Now and then we need a night off from speakeasies and tasting menus.
Sometimes we need reverb.
Pull up behind that Ducati and don’t expect any dull moments at LA's top clubs.
Roaring 2000s: Emerson Theatre Open Wed and Fri
With feather boa’d and fishnetted flappers dancing on raised stages, grand staircases, and bottle-serviced booths, this place gives Greystone a run for its aerialists. Sip the brambly, cognac-based Blackberry Smoke cocktail, part of their “club-friendly” mixology program, and boogie to the burlesque-inspired, prohibition-era décor.
7080 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood (323-525-2453)
Fringe Benefits: The Lash Soft open now
Founded by Irish musician Ross Carroll and named after an album by the Pogues, this art space/club was designed by fashion designer and visual artist Eric Hart. Contrary to Hollywood’s prototypical plush palaces, here chrome and neon meet exposed pipe and geometric everything. Becka Diamond and Goddollars spun the opening shindig and it’s on the edge of Skid Row, so you can expect the super-avant garde. Order the Dogs Bollocks, a citrusy, sweet bourbon number and discuss Vorticism, yet another inspiration for the distinct design.
117 Winston St., Downtown (213-687-7723)
Party Monster: Vanguard Reopened now
Formerly known as a giant warehouse party, Vanguard (pictured) has been given the sbe treatment with an new look that includes arena-style chesterfields and an outdoor patio with cabanas. Beats delivered by an upgraded state-of-the-art Funktion One sound system ensure that this place will remain one epic dance party. Also, it’s still 20,000 square feet, so bring your friends -- all of them.
6021 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood (323-463-3331)