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Help please - looking for a venue in Hollywood

jennifer42 Jan 3, 2012 01:00 PM

I need to book a venue for a cocktail party for 120 people within walking distance of the Renaissance Hollywood (Hollywood and Highland).

We have a decent budget ($100 pp, although the location is giving me heart palpatations and I'm already sure we'll have to increase it) and the venue can be classy or campy, as long as if it's camp, it's obvious. Basically, anything but boring middle-of-the-road.

Catch is that it HAS to be within walking distance and it cannot be a chain restaurant. Doesn't even have to be a restaurant, as long as the venue is interesting.

Help me LA Chowhounders, you're my only hope! ;)

  1. Servorg Jan 3, 2012 01:11 PM

    Your budget sounds low to me, but then again what do I know...Have you checked with the events people at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel? Worth a call. http://www.thompsonhotels.com/hotels/la/hollywood-roosevelt/organize-a-gathering/events-overview I attended a function in their "Oscar" room which holds up to 150 guests: http://www.thompsonhotels.com/hotels/...

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    1. re: Servorg
      jennifer42 Jan 3, 2012 01:25 PM

      That's the thing... in MOST locations (even Washington, DC), that's a fairly high budget for a cocktail party. I know we might have to adjust it for the location on this one.

      A hotel ballroom, no matter the location, isn't going to be ideal, but they do have some non-ballroom venues on that link that are worth checking out... thanks!

      1. re: Servorg
        jennifer42 Jan 3, 2012 01:53 PM

        OMG Beacher's Madhouse - probably way way beyond my budget, probably unbookable... but would be the most epic event ever.

        1. re: jennifer42
          LATrapp Jan 4, 2012 10:33 AM

          Beachers is bookable and I don't think they are necessarily turning people away every night...

          1. re: LATrapp
            jennifer42 Jan 4, 2012 10:50 AM

            So, how does one talk their boss into a flying midget bar? Especially if said boss is 30 years older? Drinks will be involved in the discussion, for sure...

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        mitchbart Jan 3, 2012 01:24 PM

        How about the the historic Musso and Franks Grill? They say they can accommodate parties up to 300. It is two blocks away.


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          estone888 Jan 3, 2012 01:26 PM

          I was also going to suggest Musso & Frank. Or possibly the Pig & Whistle (though I haven't been there, it looks pretty good) http://www.pignwhistlehollywood.com/

          1. goodhealthgourmet Jan 3, 2012 01:29 PM

            Lucky Strike is right there...

            1. j
              jennifer42 Jan 3, 2012 01:42 PM

              Okay, I've contacted the Hollywood Roosevelt, Musso and Franks, and the Pig'n Whistle. Lucky Strike is out, since it's a chain. I also contacted the Rolling Stone.

              Please keep the ideas coming if you think of anything else, I have a couple of weeks before I need to get a deposit in. Thanks!

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              1. re: jennifer42
                goodhealthgourmet Jan 3, 2012 01:56 PM

                so sorry about the chain aspect - i had no idea! believe it or not i thought the Hollywood & NYC locations were the only ones. oops. i guess that means Madame Tussaud's is out too ;)

                if you want to go campy, there's Miceli's with the singing waiters & waitresses...

                Miceli Restaurant Hollywood
                1646 N Las Palmas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                  Servorg Jan 3, 2012 02:27 PM

                  Now that would be one heck of a walk to and fro, from H&H! ;-D>

                  1. re: Servorg
                    goodhealthgourmet Jan 3, 2012 02:37 PM

                    ha! totally didn't realize the wrong place link attached. i corrected it - thanks for the heads-up :)

              2. lil mikey Jan 3, 2012 02:59 PM

                I don't know what date you're thinking of, but the Magic Castle re-opens January 13th after the fire reconstruction. You might also consider buying out some non-conventional places, like Ripley's Believe it or Not, or Madame Tussaud's, although I'm not sure what that would run.

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                  mitchbart Jan 3, 2012 03:17 PM

                  You might also consider Yamashiro Restaurant. It's not walking distance but very close and they would coordinate shuttles for you though the "Dine and Ride" service as part of the "package". The wide angle views of the LA basin are beyond fantastic and would get noticed by your guests big-time! Nothing in the flats below can compare for the "view effect" on the guests.



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                  1. re: mitchbart
                    jennifer42 Jan 4, 2012 09:11 AM

                    That's pretty cool, but unfortunately, my guests are easily distracted. We've found that no matter how great the venue, if it's not within walking distance of the hotel, you lose about 50% of your guests on the way there. Someone else offers to take them to dinner, they miss the shuttle, think they'll get the next one, get hungry, wander off, and never return. It would make my life so much simpler if it wasn't like herding cats, but it is. As long as it's within walking distance, they show up in droves and the party really gets going, but when they trickle in on a shuttle, it just doesn't happen. (But I might go check that one out myself while I'm in town.)

                  2. wutzizname Jan 4, 2012 12:27 AM

                    Musso & Frank's would definitely be my call on the "campy" side. It's iconic L.A., and I would assume much more reasonable than any of the non-"campy" options of any worth in the immediate area.

                    1. katydid13 Jan 4, 2012 06:21 AM

                      I recently attended a cocktail party at the Writer's Room, the venue right behind Musso & Frank's. That might work for you.

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                      1. re: katydid13
                        jennifer42 Jan 4, 2012 09:07 AM

                        I called them and apparently, they own a ton of venues right in the area that I wouldn't have necessarily thought of. Good call. Thanks!

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                        jesstifer Jan 4, 2012 11:50 AM

                        I haven't been, but I've heard decent campy things about Geisha House.

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