by Kara D. on
Apple has been hyped to be the newest hottest place for Hollywood Elite. Its "exclusivity" and supposed "Manhattan lounge" feel wasn't as I was hoping for. First of all- there are two separate clubs/lounges within Apple. There is Eve, and then there is Apple (I've been told that Eve is the VIP area for Apple) Eve is black, and Apple is red. The bouncer at the velvet rope for Eve was very rude to other people (even a group of decently dressed girls) that were trying to get in that didn't know anyone on the inside, but I was lucky enough to go with a group who had bottle service set up ahead of time. Getting in if you are on the list is an okay experience, if you don't mind leaving "the others" outside in the cold. Once you walk in you are bombarded by the standard club music that I refer to as "hip-hop-pool-party". The room is dark and musty with the smell of smoke. Black leather couches with tables line the perimeter of the room for bottle service. Bottle service consisted of the usual high end vodka, and mixers of orange and cranberry juice. Waitresses donning tight black shirts with a picture of an apple with the saying "bite me" serviced the tables. Inside, you can find pretty much every type of Hollywood club/lounge goer. Women with too much makeup, and too little clothes on coupled with men wearing studded jeans and Ed Hardy shirts. Or women in classy cocktail dresses with their hair done just so coupled with men in designer jeans, and suit jackets. You get a little bit of everything at Apple... Although I do think there was more of the perfume and studded jeans variety... On the crowded back patio, everyone smokes (which I personally find appalling) and tries to talk to their fellow lounge goers over the music that can be heard from inside. Apple's patio is packed with Tinseltown hipsters of every variety. A long, beige bench style sofa lines the patio with couples trying to talk over all the usual club noise. I knew I was going home with my hair smelling like cigarettes. After spending some time on the patio taking in the scene, I left the patio to go back into lounge. I was stopped in my tracks for a procession of waitresses holding big sparklers in either hand over everyone's heads up to a table- which happens anytime bottle service is ordered. I didn't end up making it to the basement dance area with the red disco ball in the shape of an apple. I was told by my fellow Apple goers that it wasn't worth my time. Overall? "Celebrity Playhouse" as it was coined by the LA Times... probably not. The bottle service waitresses were slow to refill mixers and to restock glasses and ice. The place was small and crowded- and not in a good way. I do think though, that all Tinseltown nightlife is subjective, and that you should always experience it for yourself if given the opportunity. Thank you for an interesting night, Apple and Eve but I don't think I'll be back any time soon. Tips: -Come early- which means before 11:00 -Dress exceptionally well if you're hoping to get in by the bouncer's good graces -Bring your money- cocktails here aren't cheap. -Go in with your friends to get bottle service- its worth it to have a place to call home base, and to sit and relax. -Guys: Don't come alone or with other guys. Girls are a necessity for your entrance. They prefer a 3:1 girl/guy ratio. Its just the way it is.
by Tam Zellmann on
I ONLY PUT ONE STAR BECAUSE Rateclub WON'T LET ME POST A ZERO RATING, WHICH IS WHAT THIS DESERVES! This place sucks and I have some great tolerance. We wanted a fun 80's themed NYE. We saw the following parsed announcement and decided to go for it at $20 per ticket: "Champagne Toast at midnight-Balloon Drop-party favors Favorite song of all time countdown in Front Prize package angels Dress to impress Friday December 31 New Years Eve 2005" Apparently, the club has a 1984 party every Thursday, but was supposed to be doing this great huge version for NYE. We had some great 80's clothes and were pretty amped for it. We got there and I ordered my first drink in the back room. Let me just say this once - the back room bartender, a gal with long dark hair, is a total asswipe. I ordered top shelf and was given a lesser gin and tonic. I went back and told her, she argued with me, and I argued back. Instead of apologizing and offering to make another, she grabbed the drinks out of my hands and threw a refund on the bar. I told her that she didn't have to be such a b*tch about it, and she continued to argue that I was the one being a b*tch. Hm. Very mature and professional. I guess I would hate life too, if I were her. The back room smelled like cat piss, so at least they got the name right. We stayed in the other rooms and listened to the same 80's music that I'm sure they always play. It was my first time there, but man - it was tired. Thankfully, we were with friends and made our own fun. Now about the announcement and promises of getting our money's worth: I am still waiting for my champagne toast and prizes. I didn't see any angels. And freebies? Do they mean the cardboard and glitter tiara and horn? The Madonna promo button they got for free? This place sucks. Be wise and avoid it altogether - there are plenty of other 80's nights to attend where the bartenders aren't rabid and it's worth the money.