6231 Selma Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
10 PM – 2 AM
Mondays and Wednesdays
If your start-of-the-week blues can only be cured by late nights in subterranean clubs, Hollywood’s newest spot could do the trick tonight and every Monday and Wednesdays.
Cathouse LA, open once a week, officially launches this evening in the former home of hang-to-the-stars China Club, and it leans on diamond-studded tufted leather booths, lingerie-clad models and VIP rooms to modernize the speakeasy concept (no, you don’t need a password, but yes, the entrance is essentially unmarked).
There’s no food on offer—except for the chocolate-covered strawberries given to everyone at midnight—and a few of their house cocktails include the Behind the Mask, made with ginger beer, bourbon, St Germain and bitters; the Cat House, with lemon, raspberry syrup and egg whites, all dusted with edible gold on top; the Madame Larue, of citrus vodka, St Germain and a strawberry cider beer; and the Room 7, made with bourbon, amaretto and Frangelico.
There are also classic-leaning cocktails, bubbly sippers and a playlist of ’90s, 2000s and contemporary music because “the venue pays homage to the purity of music rather than the DJ,” according to a news release—which, let’s be honest, feels like a fancier way of saying they didn’t want to staff one.