L.A. Lounge The Beverly Opens In May

Come next month, LA’s prettiest people will have a new club to call home: The Beverly. Formerly Guys & Dolls—where a well-publicized violent incident marked the end of that lounge’s reign—it now boasts new owners, new design, and an all-but-assured built-in crowd of early adopters, thanks to the talent in charge.

“Marcel Vigneron will be creating crazy liquid nitrogen concoctions,” said managing partner Darren Dzienciol (pictured at Trousdale), of The Beverly’s still-emerging cocktail program. Though Vigneron won’t be working the bar (he’s apparently too busy with his reality show, Quantum Kitchen) his drinks will be in full effect. Dzienciol, Brent Bolthouse and owner Guy Starkman ruled West Hollywood last year with Trousdale, which is still going strong. Now, the trio are set to capture the same upscale crowd at a location that beats Trousdale’s Sunset spot: The Beverly is planted right near La Cienega’s busy restaurant row.

So what will The Beverly look like? Gone is Guys & Dolls’ gaudy look, according to Dzienciol. “The Beverly has a very New York feel,” he said. “We’ve got 14 gauge steel veneering the fireplace and salvaged windows from the Park Avenue armory circa 1870.” While The Beverly will likely maintain the cozy vibe that initially drew the models & bottles set to Guys & Dolls, expect a more industrial fell at Dzienciol and Starkman’s new venture: exposed Edison light bulbs, cast iron piping, brown distressed leathers, and reclaimed wood, all overseen by Built Inc’s John Sofio (Trousdale, Magnolia).

The Beverly has a private event booked May 12th and will likely debut to the public soon after.

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.

Los Angeles by Night: DJ Lindsay Luv’s Itinerary

The ever-affable Lindsay Luv has one of the sunniest personalities in nightlife. It’s only fitting, then, that after eight years of living and DJing in New York, the east coast girl picked up and moved to Los Angeles. “I was offered a big summer residency at Mondrian Skybar to DJ their pool parties, and I decided it was time to try to expand my career,” says Luv. The west coast is a great place to do that—it’s the best move I could have made, both professionally and personally.” In less than six months, Luv found she was overbooked, suddenly becoming a DJ favorite among celebrities and booking LA hotspots like H. Wood and XIV. She landed in the pages of People magazine, thanks to a report that Britney Spears headed to Mondrian Skybar by herself, just to check out Luv on the decks. ABC’s former Bachelorette, Deanna Pappas, had Lindsay spin her engagement party, and Neve Campbell had Luv spin her private birthday bash at the London Hotel. Needless to say, she’s gotten to know her way around the LA party scene pretty quickly. Here’s her take on LA nightlife.

Name: Lindsay Luv Professional Resume: DJ, Producer, Fashionista, Blogger, ‘Girl About Town’ One Word to Describe Nightlife in Los Angeles: Glitzy

City Loves Favorite lunch spot: Local in Silver Lake for homemade farmer’s market inspired comfort food, Cactus Taqueria for the best tacos on the go! • Favorite dinner spot: Pace for hard-to-find-in-LA wood burning oven pizza and pastas and an incredible wine list; XIV on Sunset for this amazing homemade naan and yogurt dip, in place of bread, to start off a fantastic meal; Malo in Los Feliz for dope Mexican food and a hip scene.

Favorite Nightlife Trend: Poolside Parties, day or night—year round! You never know who might float by or jump in! • Drink of Choice: Kettle, Soda, Lime • Meal of Choice: Spicy Tuna on Grilled Rice Cakes and the Yuzu Octopus Spicy Tako Roll paired with a Pear and Parmesan Martini at Katana on the outdoor roof deck. • Favorite group of people to bump into: The staff at Mondrian Skybar! Everyone from the bus boys to the GMs to the door guy and in between have become like family to me! An eclectic and fun staff all around, and we all have been known to hit up a diner late-night after a crazy party.

City Gripes: Nightlife trend you loath: Sparklers. Omgggg Sparklers!!! • Drink: Mojitos! All that mint stuck in your straw or, even worse, your teeth! Yuck! • Meal: Drive-through greasy fast food. Hit up a more personal taco truck instead! • Group of people to bump into: People with bad requests that won’t leave me alone. “Will you play ‘I’ve Got a Feeling’ again?” Ugh! Or obnoxious drunks.

Her Hotspots: Most night’s I’m working, DJing either special events, or clubs, so I go where the dex are. But here are my favorite spots.Monday: TeaRoom: I spin many Mondays and events there and love this place! They have great events for a variety of fashion, industry and celebrity clients! Also, late night at Teddy’s at The Roosevelt Hotel. •Tuesday: XIV SBE Group Industry Dinner that I spin from 8-11PM followed by the backroom at Trousdale. Great night all around! •Wednesday: Las Palmas. Dance on couches, see and be seen, and pick up great tacos at their stand on your way out! •Thursday: Mondrian Skybar where I spin all night—from 10PM to 2AM. Hotspot! You never know who will make a cameo. •Friday: The Edison (downtown) is an underground vault/factory -like haunt with amazing absinthe cocktails and a refined dress code; Little Bar, a local dive that was made over on my favorite HGTV show, “The Antonio Treatment.” •Saturday: Bronson Bar for rock music and whiskey. I love spinning all rock guest sets there, they actually mean rock when they say it! Wurstküche, downtown for sausages and beer, and indie/electro. •Sunday: I need a break! Costco? Home Depot? Target? OMG, I love Target!


