Party Earth Review Of all the good things to come out of two letters – TV, E.T., R&B –there’s one more to add to the list: AV, an ultra-swanky Hollywood nightclub that began life as a Monday-only hotspot but has since opened for dolled-up... ... read full review
1601 North Cahuenga Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
Red Line: Hollywood/Vine
M, F–Sa 10:30pm–2am
Hollywood, Los Angeles –
Of all the good things to come out of two letters – TV, E.T., R&B –there’s one more to add to the list: AV, an ultra-swanky Hollywood nightclub that began life as a Monday-only hotspot but has since opened for dolled-up weekend warriors as well.
Potential guests need only follow the valet line trekking down Selma to discover the club’s entrance, marked by obligatory no-nonsense bouncers and large doors covered in golden knockers.
Inside, go-go dancers and waitresses with equally impressive knockers – and all dressed in ballerina tutus – mill about the plush, two-story Victorian space, as a DJ perched beneath a dazzling chandelier spins everything from sultry house to a hyperbolic rendition of George Michael’s Faith.
Julliard training is doubtful, but the posing ballerinas employ impressive flexibility as they entertain from nooks in the blue-stain walls, while über-VIPs watch from one of ten built-in banquette booths complete with customizable LED screens.
Ever-chic patrons loiter around their $875 magnums of Goose or duck out back to the secluded brick-bordered smoking patio, while local service industry hotshots and beautiful Hollywood barflies fine-tune their acerbic across-the-bar wit as they sample one of the handcrafted specialty cocktails that change nightly.
With its trendy corner locale, discerning gatekeepers, and intimate atmosphere filled with every kind of desirable beauty gods can bestow and money can buy, AV will no doubt fare better than OK as a chic Hollywood hangout.
Trendsetters, fashion hounds, moneyed finance types, celebs, and industry kids with no real work schedule, early 20s to mid-30s.
Varying nightly DJs spin dance-friendly beats.
Beer $8–$10, wine $12+, cocktails $12+, bottle service $400+. Valet $10.
Top club gear: suits without ties, popped collars, LBDs, kitten heels, smoky eyes, service industry business cards at the ready.
Being the start of the “weekend” for the heroes of the Hollywood service industry, Monday nights are often busiest and always the most restricted for entry.
The Sayers Club (1645 Wilcox Avenue) is another ultra-swanky Hollywood club, hidden behind the admittedly less-swanky but very hard to resist – especially at 2am – hot dog purveyor Papaya King.