The 20 Best Event Venues for Your Next LA Celebration

Celebration is in the air as the holiday season unites colleagues, friends and family alike to enjoy all that Los Angeles has to offer. With a diversity of neighborhoods and atmospheres to experience, choosing the right space to hold your next event can be an overwhelming task. These hot options will make your social gathering a hit no matter the occasion.

 


Estrella

The best kept secret in LA is this eclectic space on Sunset Strip. Indoor and patio dining sit at the forefront, but with an attached 55-seat theater and speakeasy lounge, it’ll be far from your run-of-the-mill dinner party. Whether you’re premiering a film or seeking a private, artsy hideaway, Estrella’s selection of event spaces allow for some well-rounded merrymaking.

 

Photo: Estrella

Photo: Estrella

Catch

Following in the footsteps of its New York predecessor, Catch LA is fit to be the hottest rooftop in West Hollywood. Unparalleled views of the city will give your guests a feast for the eyes as they take in the rustic charm of this new dining destination.

 

Photo: Catch

Photo: Catch

Malibu Rocky Oaks

Surround yourself with scenic views of California greenery at this lush vineyard in Malibu. The stone-built estate sits atop volcanic soil, creating a one-of-a-kind environment for flavorful wines. With an atmosphere fit for royalty, your guests won’t want to miss the opportunity to enjoy the 37-acres of beautiful landscapes.

 

Photo: Malibu Rocky Oaks

Photo: Malibu Rocky Oaks

The Redbury Hotel

Centered in the hub of Hollywood, this luxury hotel embraces a vibrant style with a trendy restaurant and bar to match. Cleo will leave your guests’ tastebuds wanting more with their decadent Middle Eastern cuisine, while The Library boasts a terrace perfect for dancing the night away or lounging beneath the twinkling lights.

 

Photo: The Library

Photo: Cleo

Doheny Room

This stylish, hot spot features a two-level bar and lounge perfect for holding receptions of any kind. With two full-service bars and a DJ booth ready for action, the party will last all night in this elegant, West Hollywood space.

 

Photo: Doheny Room

Photo: Doheny Room

E.P. & L.P.

The Hollywood Hills will be the backdrop to your party if you treat your guests to a celebration at this rooftop space. The EP dining level and LP terrace, complete with a private nook for smaller events, feature an Asian fusion menu with modern décor to match their creative cocktails.

 

Photo: E.P. & L.P.

Photo: E.P. & L.P.

The Mondrian Hotel

This classic Sunset Boulevard hotel has a multitude of spaces to host a lively gathering. Skybar features one of the most breathtaking pool views in Los Angeles, while Ivory on Sunset will bring mid-century sophistication to any affair.

 

Photo: Skybar

Photo: Ivory on Sunset

The Nice Guy

Known for its exclusivity and photo-free atmosphere, this upscale lounge is the perfect place for a cozy West Hollywood get-together. Clink glasses with an intimate group and spend the night taking in the stylish dining and 60s-inspired design.

 

Photo: The Nice Guy

Photo: The Nice Guy

Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails

A charming eatery by day and elegant party destination by night, Hyde Sunset caters to your event needs with a spacious, open-air design surrounded by the bustle of Hollywood. With the ability to accommodate close to 400 guests, the California cuisine and fresh, craft cocktails are perfect for day or nighttime revelry.

 

Photo: Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails

Photo: Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails

Republique

Any occasion will be memorable at this modern French dining location, complete with a wine room and bakery. With a variety of rooms and seating styles, you’re guaranteed a unique experience whether it’s for a small, private dinner or a vivacious reception.

 

Photo: Republique

Photo: Republique

Toca Madera

This trendy, West Hollywood restaurant features creative Mexican dishes that accompany a lively, club-like ambiance. In their front room, the marble bar and matching DJ booth keep the party going all night, while a skylight brings in a natural element to dining in their garden room.

 

Photo: Toca Madera

Photo: Toca Madera

Mama Shelter

Bring your most playful guests to Mama Shelter, as their stylish pool tables and tabletop chess add to the artsy, vintage feel of the restaurant. If you prefer your event with a breeze, the Rooftop will have your guests enjoying LA’s signature sunshine amidst the vibrant daybeds and décor.

 

Photo: Mama Shelter

Photo: Mama Shelter

Warwick

If your group is ready for a night out on the town, Warwick will undoubtedly impress with their rotating theme of seductive furnishings. Be prepared to dance the night away with an energetic crowd and DJ, or sip drinks from above at the cozy second-level lounge.

 

Photo: Warwick

Photo: Warwick

The London West Hollywood

Your next poolside event will make a lasting impression at The London’s relaxing rooftop pool. Airy cabanas overlooking the sparkling water will give your event a touch of serenity. The London’s new rooftop dining option, Boxwood, is also memorable with its enclosed glass patio and fire pits.

 

Photo: The London West Hollywood

Photo: The London West Hollywood

Eveleigh

Just around the corner from Sunset Plaza, Eveleigh stands out with its rustic decor and garden-like seating environment. The open-air style of the restaurant’s design brings in a bit of nature, creating an atmosphere where your guests can enjoy a breezy LA gathering.

 

Photo: Eveleigh

Photo: Eveleigh

71Above

New to the restaurant scene, 71Above is located on the top floor of Downtown’s OUE Skyspace LA building. With an unforgettable 360-degree panoramic view of the skyline, guests can enjoy a private dining experience in the tallest building on the West Coast. The artistic, contemporary furnishings create the perfect ambiance to drink and dine among the clouds.

 

Photo: 71Above

Photo: 71Above

Nobu Malibu

With a reputation for their decadent dining and shoreline views, Nobu Malibu can act as the stunning backdrop to your social gathering. The private dining rooms give your group an intimate place to enjoy yourselves with Malibu’s breezes accompanying the space.