Every night: Bronson Bar. It’s like the dive bar version of Cheers that plays great rock music, and is unpretentious. Or Mondrian Skybar for a poolside table all seasons all hours. I love the SPIN room too, because Ping Pong is ALWAYS a good time! •Wouldn’t be caught dead here: Friday or Saturday nights anywhere in Hollywood, unless I am DJing. It is MAYHEM! But when I’m spinning in Hollywood: bring on the masses!!! •For special occasions: Katana or Pace for romantic ambience, and incredible food. Disneyland for straight fun, California style. Disneyland is a great date at night when the kids are heading home! Plus you can ride Thunder Mountain until you throwup! •Brunch is usually: Kings Road Café, ask for everyone’s favorite waiter: John! Griddle Café for pancakes as big as you are!

Who Tossed it Better? Lindsay Lohan or Snooki?

Today, in celebrity drink tossing: after a long week of fighting with her dad, who is maybe a fame succubus, but who also maybe just wants to be able to make her go to rehab (or maybe both!), our Lilo needed to blow off some steam. So she did what any leathery divorcee would do: she stomped down to her ex-girlfriend’s job at L.A. hotspot Trousdale and heaved a full glass of alcohol at said ex’s face with all her might. Luckily for SamRo, the sometime actress’s decaying husk of an arm lacks the speed and coordination necessary to actually connect, and Lilo is now officially banned from every booze-serving establishment in the lower-48, including Hooters. Listen Lilo, I know you are jealous that your ex gets to do the easy job of playing records while you’re pounding the pavement after getting fired, but this is not a good look.

Meanwhile, in Miami, our Snooki had a dust-up with a man whose sexual attentions had frightened and confused the adorable oompa-loompa. Each threw some comestibles at the other, but the ne’er-do-well was ejected from the bar while Snooki got to stay, which means she won. And she still had time to do a comprehensive breast exam on both herself and her companion, JWOWW, for health. She is clearly the winner of today’s classy lady contest.

Party Faces: Spring Beauty From This Week’s Best Parties

This week temps dipped a bit, but that didn’t stop partiers from putting on their best spring impressions. Posers were Patrickmcmullaned at top spots like the The Ace Hotel, for Ruffian’s party and the Hotel Griffou for the launch of the new fashion brand Porcelain for which Sting showed faced. Other faces from a week of parties after the jump.

image Fresh Face: Candice Swanepoel Event: Victoria’s Secret Celebrates the 15th Anniversary of the Swim Catalogue Venue: Trousdale, Los Angeles Notable Attendees: Paris Hilton, Miranda Kerr, Kat Von D. Look: Veronica Lake curls get extra points for standing up against LA humidity. Recommendation: Curls are just curls, but they get the Veronica Lake treatment with the side part. Get the curls to stay frizz-free with a moisture barrier finisher like John Freida Frizz-Ease Style Moisture Barrier Hairspray.

image image Fresh Face: Olivia Ma Corwin Event: Porcelain Launches in New York Venue: Hotel Griffou Notable Attendees: Trudie Styler, Amy Sacco, Arden Wohl, Genevieve Jones. Look: I’m obsessed with these how these braids bring a beachy look to an overall fancy get up. Recommendation: Oh, I have no idea how to get these braids. I’ve tried to french my own hair when that bang-braid was big last summer. I suck at it. But if you’re decent enough, I’d suggest a nice texturizing creme to make your hair more pliable. We here at BlackBook happen to be major consumers of Sebastian Microweb Fiber Flexible Elastic Texturizer. Work into hair before you attempt such a feat- and good luck.

image Fresh Face: Kelley Hoffman Event: Olivia Palermo and Roberta Freymann Celebrate the Launch of their necklace collection. Venue: Roberta Freymann Notable Attendees: Olivia Palermo, Kipton Cronkite, Jack Bryant. Look: Hoffman, usually seen with a heavy fringe, gets all springy with a sleek top knot. Recommendation: Gather dirty hair (second-day hair sounds so much more polite) into a haphazard top bun and keep the bangs slicked with a bit of strong-hold pomade like Umi Sitewax Styling Pomade.

image Fresh Face: Atarah Valentine, Jacob Troy, Anne Koch, Gavin Mcleod Event: Ruffian for Threads & Heirs launch hosted by Macy’s & Paper Magazine. Venue: The Ace Hotel Notable Attendees: Irena Shayk, Heidi Lindgren, Jessica White. Look: Four examples of how not to look contrived in nighttime headwear. Recommendation: Whether you’re in all black, or matching your floppy 80’s head scarf with your skirt, get playful with your toppers.