The reason everything is free is because they don't have a liquor license, or a food/beverage permit. But they can give it away, so that's the loophole. It's on the roof of the "Portapet" factory, who makes the grass box things - my understanding is that the Skybark people ARE the PortaPet people, so it's no wonder. I assume the events are really sporadic and irregular for those reasons. I think anyone who has a beef with a place that serves free booze, free food, a great view, live bands, AND they let you bring your dog - y'all need to go out more often and remind yourself that an equally appointed evening out anywhere else would put you back $100-150 easy. And you'd have to leave your dog at home.
Best Doggy Nightclub - 2008
Sky Bark - CLOSED
After traveling the world as a professional snowboarder, Brandon Hochman was frustrated. There weren't enough places he could go with Mish Mash, his beloved Malti-poo. So when Hochman returned to L.A., he created Sky Bark, a bar/lounge downtown specifically designed for dog owners who want to enjoy the city's nightlife without leaving their furry friends at home. The club has an extremely irregular schedule — events are usually themed and word gets out through Sky Bark's Web site — but the dog parties are a spectacle. Guests enjoy 360-degree views of the city from Sky Bark's rooftop bar, dancing the night away on two dance floors with other dog lovers. There's usually live music, with DJs, catered snacks and a 3,000-square-foot doggy play area. Canine attendees are treated to Sky Bark's specialty drink, the "Muttini," a combination of chicken broth and vitamin water served in a martini glass. Fresh grass is installed for each event, allowing dogs to do their business without having to leave the lounge. Earlier this year, Sky Bark worked with MTV2's Rob and Big to host an event for Meaty the bulldog's 14th "barkday," which featured an ice sculpture of Meaty himself. Other events have included doggy fashion shows, sample sales and a "Woofer" Ball, with proceeds from silent auctions donated to local animal-rescue centers. Fido has had a long day. So buy him a stiff Muttini and ask him for a dance.—Gina Pollack
I just recently attended the Marley & Me lease party and my friends and I had a blast. I was very surprised that everything was complimentary including a fully stocked bar and a live band. This is not the first Sky Bark party I attended that was complimentary.
I will definitely attend more Sky Bark parties and tell all my friends and family about it. I think this is such a great idea that the people at Sky Bark came up with and it looks like they put a lot of work into making sure all the pets and their owners are having a great time.
I am not a supporter of Skybark Lounge because in his first Halloween Contest for dogs, my dog won the big prize. It was $500.00 worth of prizes. He gave me a case of treats and a pettapotty. He promised a custom sofa, which he was having designed and a doggy purse. He never came through on the prizes and when I contacted him he refused to answer my calls and my emails. I was very disappointed with his behavior and wonder if the money for "charity" really goes to the various charities. So don't go to the Skybark.