Best Live-Music Hollywood Speakeasy - 2012
The Sayers Club
The Sayers Club — a relaxed yet elegant hangout essentially hidden behind the Papaya King hot dog stand on Wilcox — attracts a shockingly un-douchey crowd. Credit has to go to the club's conceptual creator and music curator, Jason Scoppa, who helped turn Bardot above the Avalon into a first-rate spot. But Sayers has a spontaneity and star power that already outshines his previous efforts. Though most nights talented unknowns perform cover hits, surprise big names often take the stage, too, like Gotye, Nelly Furtado, Sheila E, Questlove and American Idol winner Kris Allen. Even folks like Jeremy Piven and Joseph Gordon-Levitt will join in the party, usually unannounced. Ultimately, Sayers is fueled by a love of music, which is why the Sayers Club stays as hot as the dogs that hide its digs. 1645 Wilcox Ave., Hlywd. (323) 871-8233, SBE.com/thesayersclub.