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Sizzling Summer Openings
Jasmin Rosemberg | Photo: Courtesy of HYDE | June 5, 2014
From a hip, homey haunt to a private club within an iconic Hollywood Hills mansion, these inspiring new concepts are heating up L.A. nightlife.
One of L.A.’s legendary nightspots, HYDE, is back, opening this summer in the former XIV space. Marking a major collaboration between sbe Nightlife (Greystone Manor, Emerson Theatre) and sbe Restaurants (The Bazaar by José Andrés, Cleo and Katsuya), HYDE Sunset: Kitchen + Cocktails boasts food by Top Chef alum Chris Crary, and joins HYDE outposts at STAPLES Center and in Las Vegas and Miami. “Sbe prides itself on raising the bar each time we unveil a new brand or update an existing one,” says Senior Vice President of sbe Nightlife Group Costas Charalambous. “The new venue will impart a food, beverage and nightlife experience unlike any other, and we’re so excited about unveiling the concept to past, present and future fans of HYDE.” 8117 Sunset Blvd., L.A.
“A space for Angelenos to enjoy inspiring views, stunning food and ‘may I have another’ cocktails” is how Director of Food & Beverage Christopher Roache describes the Rooftop at The London West Hollywood, a dapper new nightlife destination on the hotel’s 10th-floor. Opening June 2, the stylish lounge and restaurant will honor the U.K. with British cocktails and cuisine by chef Anthony Keene (think fish and chips, and Scottish salmon). 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., L.A., 310.854.1111
The h.wood group’s new loungey Italian eatery, The NICE GUY, launching this month, is intended to feel “like you’re in an upscale local family hangout,” says founder John Terzian, also behind hot spots Bootsy Bellows, Hooray Henry’s and SHOREbar. The 60-person restaurant serving flatbreads, pastas and more until 2AM also features a chef’s table and live music. Predicts Terzian, “You’ll think of going there for every occasion.” 401 N. La Cienega, L.A., 310.859.1011
“We want to immerse our guests in that kind of fun where you have no cares in the world,” says Boulevard Nightlife Group’s Freddy Braidy, who’s partnered with Project London founders Mounir Badaan and Jordan Rocca to debut Project Los Angeles. Coming June 10 to the former Roxbury space, the British-style club will feature the brand’s staple neon cross and wild surprises. Two percent of each bill is donated to charity. 6356 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.466.1900
Reviving the former Crown Bar, Harlowe, the first restaurant from the 1933 Group (behind bars like Sassafras and La Cuevita), embodies glamour. “[It’s] inspired by an oil painting of a 1930s socialite,” says partner Bobby Green. Look for cuisine by consulting chef Eric Greenspan and drinks by Dushan Zaric of NYC’s Employees Only. “To us, Harlowe is this woman, and she represents both modern Hollywood and the Hollywood of the ‘30s.” 7321 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 323.876.5839
“I’ve been going to nightclubs all my life, and I wanted to create my own in the style of my residence,” says fashion fan and entrepreneur James Goldstein of the private nightclub and rentable event space he recently unveiled inside his famous Hollywood Hills estate, built in the 1960s by architect John Lautner. The modern Club James offers stunning views and a sound system to rival top clubs. One thing’s for sure: He’s “expecting something special.” Private residence, 310.785.9500