Travellers looking for a glamorous Hollywood nightlife experience in Los
Angeles should head to the newly opened Emerson Theater for a glimpse of the debaucherous,
decadent days of the Great Gatsby era. Cascading velvet curtains, marquee
lights, distressed hardwood and grand staircases set the illusion of an elegant
1920s theatre, while multiple stages spotlighting feather-headressed burlesque
dancers complete the vintage spectacle.
Despite the amazing decor, the nightlife
scene is the venue’s main attraction. Unlike the neighbouring theatres on
Hollywood Boulevard that show movies – such as the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the El Capitan – the Emerson features live musical acts and the occasional
star sighting. Its sunken dance floor takes centre stage as sexily-attired patrons
move to the beats set down by DJs in the elevated mirrored-glass booth.
To sate post-dancing thirst, order up a cocktail
such as the Watermelon Mojito (rum, watermelon juice, mint and club soda) and
Jalapeno Margarita (tequila, triple sec, jalapeno and lime) from one of the two
bars framing the scene. If you want the best people-watching seats, take up
residence at one of the booths and banquettes surrounding the dance floor and
opt for premium bottle service or tableside mixology.
Look over at the next booth and you might
spot paparazzi magnets like reality star Paris Hilton, who was there for the
club’s opening party on 9 January, or singers Chris Brown and Rihanna.
The club is open on Wednesdays and Fridays
from 10 pm to 2 am. Vintage-modern attire is encouraged. Improve your chances
of getting in by dressing to impress and arriving early.
Caroline Pardilla is
the Los Angeles Localite for BBC Travel. She also writes Carolineoncrack.com.