by Marica Mimes on
One of the best venues in Hollywood without the hassle of power tripped bouncers. Parking is only $10 around the corner. Cover is $20 bucks for guys and girls but u get unlimited tacos and strawberries (tip if u want) so u almost get part of ur money back. Pros: -Nice upscale venue (indoor and outdoor) -Lines move fast -Free tacos and chocolate strawberries -GOGO's are hot -Very spacious throughout the club Cons: -older crowd on certain days -music was not good at all Conclusion: I would give this place 5 stars if they had a younger crowd and better music. I went on 2 different occasions and i had a blast because i came with fun friends who made the whole place a party and im sure all those girls had a great time with us also. other than that this place is a diamond in the rough that a lot of people do not know about because its not on hollywood blvd.
by Concha Mccure on
M, K and I stumbled upon Ecco Ultra Lounge one random evening after spending a couple of hours getting thoroughly smashed at Beauty Bar. We walked past and M was attracted by the lights... or was it the girls that walked in before us? I dunno... one or the other. Anyway, we walked up and he asked if we could take a look at the inside. The guy at the door took a look at us and said, "the blonde girl gets in free, you two asian boys, $20 each"... to which I replied, "No thanks, you have a good evening." Now, I don't know what got into the door guy, but as we walked away, he called me back and said, "Bro, sorry about that, you guys get in free." Sounds like a plan. On the way in, another promoter at the door stepped up and said, "At least one of you guys has to pay $20 to get in." Ugh. "No thanks." The two conferred, and the other guy apologized as we were ushered in for free. We all looked at each other and wondered why. Why us? Why now? Why let us in and make others pay $20 a head? Then again, you don't question awesome. You just accept it. We headed inside. So the big deal about this place is that it's supposed to be eco-friendly everything. I'm good with that. Upon entry you'll notice that it's a very dimly lit and dark place. It's on the cool side of the color wheel, so picture dark blues with open spaces, and the tables line the walls, with a bar on the right side and a really neat open space for dancing. There's a light display that's really outstanding and everything about the place reeked high-bar. The music was very much to my liking, electro house that's a tad bit on the harder side, with a splash of trance. Without a doubt, the sound system was one of the highlights. Hard bass with a deliciously deep reverberation and clear highs on the other end of the spectrum. The volume was nice and loud, and the DJ did an excellent job of spinning some dirty electro. The crowd seemed to be equally high-bar. Despite the music, there weren't a lot of house heads to be seen. The clientele was nice and mixed, dressed to impress, and I could tell by how they danced that they were not your typical housers, but were very appreciative of the music. We danced for a good hour plus, and the vibe was very friendly and positive. We walked to the patio for some fresh air and to check out some of the people smoking. The smoking area is nicely decorated, modern and minimal, with ashtrays in all the right locations. Being outside in the back felt more like the outside of a club or house in SF with the high buildings surrounding us. One thing I could not report on is the bar, since we were already nice and sauced walking in. Eco-friendly or not, if a club doesn't work, it simply doesn't work. Thankfully, everything about this place was firing on all cylinders, and in fact, the only reason I knew it was an eco-friendly place was because people kept mentioning it to me. Otherwise, it's just a really sick club with really good electro house. It was a good couple of hours spent here, and I made sure to thank our hosts at the door for an amazing evening on the house. They've definitely won us over, and I will be heading back here. Hell, I might even get a table next time.
by Seong P. on
The world stands out on either side No wider than the heart is wide; Above the world is stretched the sky, -- No higher than the soul is high. The heart can push the sea and land Farther away on either hand; The soul can split the sky in two, And let the face of God shine through. But East and West will pinch the heart That can not keep them pushed apart; And he whose soul is flat -- the sky Will cave in on him by and by. - Renascence, Edna St. Vincent Millay There is hangul on the sign at Koko, if I remember correctly, but there was nothing Korean about this place. Well, except me and I can only go so far. The bartenders were friendly and quick, the drinks inexpensive and varying in strength, reggae beats and a Kurosawa flick projected on the wall. It was strange but in a good way. The Japanese movie was so appropriate, some people thought it was planned. That stanza of "Renascence" has been resonating with me lately and it makes me think of someone flying off to chase the dreams that will soothe and expand his heart and soul (that sounds a little better, doesn't it?). I wish I were eloquent enough to start rhyming but my attempts could get ridiculous. Instead, I'll borrow from a favorite movie: Have fun storming the castle!