The serious business of picking a party venue
The Golden Globes continue to rank as one of the industry’s best parties — which brings to mind other fab places to hold a fete during this long awards/holiday season. From the beach to Hollywood, new venues range from flashy to ultra-sophisticated to eco-minded, all promising to serve as exceptional backdrops to entertaining industryites.
Annenberg Community Beach House, Santa Monica
Modern amenities and old Hollywood glamour mash at the Annenberg Community Beach House complex that sits right on Santa Monica’s beach. Off-season (Oct-May), the entire site is available for events from the pool deck to the second story Sand & Sea room (125 guests), with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, as well as thesp Marion Davies’ former guesthouse (capacity 200). Open to events since Oct, 2009, the beach location and expansive views have sparkled for numerous gatherings, such as retailer Louis Vuitton’s Santa Monica Place store launch.
Event services: (310) 458-4934, annenbergbeachhouse.com/events
Dogtown Suite, Hotel Erwin, Venice
Designed for parties up to 100, Hotel Erwin’s Dogtown Suite, named for the famed skateboard spot, has a casual, comfortable beachside look. Add on High, the rooftop lounge that welcomes up to 100, and it becomes an indoor/outdoor event space in a very non-traditional spot. Pre-wired for DJs, the suite has its own turntables and oceanfront views plus circular bed as conversation starter.
Jairo Torres: (310) 452-1111, jdvhotels.com/hotels/losangeles/erwin
Eve on Nemo, West Hollywood
A bungalow turned event space, Eve on Nemo’s topiary-filled garden and patio give it a country manse feel. The open demonstration kitchen and high-ceiled dining room lend themselves to culinary-type events. Utilize an off-site caterer or the in-house chef for seated dinners up to 75 or receptions up to 120. Set back on a quiet West Hollywood residential street, designer touches are found throughout.
Mandy Rassuli: (323) 850-6553, eveonnemo.com
Premiere Supper Club, Hollywood
From Kristofer Keith of Spacecraft, Hollywood’s go-to guy for innovative design, the Premiere Supper Club is just off Hollywood Boulevard next to ultra-hot spot Las Palmas. Design details include wrought-iron balustrades, darkly patterned carpets and banquettes made for dancing. The powerful sound-and-light system features an LED-wired chandelier as centerpiece to the two-story balconied interior. Up to 410 can boogie the night away.
Tommy Alastra: (323) 978-0730, premieresupperclub.com
The Redbury, Hollywood
Steps away from the famed intersection of Hollywood and Vine, the Redbury’s eclectic style is designed to appeal to everyone’s inner Bohemian. Managed by SBE, nightlife impresario Sam Nazarian’s company, the second-floor, teak-floored deck with daybeds and adjacent library, offers a citified event space for 225 in the heart of the scene. Catering is by Cleo, the hotel’s newly opened eatery that serves Mediterranean specialties; it can also be booked for events of 150.
Deirdre McCready: (323) 525-2421 or (323) 962-1717,
Smog Shoppe, Los Angeles
A high-tech urban oasis, the Smog Shoppe is a purpose-built event space from the owners of Marvimon — the alternative choice for parties just north of downtown Los Angeles. On La Cienega’s Gallery Row, the indoor/outdoor Smog Shoppe occupies a reclaimed auto repair shop — hence the name — and is dressed with vintage furnishings and indoor hanging gardens while coming outfitted with a theater-quality digital projector and screen. Event capacity is 350 guests; a commercial kitchen is on-site too. Solar panels and LED lights are among the space’s numerous eco-smart attributes.
Kara Haro: (310) 837-3610, http://www.smogshoppe.com
Supper Club Los Angeles at the Vogue Theater, Hollywood
One of six worldwide, the newly opened Supper Club Los Angeles is a complete remake of the once seedy (and allegedly haunted) Vogue Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. At more than 13,500 square feet, the Supper Club holds up to 800 guests; decor is vivid and textured with a black, red and white color scheme. An elevated stage, DJ booths and two full service bars plus digital projection and complex lighting-and-sound systems are part of the sophisticated set-up that features in-house theatrics and dance perfs.
Melissa Goodman: (323) 466-1900, supperclub.com