8623 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA | Directions 9006934.082088 -118.380820
Neighborhoods: West Hollywood, Central LA
A-list enclave's referral-only door policy can only mean one thing: Despite its unusual haunted mansion vibe, Villa is the new Hyde. – In Short
This exclusive venue is equal parts chic Melrose hideout and mystery-novel setting, skirting the been-there-done-that vibe of many Hollywood clubs. The small, eerily designed space is crammed with eclectic touches: Bear and buffalo mounts straight from the taxidermist loom over the full bar, while a library of classic books lines the wall behind its booze shelves. You'd think pulling one of these tomes would open a secret passageway to the unofficial VIP section, where the latest who's who of Hollywood can request their own private roped-off area. Mostly the crowd is comprises of non-household-name baby scenesters and 30-something high rollers blessed with the right bone structure (and connections) to get past the door. Those important enough to get in can order one of the dizzying array of specialty cocktails from sexy servers, trotting around in tight tweed riding jackets and skimpy shorts, or from the bartenders wielding bottles with toned arms, exposed by their form-fitting vests.
Hits: If you can get in, you're practically guaranteed to do some serious stargazing; celebrities like Lindsay Lohan and Justin Timberlake frequent the bar. The space is easy to navigate, the small dance floor is just full enough, and it's not impossible to find a seat.
Misses: The bar boasts one of the most exclusive doors in Hollywood--it caps off at only 150 people every night--and the valet won't even park your car unless you're on the list.
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