Live Jazz, Pig’s Face, & Umami Take-Out Debuts in Los Angeles

Home is where the heart is supposed to be, but now in Beverly Hills, a place called H.O.M.E. (House of Music & Entertainment) is where the caviar-chive salmon, the sous vide berkshire pork chop with a pear brandy reduction, the live jazz, and your new favorite wine list is. This premiere live jazz/supper club spot just opened last week, giving those in the industry a new place to rub shoulders, sign on the dotted line, and lean back with some top-shelf scotch to enjoy the smooth stylings of musicians like Bill Cunliffe and Pet Escovedo.

Bestia, a charcuterie haven serving pig’s face and beef heart tartare, opens this Friday in the Art District, and just when you thought the Umami brand was spent and done, here comes U Mini, a tiny take-out version of everyone’s favorite burger joint.

Your 2010-11 Los Angeles Nightlife Roundup

Last year, it felt like everyone in Los Angeles finally realized the dream of opening their own bar. But nightlife being the fickle beast that it is, not all of them will last. The bars that made the most noise in 2010 will likely survive to see 2012 and beyond, but they’re not necessarily the best of the bunch. Brent Bolthouse and Guy Starkman’s Trousdale (pictured above) had a very successful year and recently paid back all its investors (a coup in under 12 months). Across the street from Trousdale on the Sunset Strip, Soho House had an equally successful 2010.

On the other side of town, Echo Park and Silver Lake saw the opening of a few new bars that made a bit of buzz, albeit of the low-key variety. The truck-stop chic of Stinkers gave way to the whiskey-soaked sophistication of The Thirsty Crow in Silver Lake, while Echo Park gained a great new cozy drinking den in 1642 bar. Los Feliz got a new wine bar, Bar Covell, which was a hit with first-daters the second it opened.

Downtown saw an explosion of new finds in 2010, the best being the simplest: Spring St. bar. Cedd Moses’ Las Perlas tempted tequila fiends while ex-Lava Lounge owner Michelle Marini opened up a smallish haunt called The Falls nearby.

Drai’s, Supperclub, Colony, and Premiere all douched up Hollywood, yet all three seem to still be doing well. Hemingway’s did better than all three of the aforementioned spots, at least in terms of drawing a fairly diverse crowd.

So what’s in store this year?

Tonight in Hollywood, The Spare Room at the Roosevelt officially debuts after hosting private holiday parties last month. The cocktail lounge features a gaming parlor and two vintage bowling lanes. Friday, David Judaken’s revamp of Opera debuts, dubbed Eden.

Beyond Hollywood, look for the Houston brothers to make noise once again with several new bars. The two had a huge hit in 2010 with the smart Havana-aping La Descarga, and the brothers will revamp the Stone Bar near Los Feliz this spring with a dive bar for those who are too hip for dive bars. Similarly, Roger Room overlords Jared Meisler and Sean MacPherson are set to make a bit of low key noise with their revamp of the classic Coach & Horses on Sunset Blvd, which recently closed.

Supperclub L.A. Debuts Over Busy Halloween Weekend

Los Angeles is still recovering from a crazy Halloween weekend. The highlights: 400,000-plus costumed freaks in West Hollywood for the city’s annual parade; Maxim filming a forthcoming film called Halloween House at the actual house used in the original Halloween (synergy!); two sold-out, hectic nights at the HARD Haunted Mansion music festival; and some starry soirees at Voyeur ( where Glee’s Matt Morrison held a private party) and the Hollywood Forever Cemetery (for Maroon 5’s Bacardi-sponsored annual throwdown). We musn’t forget our own bash at The Standard in West Hollywood (more on that later) or the opening party for L.A.’s newest supper club, called, er, Supperclub. After the jump, a short, spooky recap.

With established locales in Amsterdam, San Francisco, London, Singapore, and Istanbul, the Supperclub brand is familiar to world travelers on the hunt for a lucullan night out. The 13,500 square-foot space is awash in whites and boasts a clean, space-age look. More so than its international cousins, the Hollywood location inside the historic (and haunted) Vogue Theater takes its “club” half very seriously. No doubt the crowds were impressed by their surroundings, with aerialists dazzling the dance floor with a few moves of their own. Supperclub will hold a grand opening December 2, but will have its slow reveal all month, hosting several special events.

Downtown, a slightly younger demographic danced to a different beat at the HARD Haunted Mansion. Sunday night was the highlight of the two-day fest, with acts such as Underworld and Calvin Harris so good, it was scary. Festival favorite Boys Noize took over the after party at an inconspicuous warehouse, because apparently nobody works on Monday.

image Photo courtesy of Adam Hawes/TransWorld MEDIA

This being L.A., aspiring actresses and models lived up to their titles at the storied “Halloween House” in the shadow of the Hollywood Hills. On Sunday, the invite-only crowd flirted with fame as Patriot Pictures filmed a party scene for a forthcoming film dubbed Halloween House. It’s the first co-production for Alpha Media Group and Maxim magazine. The reality-show-within-a-horror movie set was packed with curvy creatures, who partied for real (surely the cameras had a little to do with it) in, as mentioned above, the very house where Michael Myers chopped up three young things, way back in 1978.


London Openings: Dei Frescobaldi, Dean Street Townhouse, Supperclub

Dei Frescobaldi (Kensington & Notting Hill) – Christmas comes early to Harrods with opening of famous Italian Frescobaldi restaurant and wine bar. ● Dean Street Townhouse (Soho) – Soho Group finally brings Soho House quality to town with new super chic and accessible townhouse hotel. ● Supperclub (Kensington & Notting Hill) – Hip new international dining and dancing extravaganza comes to town in form of Supperclub London.