Friday, August 1, 2014

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LA Athletic Club gets a bar

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Our pre-summer workout regimen is getting stale.
 
We were contemplating shaking it up with crossfit, cycling, or broga.

But then we started thinking about bacon-wrapped dates. And custom cocktails.
 
Now on the third floor of Los Angeles Athletic Club, you’ll find a proper (ladies’ and) gentlemen’s club called Invention. It’s a different kind of room, where you might hear volumes of Faulkner hitting herringbone floors after you slam 75-lb dumbbells on rubber. 
 
There's a well-stocked bookcase flanking a giant flat-screen TV (streaming the Kentucky Derby for their viewing party on May 4th).
 
There's also a well-stocked mahogany pub-style bar. Go for a Pegu Club, a tangy glassful of gin and juice named after a gentleman’s club in Burma. Then snack on civilized dishes including those aforementioned bacon-wrapped dates, antipasto, or lamb meatballs.
 
You don’t have to be a club member to enjoy the perks of Invention: Social memberships are $250 to join with $80 per month dues.
 
Though if you are a LAAC member, it’s free. Plus, you can challenge patrons to tipsy games of squash (courts on the 8th floor). 

Invention at Los Angeles Athletic Club
431 W 7th St. (at Olive), Downtown
(213) 630-5200
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Price: 3 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Parking: Garage at 646 S. Olive
Scene: Pilates bodies and Winklevoss twin types
Best bets: Pegu Club; lamb meatballs
Hot seat: A wingback window seat
Nearby: Chaya; Drago Centro; Mas Malo

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