Dancing, sans disco balls, at Crown Bar

January 30, 2011

WEST HOLLYWOOD, USA – On the LA nightlife scene, it can be hard to find a good place to get your dance on.  At some of the scene-iest joints, most are too cool to break a sweat or bust a move.

If you want to find great dancing tunes and a friendly dance floor vibe without sacrificing scene, head to Crown Bar.  It’s got all the makings of a swank Tinseltown venue plus danceable DJs to boot.  The interiors crib from a vintage 1940′s film set.  Fleur-de-lis fabric wallpaper, amber-lit sconces, and gilded mirrors line the walls, while the sleek mahogany bar shines under glitzy period chandeliers (think a Swingers-type ambiance).  The beautiful crowd studded with celebs drapes itself over soft maroon leather banquettes.

Wednesday nights especially, the crowd can be so thick with industry insiders that you might as well be on Dancing with the Stars.  Nightly DJs get started around 10:00pm, and they specialize in “eclectic indie,” which typically translates to a fun dose of crowd-pleasing old (and new) school tunes that really make you want to move. Best of all, there aren’t any smoke machines or disco balls to spoil all the ’40′s swishness.

Even if you’re not down to boogie, Crown Bar is still a great stop for casual schmoozing and cocktailing. Though the bar staff needs to take their attitude down a notch, they do mix mean cocktails that put an updated flair on the classics, like the Top Cat Manhattan (shaken with cherry juice) or the Red Berry Gimlet (muddled with strawberries and lime).

While a neighborhood vibe prevails, the star presence raises the fashion bar.  The servers themselves zip around in Alexander McQueen-designed uniforms, so do your best to flash some labels.  With a tough door, you’ll either need to make a reservation or dress to impress (unless you’re important enough to enter through the secret, paparazzi-dodging VIP entrance).  An effortlessly cool, of-the-moment get-up should get you through the door.

But whatever you wear, just remember to come in shoes comfortable enough to dance in.  You may think you’re above a little hip quaking, but I guarantee you that the tunes are infectious.  Plus, you very well may encounter Tom Cruise (he’s been known to pop in), so be ready for some moves á la Risky Business!

Crown Bar
7321 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA
(1) 323-882-6774

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