April 19, 2013 |
In Hollywood, nightclub years are like dog years. Teddy's, the tiny nightclub tucked into the far front corner of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, had been open and popular for an impressive seven years - retirement age for most clubs - before being shut down last year for a remodel. It's now in a soft-open phase, and if early attendance numbers and enthusiasm are any indication, it's as popular as ever. Surprisingly, Med Abrous, director of promotions and entertainment for Thompson Hotels, went out of his way to not change much during the eight months the club was shut down.
April 19, 2013 |
Las Vegas is known for its outsized restaurants and nightclubs, but Thursday's opening of Hakkasan Las Vegas at the MGM Grand raised the bar for them all. The five-level, 80,000-square-foot venue is being dubbed the new king of clubs and is reported to have cost a whopping $200 million. It's the work of Hakkasan Ltd. and Angel Management Group. Hakkasan operates one of the most successful modern Chinese restaurant concepts in the world with locations in London, New York, Miami and Dubai.
March 29, 2013 |
In the airy Venice apartment where Damon Lawner and Natacha Merritt are working to escalate the sexuality of L.A. night life, two slobbery chocolate Labradors ambled about with a tennis ball. A couple of actors and designers huddled over a long table, pencil-sketching some stage-blocking ideas for the duo's upscale fetish party Sanctum . By the stairwell, a vermilion-haired model cheerily tried on lingerie with varying degrees of structural difficulty, and Merritt posed the girl's limbs just-so.
March 27, 2013 |
A showplace of the early automotive age in downtown Los Angeles a century ago is set to be revived by new owners who have ambitious plans to turn it into offices, a restaurant and a nightclub near L.A. Live. Long vacant, the stocky five-story building at 11th and Hope streets was a warehouse for the now-defunct local department store chain Desmond's. It still has the company's name affixed to the top. But its glory days date to 1916 when it opened as a full-service outpost of Ohio automaker Willys Overland Co. and once sold luxurious Willys-Knight cars to the city's well-to-do.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2013 |
Los Angeles is at a disadvantage competing with Las Vegas, New York and Miami for tourists who want a lively nightclub scene because of a California law that cuts off alcohol sales at 2 a.m., a state lawmaker contends. State Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) has introduced legislation that could extend the last call for alcohol in some California cities until 4 a.m. "This legislation would allow destination cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego to start local conversations about the possibility of expanding night life and the benefits it could provide the community by boosting jobs, tourism and local tax revenue," Leno said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2013 |
If Los Angeles ever wants to join the ranks of Las Vegas or Miami in attracting tourists who want to party, it needs to free its night spots from having to make the last call for alcohol by 2 a.m., according to one state lawmaker. State Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) has introduced legislation that would allow California cities to seek permission from the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to allow their nightclubs, restauraunts and bars to sell drinks until 4 a.m. "Many cities in California have dynamic social activities that are vital to their economies, but they lack the flexibility to expand their businesses,” Leno said.
March 8, 2013
L.A. electronic musicians have already colonized the northeast L.A. neighborhoods of Lincoln Heights, Mount Washington and Eagle Rock (home to Low End Theory, Stone's Throw and 100% Silk Records, respectively). Now that vibrant scene is sinking its samplers into the badlands of Glendale, with Saturday's opening of the new nightclub Complex. What : In its previous life as the Scene or LaBrie's - well-intentioned efforts to broaden the city's indie-rock venue coterie - the space never quite became appointment viewing.
February 21, 2013 |
For the top brass in the Las Vegas and Los Angeles EDM club scenes, dance music is proving a heck of a payday. The hospitality trade journal Nightclub & Bar released its annual list of the 100 highest-grossing nightclubs in America , and EDM-heavy clubs in Las Vegas dominate the upper reaches. Tied for first are a pair of venues that pioneered and cemented the superstar-DJ club concept as a major moneymaker. Wynn Resorts' XS and Marquee in the Cosmopolitan are tied for first place, each with estimated revenues of $80 million to $90 million in 2012.
February 12, 2013 |
Three former "Saturday Night Live" comedians plus soft-rock Air Supply musicians will spice up the night at the Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort in Cancun, Mexico , where expanded entertainment opportunities include a new nightclub named Noir and performances by internationally known entertainers. The all-inclusive mega-resort, which has hosted Shakira, Jon Secada, Enrique Iglesias and Usher, is to feature performances by "SNL" comics Jon Lovitz, Chris Katten and Tim Meadows on Saturday and Sunday.
February 8, 2013 |
Sandwiched between Los Angeles and Main streets off a tiny road called Winston, the new downtown L.A. club the Lash may be situated off an alley, but from there any sense of place starts feeling a little fuzzy. A glowing door in a wall painted with diagonal black-and-white strips leads to a small set of steps that take you to the club's main bar. Inside, walls made of smashed white subway tiles, modern modular furniture, off-kilter mirrors and bleacher seating create an oddly cold but inviting minimalist space.