Two New Restaurants Open at Hollywood & Vine

Vine Street is one of Hollywood’s main arteries, yet for a long time, its nightlife offerings paled in comparison to Sunset’s. But lately, things are trending slightly more upscale on Vine, especially near the famed intersection at Hollywood Boulevard, where several large nightlife destinations are dominating L.A.’s clubland, like The Redbury’s Cleo, the W hotel’s Drai’s, and SBE’s Katsuya.) Now, two new hangouts are set to debut at this new nightlife nexus: the Lexington Social House and Cafe Entourage.

Entourage is a restaurant hoping to lure in clubbers in the mood for something more upscale without the velvet rope hassle of Drai’s. The restaurant boasts two full bars, one for each floor, and a stunning patio that overlooks the W’s valet patio area. Opening this Friday, Entourage represents a new nightlife option for anyone seeking sleek environs. Awash in purple hues and boasting a gaudy gas fireplace, Entourage mimics the look and feel of the W brand. Expect spillover crowds from Drai’s on weekends to end up here, especially with their 24-hour license to serve food.

Beginning tonight, a much different demographic will settle in just up the street, in the shadow of the Capitol Records building, when a private party will offer a first taste of the anticipated venue Lexington Social House. The restaurant lounge opens in earnest in April, but the neighborhood is already abuzz, thanks to the reputations of all involved. The menu, which aims to bring a more Manhattan-style late night dining to Hollywood, was created by Mette Williams, formerly of Spago and Cut. But Lexington will also double as a club, with Travis Andres (a name familiar to long time night owls in L.A.) bringing in large-scale events. Brent Bolthouse has already been in to take a look at the smart spot, formerly the awful Forbidden City (the place was gutted completely).

Designed by Thomas Schoos, Lexington feels casual yet upscale, with classic Queen Anne chairs set against exposed brick walls and tin ceilings. A carrara marble bar is the centerpiece of the interior, with a massive outside patio that will likely prove a hit this summer with patrons seeking a slightly sophisticated oasis in the heart of Hollywood.

image Lexington Social House.