Drai's Hollywood Offers Poolside Partying At Hollywood and Vine
Drai's Hollywood at the New W Hollywood Hotel just might be the new summer hang out. The hotel is situated on the famous corner at Hollywood and Vine. The club includes a large lounge lined with banquettes backed with rich red velvet tiles which are separated by mirrored, ceiling-high columns. Opposite the banquettes, one full wall of the space looks out onto Hollywood through floor-to-ceiling windows offering glittering city views. The room also opens up into a dance space with a DJ booth framed by a massive, carved wooden picture frame looking out onto the floor.
The restaurant area seats approximately 120 guests and offers treats from Chef Claude Segal. The restaurant is between the indoor lounge area and the open air rooftop pool/patio area offering a choice of inside or outside dining. The pool patio is the most prized location. It resembles a penthouse roof garden and both sides have custom cabanas. One side of the pool has flat-topped cabanas with low couches and white privacy curtains. On the other side, raised up a few steps from the pool level, is a row of covered daybed with Moroccan-style inlaid wooden tables and cabinets, stained wicker seats, red-cushioned couches, large mirrors and flat screen TVs all surrounded by heavier white drapes. At the far end of the pool, up a flight of stairs above an outdoor poolside bar, is a set of four larger, very VIP cabanas that overlook the entire rooftop area.
The nightclub is the work of Victor Drai,a French entrepreneur, film producer and restaurateur behind Drai's on La Cienega. His work as a movie producer (Woman in Red, The Man with One Red Shoe, the Weekend at Bernies series) brought him into the Los Angeles social scene. He then moved onto Las Vegas creating several restaurants and night clubs. He partnered with the Waits twins on Tryst for Steve Wynn ans well as creating the Encore Las Vegas mega-club XS.
Drai's Hollywood features local DJs including Benji Madden, Jamie Iovine and Rick Rude. On Sundays it will have a Vegas style pool scene from 10am-10pm. Cover charge for the nightclub is $20.