Lexington Social House Set To Open in Los AngelesApril 14, 2011 By: Sean Evans
Tucked into the famous corner of Hollywood and Vine, Lexington Social House is ready to show Los Angeles a fresh take on nightlife.
“We’re not going to be anything like the place that was here before,” owner Jeremy Chin says with a laugh.
That’s because the previous occupant was an after-hours spot that catered to the “enlightened” revelers who were streaming out of neighboring dance club Avalon at 4 a.m. This time around, there won’t be any dilated pupils being blinded by the strobes.
It’s not just the clientele that’s changing. The very layout is fundamentally different. Following a lengthy build out, Chin’s 10,000-square-foot space bears no physical resemblance to earlier incarnations.
“It cost a bit more than expected, but the finished results are incredible,” Chin shares, pointing out where walls have been completely removed and others have been stripped back to highlight the exposed brick underneath. The impressive and sizeable white bar in the middle of the room was an addition. As was the restaurant.
Tapping top kitchen talent from renowned Spago Beverly Hills, the cuisine component of the room occurs in a recessed dining room that occupies about half of the establishment. Upscale fare will be served most nights of the week, but after the kitchen closes, a quick draw of a curtain means the club is open for business. In fact, late-night revelers likely will have no idea the dining room exists.
“We wanted to be able to partition the room well, for private events and for our night parties,” Chin explains.
It’s an effect that works. Guests at a recent Svedka Vodka party, held before the venue officially opens in mid-April, kept to the main dance-floor area, bar and back patio.
“I liked this space best because it has an alley where we can queue people who are waiting to come in — which’ll cut down on noise complaints — and we can bring them in through our patio and slowly ease them into the music and the scene. There’s nothing worse than coming into a place and the music just hitting you right in the face immediately,” Chin says.
About 2,000 square feet, the patio has cabanas, tables and a separate bar and likely will double as a smoker’s paradise during warm weather.
The main nightlife portion of the venue — only open Thursday and Saturday nights and driven by promoters, Chin says — is an intimate room with a high ceiling, so guests won’t feel cramped. Approximately 15 tables and banquettes are arranged in a circular layout surrounding a dance floor, while a raised DJ booth overlooking the scene. Among the quirkier — yet cool — design flourishes are the spray-painted stick figures that adorn some of the walls of the space. The room has a relaxed vibe and feel — elegance without bombarding the guests' visual senses.
“We want the space to be subtle,” Chin concludes. “But luxurious nonetheless.”