Disco Dining Club is the kind of all-you-can-eat, open-bar, pop-up dinner that doesn't just encourage debauchery — its very existence relies on it.
Since launching earlier this year, Disco Dining Club has cornered the market for decadence. The attendees are extravagantly costumed, the oysters are unlimited, the music is vinyl, and the drinking and dancing are mandatory. The premise, in the words of its own tagline, is to “consume everything.”
“People have horrible connotations when it comes to the disco genre, but I think it's more of a mindset than a genre,” says Disco Dining Club cofounder Courtney Nichols, who has a history of planning non-food-centric artistic experiences in L.A.. “I just love the glamour of it all and the suspension of reality. It's about taking the small details and making them grandiose.”
Each Disco Dining Club has different food and drink offerings like small bites from famous chefs and Lagunitas beer, and all of them offer an unlimited oyster bar, where you can slurp all you want without stressing about the rising cost of Kumamotos. Last month Nichols teamed up with chef Bernhard Mairinger from BierBeisl, hired a burlesque dancer and enlisted a live brass section.
Tickets just went on sale for the secret-location dinner on May 8, where the theme is Italo Disco. Chef Chris Hora (formerly of Engine Co. #28) will be crafting a selection of goopy East Coast-style Italian dishes; drag queen Ambrosia Salad will be co-hosting the event, playing the role of overbearing Italian mother; and two DJs (Koosh from Vancouver and Dirty Dave from L.A.) will be spinning cosmic disco all night long.
“There's a certain delusion aspect when it comes to disco,” Nichols says. “Decadence on a budget — that's delusion at its finest.”
Disco Dining Club, Friday May 8, 10 p.m.-2 a.m; $85 (prices go up to $120 the week before the event); location announced after purchase.