Walking into Halo, one gets the distinct impression that this nightclub is a sign of the times: it’s not overly showy, it doesn’t have snooty door people, and the drinks aren’t over-priced.
The owners, who are part of the renowned Sunset Entertainment Group (which runs Green Door and Cabana Club) wanted to bring the nightclub experience back to the simple fun that it once was before the overt opulence that has ruled L. A. lately took hold. The space, which once belonged to White Lotus, is on Cahuenga, just north of Hollywood Boulevard, in the heart of Hollywood. It houses two bars, a number of reserved seating areas, a DJ booth, and two smoking areas. The first is indoors and has a 30-foot by 12-foot retractable roof that zooms open when guests below light up; the second is a large outdoor space that holds 50 people.
Among the minimally decorated walls and black-and-white color scheme is a V.I.P. booth that holds 20 people and can be curtained off. (Prince has reserved this area multiple times.) Across the dance floor from that space is a one-way-glass enclosed area where Rihanna has been seated. Those who sit at reserved tables can order from a limited menu that has simple yet gourmet bar food like Kobe beef sliders.
But the food isn’t what draws the crowd here – twentysomethings come to drink and dance. DJs spin a mix of Top 40, hip hop, rock, and dance tunes. On a recent Thursday night, the DJ went from Lady GaGa to a remix of the Police to Eminem and Dr. Dre. Don’t come here expecting a fancy drink menu with overly-accessorized neon beverages. Champagne and vodka/Red Bull are the drinks of choice in this easygoing establishment, although one of the attractive bartenders working beneath a blown-glass bubble chandelier will gladly make your desired concoction.
A warning to those partygoers who like to hit the clubs every night of the week: Halo’s only open on Thursday and Friday nights from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. But never fear, within a few blocks of the club-saturated Cahuenga corridor, there are plenty of places to drink away your recession sorrows. They just may not be as low-key and fun as Halo.
1743 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
[Meg Hemphill recently left New York and the halls of “InStyle” magazine to pursue writing in Los Angeles. Her greatest passion is travel and she recommends the following: wine-tasting in New Zealand, staying at an all-inclusive resort in Antigua, driving through Provence, and bar hopping in Dublin.]