 

Photo: Nobu Malibu

Photo: Nobu Malibu

The Penthouse at The Huntley Hotel

Rise to the 18th floor of The Huntley Hotel to enjoy contemporary design and a view of Santa Monica’s ocean landscape at The Penthouse. Any reception will feel elegant with white curtains flowing throughout the restaurant, complementing the enticing California cuisine.

 

Photo: The Penthouse

Photo: The Penthouse

Perch

This French, rooftop bistro provides the perfect place for your guests to absorb the heart of Downtown LA with their intimate indoor and outdoor seating. The antique furnishings and décor bring an element of classic sophistication great for both formal and informal celebrations.

 

Photo: Perch

Photo: Perch

Ysabel

Indulge in festivities at this mid-century modern restaurant located in the heart of West Hollywood. With a contemporary American menu, paired with mixology-inspired craft cocktails, you can choose from one of their many patios to toast with friends and family surrounded by trees decorated in twinkling lights.

 

Photo: Ysabel

Photo: Ysabel

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The Secret Life of Modern Speakeasies

One of the hottest nightlife trends in recent years is the resurrection of the secretive speakeasy bar. Made popular during the 1920s prohibition era, hidden craft cocktail lounges are making a comeback all around the U.S. From New York to LA, these intriguing establishments channel the aesthetic of America’s historical 13-year dry spell with contemporary (and legal) takes on the drinking atmosphere. The lack of advertisement and a sign out front means you may need to be ‘in the know’ to know these destinations even exist. So what exactly is going on behind the doors of these modern, covert hot spots?

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Los Angeles

If you’ve spent time out on the town in Los Angeles, you may have heard buzz about at least one bar under the Houston Hospitality umbrella. Each of their eight speakeasy locations boast a whimsical theme allowing patrons to step into another place and time. A visit to Good Times at Davey Wayne’s will take you back to the golden era of the 1970s in a vintage house-party like environment. La Descarga acts as an homage to Havana, Cuba, with impressive performances matching the detailed cultural décor, and an even more secretive cigar room. If the 80s is your preferred era, you can stop by the group’s most recent venture, Break Room 86. With a wall of retro TV sets, fully-functioning arcade games, and karaoke rooms hidden beyond secret doors, the speakeasy concept is brought into the 21st century with a touch of nostalgia. Each location is preceded by a mysterious and theatrical entrance that’s sure to make a lasting impression on your night out.

 

Photo: Houston Hospitality

Chicago

The Windy City is fully stocked with exclusive underground hot spots for you to duck into during your visit. The recently opened Walk In lounge boasts a unique cooler door entrance where a live DJ keeps the vibe flowing on weekend nights. Keep an eye out for Three Dots and a Dash, where you can find an upbeat Tiki bar at the end of an alley. With strong tropical drinks and servers adorned in Hawaiian dresses, you’ll completely forget you’re in the middle of Chicago’s River North neighborhood. For a truly exclusive experience you can head to Room 13, a members-only speakeasy located beneath The Old Chicago Inn. Complete with an ever-changing password and strict dress code, a membership grants you live jazz music to go along with the 1920s-style craft cocktails.

 

Photo: Three Dots and a Dash

Phoenix

If your autumn travels lead you to Phoenix, you’ll have a number of hidden watering holes to choose from—if you can find them. To get to Honor Amongst Thieves you’ll have to head up a back staircase where a door with a peephole awaits. Knowledgeable bartenders help you choose your evening spirit with guests enjoying the seductive velvet seating. Just outside of Phoenix, you can visit Kazimierz World Wine Bar in downtown Scottsdale. To get a taste of one of the over 1,800 selections from their wine list, your only clue to the entrance is to look out for a sign with the prophetic message, “The Truth Is Inside.”  For a bit of exclusivity, you can head to Phoenix’s former red light district and journey into the basement of the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel to find Melinda’s Alley. With a maximum capacity of only 45 guests, this cash-only tavern will have you feeling like a lawless VIP in the middle of prohibition.

 

Photo: Honor Amongst Thieves

New York City

New York State, once home to 100,000 of the nation’s speakeasies during the 1920s, has brought the trend full-circle in the 21st century. Tucked behind a coffee shop’s storefront, Bathtub Gin is easy to miss but worth the find to taste the elaborate, Victorian cocktails or take a photo in the copper bathtub decor piece. You’ll receive a dash of insight with your cocktail at Employees Only, a West Village hot spot with a glowing “Psychic” sign out front hinting at its presence. The house psychic will forecast your future as the eclectic food and drink menu keep you satisfied ‘til dawn. To live out a truly authentic night, you can visit former prohibition-operated speakeasy the Back Room. Don’t let the “Lower East Side Toy Company” sign distract you, this bar hides beyond a gate and down a flight of stairs—the original entrance used by law-breaking patrons over 80 years ago.

 

Photo: Employees Only

 

As this vintage form of nightlife finds a resurgence in the coming years, there are sure to be more unique speakeasy locales showing up on your city’s radar. The concept has even garnered an international appeal with new American-style hideaways popping up in Paris, London, Rome, and Amsterdam. Whether you’re looking for a seductive night-cap, a unique craft drink, or an energetic dance floor, the endless possibilities for creativity allow the speakeasy concept to thrive. So keep your eyes and ears open the next time you pass by what seems to be a simple barber shop, storage room, or furniture store, because it might just be the doorway to your next favorite hot spot.

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Photo: Houston Hospitality

Photo: Houston Hospitality

Photo: Zocha Group

Photo: Houston Hospitality

Photo: Bathtub Gin

Photo: Back Room