Must-See Nightclubs and Bars – The Hollywood Reporter

‘We’re entering a beautiful renaissance’ of LA nightlife, says Tom Topit of the West Hollywood Employees Only hotspot (just named one of the best bars in North America by the World’s 50 Best.) He’s a regular at the Sunset Strip Hotel’s Edition, which has relaunched its Sunset space club this year (it had opened briefly before the pandemic). It was joined recently by two other notable libation lounges, The Fleur Room (also on the Strip) and Capri Club at Eagle Rock.

Sunset

At Sunset — the underground club under the lobby of the Edition West Hollywood hotel (9040 Sunset Blvd.) — the atmosphere is very 1979. The nod to the past didn’t happen by chance. It was purpose-built in design by Edition co-founder Ian Schrager of Studio 54 fame. “We wanted to create a space where freedom was infused with a spirit of spontaneity,” says Schrager. “We were trying to have a place where you can sit, chat and relax. But we also have a hot and sweaty dance floor.

Betty Who (left) and Vincint at the Sunset for Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita’s birthday

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This dance floor features 400 dizzying disco balls suspended at different heights and a state-of-the-art d&b audiotechnik sound system. The space also includes the intimate Sunset Room, where green velvet-covered banquettes and oak-panelled walls surround a craft-focused bar.

The inauspicious timing of its initial launch, just before the 2020 shutdowns, means Sunset is only now hitting its stride. A reopening event in April was hosted by French DJ, Fred Falke, who is rightly credited with pioneering the sound of New Disco. The club has already attracted familiar faces from the industry, including Rita Ora – and her new husband Taika Waititi – Kate Beckinsale, Tobey Maguire and Lenny Kravitz. It has hosted live performances by names no less notable than Chaka Khan, Janelle Monae, Questlove and James Murphy, as well as a recent joint birthday bash for Jesse Tyler Ferguson and her husband Justin Mikita.

“In the heyday of the Sunset Strip, you were driving down the street and hearing music everywhere, it really captured the spirit of the music scene of that era,” Schrager adds. Thanks to Schrager’s latest work, you’ll likely hear more of the same spilling out onto the streets of West Hollywood — like the ’70s never quieted down.

The Sunset Room at the Sunset Hotel.

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“We don’t have a playbook on how it evolved, but it’s like the best of a New York club mixed with Sunset Strip with a little extra magic pixie dust.” The magic, it seems, is a generous dash of post-pandemic exuberance.

As for a direct connection to Studio 54, “they are both social and community spaces with a real sense of freedom,” says Schrager. “If people feel protected without being inhibited, we achieve the same magical goal as Studio – that’s the umbilical cord [between the two].”

Sopit adds, “It’s taken years, not just because of the pandemic, to see bar culture return to Sunset Boulevard.”

THE FLOWER ROOM

The Room of Flowers

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From Tao Group Hospitality, The Fleur Room (9201 Sunset Blvd.) is a sophisticated experience with velvet seating and marble cocktail tables. “It’s about smaller, more intimate conversations,” says Tao Groupo CMO Pavan Pardasani of the reservations area.

Although the hotel group is best known for its lavish nightclubs, beach day clubs and restaurants in major markets like Las Vegas, New York, London, Miami, Dubai, Shanghai, Singapore and, of course, Los Angeles , The Fleur Room marks a distinct pivot away from the noise and strobe lighting that have become the language of nightlife, and instead offers a subtle, more adult cocktail bar experience.

“We wanted to create a sophisticated, non-nightlife-focused destination, a place where adults can go for a drink, socialize a little more, be present and a little more engaged,” says Pardasani.

During the months it has been quietly open, The Fleur Room has hosted a handful of celebrity clients: Kendall Jenner, Lori Harvey, Jason Oppenheim and Ryan Philippe to name a few. It has also hosted several Hollywood special occasions, such as Kevin Hart’s birthday party, Stephen Curry’s ESPYs party, album listening parties for DJ Calvin Harris and singer Giveon and the launch of Kin Euphorics by Bella Hadid.

So while The Fleur Room is already making a name for itself on the Hollywood scene, Tao’s team is ultimately looking to attract a “cross section of the industries that really rock LA,” says Pardasani. “I think this [city] It used to be really entertainment focused, but we’ve seen that change.

So far, people working in music, film, fashion and now tech, a relatively new hotel audience in Los Angeles, have frequented the venue the most.

Cotton Cloud 9 cocktail from The Fleur Room with vodka. St Germain, fresh lime, grapefruit and cotton candy.

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The beverage program, led by Tao Group Hospitality beverage director Craig Schoettler (Alinea, The Aviary), is the raison d’etre, especially since there’s no food on the menu. Standouts include “La Pina,” a mezcal cocktail featuring Dos Hombres, one of The Fleur Room’s partners, and a “super premium” Casa Azul reposado tequila cocktail, served in the lower half of blue ceramic bottles and white themselves.

“Our goal here with our cocktail program is to really deliver on that promise of being a cocktail bar for our customers, and not just to use that term lightly,” Pardasani says. “When you have 70+ locations in 25+ markets around the world, we definitely have something for everyone. We just felt that what was missing – and what we would like to be a part of – is creating a place who had a nightlife sensibility in the sense that you could get great service, see a big crowd, have good drinks, listen to good music, but not all the stuff that comes with nightlife.

CAPRI CLUB

The bar scene at Capri Club

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Eagle Rock’s new aperitivo bar opened in 1963 as family-run restaurant The Capri, which was celebrated for its cozy atmosphere and casual Italian cuisine before closing in 2019.

Hospitality Veteran Robert Fleming (formerly of Bar Covell in Los Feliz) renovated the historic space at 4604 Eagle Rock Blvd., reimagining it as Capri Club, a vibrant nightlife destination with a touch of retro Italian nostalgia.

Martini, negroni, and natural wine options abound, pairing well with small bites of sea bass like tuna-stuffed peppers and arancini. No reservations required at the bar stool and the space lined with red booths.

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