Soho House West Hollywood
This expansive lair with a private screening room and a clandestine performance space has become something of a Hollywood playpen – a convergence of stars, powerbrokers, and the creative jet set on leave of their daily responsibilities. The high-end gin joint is both an exclusive club and a homey penthouse apartment where its clientele kicks back. A scion to the legacy born with the Soho House London, established in 1995, the brand has been considered hit and miss in other outposts, but here is the real deal. The West Hollywood location is now one of nine locations worldwide and is arguably the most inviting location yet. Curious travellers beware that you cannot enter without a membership and at least a hint of status, so find a member and latch onto his or her arm for the evening (or go the difficult route and wrestle an invitation into the club). Once inside, you can belly up to the 30-foot-long club bar, or sink into a large English Countryside-themed sitting room appointed with the world’s most comfortable sofas – yes, they will eat you alive. Open fireplaces grace the interior, while a heavenly outdoor terrace laced with native California olive trees shelters a lively dining crowd taking in 180-degree views of the city. The art collection here rivals many small museums if you can tear your eyes away from the spectacular view. The kitchen is still struggling to find a niche, although the ribs have a good reputation (but let’s be serious, you aren’t coming to the Soho House for ribs). Sip on the seductive Honeysuckle Cocktail on the patio and reach a new kind of Hollywood nirvana.So show up in style but play it cool when you see celebrities, as you most certainly will – the Soho House mission is to provide a place of discretion and comfort where members can feel at home.