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For those coming to town to attend the Los Angeles International Textile Show, there is no shortage of places to quench one’s hunger and thirst. Here, a few of the hot spots.
THE SAYERS CLUB
Kick back at The Sayers Club, a speakeasy tucked in the back room of the bright yellow Papaya King hot dog stand in Hollywood. Like the clandestine clubs of the Roaring Twenties, people need to use their connections to score an invitation. Those on the guest list can breeze into the glow of dimly lit chandeliers. Large Chesterfield couches create cozy seating nooks for guests like actress Malin Akerman to relax when they’re not dancing to DJ Rare Matthew’s preshow set. Drink carts mean the bar is always close, with bartenders kneeling by the carts to mix any cocktail, including the Pineapple Smash, a signature libation that swirls vodka with peppermint, lime and pineapple juice.
Jason Scoppa, who designed the SBE-owned club, handpicks the entertainment and emcees the impromptu live music shows, where even the scheduled performers don’t know when they’ll be up. In addition to musical guests such as Prince, Tony Bennett and Estelle, Scoppa coaxes talented audience members into performing. Even unsuspecting celebrities Jeremy Piven and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have stepped up to the stage. On Thursdays, the house band performs covers of everything from Beyoncé to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, often featuring up-and-coming vocalists such as LP, who just signed a record deal with Warner Bros. Records.
“It’s great because you can watch an up-and-coming artist really get their chops,” Scoppa said. “Never knowing what they’re going to see keeps [people] on their toes and keeps them coming back.” — Sarah Jones
The Sayers Club
1645 Wilcox Avenue
Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.