Hollywood Clubs, Bars, and Hotspots

Hollywood Backstage Staff Writer 
Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Room houses some of L.A.'s best music. The long, narrow, dark bar features up-and-coming deejays playing to an all-everything crowd, which includes up-and-coming actors and models. If you like music, this is a good place to find it. On Tuesdays, it's THE place to be in Hollywood. Like many great bars, The Room is difficult to find. It's on Cahuenga between Selma and Hollywood behind a blue building with an orange awning; go around the back and look for the doorman. 1626 N. Cahuenga Blvd. (323) 462-7196

It's across the street from The Burgundy Room, another good bar, cool music with a cool crowd (cash only). A close walk away is Opium Den, a rock bar for young alterna-rockers. The tiny stage area gets packed and Mondays are especially cranking with local radio station KROQ's "Zeke's Backyard" night. Burgandy Room, 1621 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd. (323) 465-7530 Opium Den, 16051Ž2 N. Ivar Ave. (323) 912-0636

Goldfingers, one of L.A.'s most interesting haunts, is unfortunately gone, replaced by a red, posh "new Hollywood" place called the Red Buddah Lounge. We'll see. 6423 Yucca Blvd. (323) 962-2913

Looking for a good bartender? Daddy's has among the best in town. They are friendly and know how to mix the prefect drink. Daddy's has a strong reputation as a pick-up bar. 1610 Vine. (323) 463-7777. The

Frolic Room (Hollywood and Vine) is a very local bar that gets going late, after 11, after the Pantages Theater next door show is over. Frolic's main architectural feature is a wallpaper mural of old-time Hollywood stars. 6245 Hollywood Blvd. (323) 462-5890.

On a different scale, the Pig 'N Whistle is a restaurant that turns into a bar at night. It has different themes on different nights and is operated by the owners of the celebrity-favorite Sunset Room. For example, it turns into the Nubar some nights, a cool martini bar with a mostly younger crowd.

Not to be confused with the Pig 'N Whistle is the Cat 'N Fiddle, reputed to be a Rolling Stones fav. Any surprise it's a British pub? It has a dart room, a dining room and a patio. Laid-back locals love the place. To drink, try the Snake Bite. Not a lot of femms go there, though. Pig 'N Whistle, 6714 Hollwood.(323) 463-0000. Cat 'N Fiddle, 6530 Sunset.(323) 468-3800

Merix (located in nearby West Hollywood, on Santa Monica east of La Ciegena) is mostly gay, but has a wide variety of fruit margaritas (kiwi, mango, etc.). It's absolutely impossible to get into on Sundays after the noon hour, a tribute to its tasty frozen concoctions 8350 Santa Monica Blvd., #210. (323) 848-2450

If it's Monday, check out Les Deuz Cafe, a French bistro which has a bit of a scene that night. It's also reputed to be a hideaway for Hollywood stars (Sharon Stone, Jerry Seinfield, Cameron Diaz, Lenny Kravitz...). 1638 N. Las Palmas Ave. (323) 465-0509.

Bars Want to see a celebrity? Or at least mingle where they mingle? Hollywood is home to several upscale bars that attract celebrities,directors and producers, movers and shakers, and more "ordinary" folks who like a good drink and a good time. Most mix dancing with comfortable bar seating.

One of the best bars in Hollywood for the "average" person is Lucky Strike Lanes. It's not a chore to get in and people actually talk to someone who's not in their own crowd. It's a beautiful bowling alley and bar – this is becoming big in L.A. – in the Hollywood & Highland complex. Lucky Strke Lanes, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 143. (323) 467-7776

An upscale choice of the past, the Sunset Room, is being remodeled and will reopen at Caabana Club. Forty Deuce. At the latter it's tease without the sleeze, not a strip show but a show. Forty Deuce, 5574 Melrose Ave. (323) 466-6263

One trend seems to be naming places after the street address. Thus, welcome to town 1650. This classy dance club and bar is one of THE places to be in town. Formerly known as Vinyl, it's new and hip. 1650 N. Schrader (West of Wilcox). (323) 465-7449.

The Beauty Bar is a hair salon converted into a bar. It's quirky,which is fitting, because so is the crowd. It's more of a novelty, less than great for mingling with strangers. 1638 Cahuenga Blvd. (323)464-7676

Clubs The club scene in Hollywood is all LA. The heartbeat of Hollywood's nightlife are its dance clubs. There are more here than there are stars on the Walk of Fame (or so it seems). And even more are on the way. Vanguard brings it with cool DJs, go-go girls on a catwalk and enough dance floor space to fit in the relaxed but energetic crowd, which ranges mainly from 25s-early 30s. There's an outdoor tropical-style patio in the back for VIP service, but this place is really just a pure dance club with few distractions. (6021 Hollywood Bvld., 213-480-3232.)

"hotspots," Mood and Geisha House. Mood's mood is Indonesian has go-go dancers in panties and t-shirts and theme nights put on my various promotors.

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