits by the Press Street train tracks.
A conference table sits in a room with glass doors, duct work, plants and a silver contemporary light fixture.
Conference room rental rates start at $50/hour.
Gray sofas and a curvy chair are surrounded by white half walls and a black-and-white mural.
Members can also work from a curvy chair or comfy couch.
A kitchen with a stainless steel fridge and brown cabinets faces a booth-like seating area.
Free snacks can be found in the kitchen.

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