- Published on Wednesday, June 06 2012
- Written by Sarah Osman
I recently had the pleasure of visiting L.A.’s newest hotspot, AV Nightclub. This chic new space, which is located inside the historic Marion building, has a sophisticated and trendy vibe to it. The nightclub is filled with dark corners, black, purple, and gold, and goth-y ballerina dancers decked out in fishnets and tutus gracefully moving to the music. Owned by Tosh Berman and Matt Bendick, the 3,200 square-foot club’s interior was designed by Davis Krumins and includes a large, lush patio, complete with an outdoor fire space and white leather couches for guests to mingle, three custom go-go platforms for dancers, 10 built-in banquets for nightclub seating, and aerial rings for the dancers to occasionally take flight upon. The interior of the club features a gorgeous crystal chandelier dangling above the crowd, as well as a soft blue glow mixed with flashing lights. The club was packed when I arrived, and I was intrigued by the framed videos of famous Renaissance paintings that moved slowly, Harry Potter-style, as well as by the twelve-foot light wall that changed colors behind the DJ booth.
The service at the AV Nightclub is exquisite, as servers are assigned to only two tables a night, as opposed to four or five, and are quick to answer any questions, get you a drink, etc. (I was particularly impressed and pleased at how helpful the staff was -- and I adored the sexy waitresses’ bustiers and tutus). The AV Nightclub is easily a DJ’s (or DJ appreciator’s) paradise; DJ’s from Europe, L.A., New York, and Miami are all set to play at the club over the summer. The bar features different drinks, such as raspberry mojitios and black berry bourbons, every week, which combine fine liquors as well as fresh fruits and berries from the local farmer’s market. (I did not have the chance to try one of these drinks, but I did enjoy my pineapple-vodka mix). And the club has already become a favorite among celebrities -- Lindsay Lohan, Chris Brown, Taylor Armstrong, and Aubrey O’Day are all frequent visitors to the AV Club.
The club is a part of AV Hospitality, which is a service concept which brings together the best aspects of restaurants, theater, nightlife, and, of course, hospitality. In addition to the AV Nightclub, AV Hospitality also owns the club The Pink Kitty and Sonoma Wine Garden in Cabo, as well as the restaurant Aventine in San Francisco and The Modern Addiction in Oahu. A sister venue, Aventine, will be opened adjacent to the AV Nightclub, and will be a wood-fired Italian grill. The maximum capacity for the entire club is 320, thanks to the large outdoor patio and access to the back alleyway for private events. The AV Nightclub has recently been rocking on Monday nights but will begin to be open on Fridays starting this week, on June 8, and on Saturdays starting June 30.
“We actually make changes to the club every week,” says co-owner Berman, in response to what makes the club so unique. “We will study where we need to add more lighting, where a good spot would be for another chandelier, etc. We hold the club very true to our hearts as a representation of AV Hospitality and of who we are. The AV Nightclub is essentially a big venue trapped in a small venue‘s body. We have an amazing audio and visual system, we have beautiful, theatrical dancers who fly over the crowd, we have a great bottle service -- we really just took all of the best experiences that we have had at other venues and put it all under one roof.”
For more information on the AV Nightclub, please visit www.avnightclub.com.
Check out the pictures from my big night out at the AV Nightclub as well as some shots of the interior from photographer Alen Lin:
The lovely Jayde Nicole, VIP Hostess of the AV Nightclub
One of the talented ballerinas
Myself and one of the fantastic waiters
The staff have just as much fun as the guests!
- Sarah Osman, YH Staff