by Nancy Y. on
Available for special events, this nightclub has a restaurant and 5 bars. The official grand opening was July 26, 2009, and required a password for entrance. Awesome house music scene on Friday nights, great looking people, the place is often at capacity before midnight. When you first walk in, there is the bar area, which is pretty big. The VIP lounge is a few steps up, next to the front door. Medium sized dance floor is a couple of steps down and a tiny look out balcony nearby. It is not really 3 floors, and it's a small dance club. Sound system is pretty good, with the lighting designed from the same people did Tao in Vegas. Located west of Vine, between Wilcox and Schrader. Valet or street parking not that difficult to find.
by Leslie Reichert on
I can be a heartless bastard on occasion...the sole reason being that my heart is the undeniable property of my wife, Maritza. She stole it from me quite some time ago...and I hope she has no plans of returning it...because my heart belongs to her. =) Sappy enough for ya?! Good. This review is dedicated to 5 years of wedded bliss to my best friend, the only person who could tolerate me for nearly a decade and our anniversary dinner at XIV. So, I actually decided to be thoughtful for once and made reservations weeks in advance for this place...I tell the wife to dress up and off WeGo to WeHo. I resist the frugal temptation to park a mile away and walk...and opt for the valet ($10) amidst the sea of high end beamers, benzes n bentleys. We arrived 20mins early to our 8pm reservation on a Friday night...the hostess is friendly and even seats us early....a romantic table next to the fireplace no less. The wife was chilly so bonus points for me. The scene was douschebags galore, some stray cougars and other assorted Hollywood ilk who are all fun to watch. I get the Jezebel Pinot Noir ($11) and the new mom to be opts for a Virgin Mojito ($5). Our waitress is great and happily explains the tasting menu and how we "share" the courses....we agree to the 8 course "light meal" ($59 each). A promising beginning when a meal starts with pork fat/crispy pork bits as was the case with the Sweet corn soup with pork belly, cilantro, apple cider and sea salt. The pork belly bits were delectable. Next was the Asparagus Risotto with squash blossom, chervil and castelmagno cheese...i though this would be a waste considering the obvious absence of meatness....but I was pleasantly surprised....very tasty. The salad was next with Jidori chicken, "cobb", blue cheese, avocado and baby gem lettuce (how cute)...it was all standard except for that thick, juicy, albeit tiny piece of cobb bacon...I could eat that for eternity until my aforementioned heart explodes. Then came a mini savory chunk of short rib that neither of us remembers ordering....but we happily devoured it nonetheless...later on the couple next to us got an apology from the staff for not receiving one of their courses....I have no idea what that was all about. The edible onslaught continues with the highlight of the evening, the Liberty duck breast with seared foie gras, leg confit, pineapple and star anise....a succulent taste of duck with melt in your mouth foie gras....my apologies to daffy and donald...but animal abuse has never tasted so damn delicious...the flavor and texture was incredible. The mini kobe burger with trio of french fries, farmhouse cheddar and "secret sauce" was a nice change of pace and quite yummy I might add. Next, the California lamb chop, loin, merguez sausage skewer is juicy and excellent with some forgettable chickpeas and raita. Last but not least the Prime rib eye is a perfect medium rare with potato trio and roasted beet diane sauce...it pairs perfectly with my last sip of wine. Although by this point I'm stuffed silly....dessert awaits....Brandied bananas with jasmine ice cream, cashew shortbread and english toffee....a remarkable end to a perfect meal. They even brought out an edible white chocolate candle with a cheesecake type filling as an extra Happy Anniversary bonus dessert along with a nice card from the restaurant. As we waddle out to the parking lot and wait for our "chariot" ...this ridiculous rolls royce pulls up and out comes a lady in this outrageous mink fur stole and her date is "dressed to the nines" complete with lavish white flowing scarf, he's got a perfectly bald/shaved head and this sinister super villain smirk....as he walked into the restaurant I didn't know if he was there for dinner or plotting his masterplan to kill Superman. Maritza, happy 5 year wedding anniversary, mi amor....here's to 55 more. =)
by Sun Sperbeck on
The music here is usually always great. The only bad show I saw was only bad because the venue had flooded earlier in the day, so they had to set up the stage near the stairs. The reason I'm so meh about this place is because every time I come here I feel like curling up in the back and taking a nap. The lighting is so dark and depressing. It's like you're at a fucking seance or something. No Wicka for me. No sir. And don't get me wrong, the indie tunes are great, but not the ideal dancing music, which results in a crowd of swaying zombi-esque people. The last time I went I actually scored a table near the stage which was a bonus, seeing that I'm usually standing uncomfortable among the zombies, or slouching on a bar stool in the back, where you can't see the band. I'll still make special trips to come here, because they really do a super job of booking bands, but next time I'll bring my bite-guard and blankie, because this place makes me sooo sleepy.