Party Earth Review Although the Staples Center is best known for hosting mega concerts and Lakers basketball games, hidden away inside this multi-purpose arena is an exclusive hotspot called Hyde Lounge. Scenesters, celebrities, and industry... ... read full review
(Southwest VIP entrance)
1111 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Blue Line: Pico
Doors typically open thirty minutes before scheduled events at the Staples Center
Downtown, Los Angeles –
Scenesters, celebrities, and industry bigwigs head up via a special elevator, eventually entering a room that looks more like a ritzy nightclub than a place to catch the game.
Regular patrons of Hyde’s sister location in West Hollywood are used to the luxury, while first-time visitors pause to gawk at the rosewood walls, the crocodile-skin bar tops, and the tufted leather chairs arranged around glass tables and floating flat-screens.
The TVs are all tuned to the action on the court below, while rows of cushioned stadium seats and bottle service-only couches attract those in the mood for a more traditional viewing experience.
Perfectly coifed dudes in their Christian Audigier best sling back craft beers at the bar, or snack on gourmet salads and sandwiches worlds apart from traditional stadium grub.
Curtains separate the main area from the VIP room, where models and stars relax on a massive couch dotted with fur pillows, glued to the enormous TV that looms over the crackling fireplace.
Before and after an event at the arena, DJs back in the main room usually help turn the venue into a hopping little club, but no matter what visitors come to see at the Staples Center, the hottest scene will always be at Hyde Lounge.
Several flat-screens show the action on the court/rink/stage below. DJs spin mostly hip-hop and Top 40 before and after most events.
Upscale American cuisine including sandwiches, salads, and buffalo wings.
Cover charge $0–$25+, varies per event/guest list required. Appetizers $8–$15, entrées $18–$45. Beer $8, wine $12, champagne $12, cocktails $15–$18, bottle service $375–$10,000.
Dress to impress: designer jeans, collared shirts, lots of Audigier, slacks, sexy minis, heels. Typical sports attire won’t fly at the Hyde unless it’s being worn by Jack Nicholson.
During Lakers games or big concerts to party with an A-list crowd, or during lesser-known events for easier access to the glitz.
The surrounding LA Live entertainment complex is home to a vast range of sports bars, casual restaurants, upscale dining establishments, theaters, bars, clubs, and live music venues.