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6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, (323) 467-7776
Forbidden City: Steve Edelson is like a magician, pointing his magic wand at Hollywood’s has-been haunts and giving them new life. He did it with Zen, Lush, the Larchmont, the aforementioned El Cid, and now this old Chinese locale across from the Avalon. The big draw? This totally remodeled restaurant/nightclub has so many nooks and crannies (including a roofless upper level and gorgeous outdoor patio) that you could have five different parties going here at the same time.
1718 Vine St., Hollywood, (323) 461-2300
Avalon: Formerly the Palace, this newly renovated space has DJ dance nights three nights a week (such as the return of electro biggie Club Giant), making it a guaranteed scene. We’re still not sure if we love or hate the psychedelic new carpeting, but we do think the oh-so-exclusive Moroccan-themed Spider Club upstairs is the epitome of fabulous. But don’t even try to get in unless you have a membership card.
1735 N. Vine St., Hollywood, (323) 467-4571
CineSpace: Full disclosure: We know the chef here intimately. Still, this one deserves props for doing something that someone should have thought of a long time ago, especially in L.A. — offering dinner and a movie. Catch a classic flick (free) and feast on light California fare, then get ready to boogie it off as DJs come in and rock the house most evenings. Birthday babes get a free ultradecadent dessert with din din.
6356 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, (323) 817-3456
1160 Bar: The Ramada Inn on Vermont almost looks like the Standard now with its blue-lit windows and futuristic exterior, but even though the owners tried to make it all classy inside, the motel’s bar, on its lower level, still retains a wonderfully cheesy vibe. Different promoters come in with live rock, DJs and dancing or loungy jazz in the bar’s adjoining room, which provides a blank canvas with plenty of space for a social assembly of any kind.
1160 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 660-1788
The Little Cave: From the folks behind the Bigfoot Lodge, this new watering hole offers a place for Eastside hipsters to get their drink on among bat-cavernous surroundings and good tunes. Like Mr. T’s (just down the street), it’s worth the occasional drive for something different, but ultimately it’ll be more of a happening for those who live in or near the hood.
5922 N. Figueroa St., Highland Park, (323) 255-6871
Concorde: It’s another too-cool-for-a-sign venue in a former strip club. J. Lo had Ben’s b-day bash here, and Nick had Jessica’s, and you too can, as 50 Cent says so eloquently, “party like it’s yo burfday” at this spanking-new hot spot from the people who revamped Las Palmas and Bar Delux. Tables can be reserved for a nominal fee and/or bottle guarantee. Bolthouse Productions’ hump-night promotion (Wednesday) is where the booty-ful people flock — for now.
1835 Cahuenga Blvd., (323) 464-5662