Best Nightlife Do-Overs: London Calling (2008)

Foxtail

Lobby was nice and the Lounge was pretty swank, but club impresarios SBE (Nazarian, Bolthouse, et al.) definitely took the look and feel of the space next to the Troubadour to haute new heights when they turned it into Foxtail. It's retro without the kitsch, swank without being stodgy, and glam but not grossly so. Low ceilings, metallic detailing, groovy Art Nouveau–patterned glass and supple seating make this '70s London–inspired spot swingin' and sophisticated at the same time. Add to that the sumptuous menu, Biba-designed staff garb and the upstairs dance club that's great for burning through the copious (and creative) cocktail menu, and Foxtail leaves other upscale spots of this kind (including its former incarnations) in the dust.

—Lina Lecaro