LOS ANGELES Two new high-design clubs are among this fall's new nightlife offerings. Here's a look inside.
1. SBE's new nightclub, Mi-6, opened in September in the former Foxtail space. A significant departure from that venue's opulent Art Deco look, Mi-6 has a modern design with lighting along the walls in striped arrangements. The West Hollywood space has booth seating, dual dance floors, and a layout on three levels. The space has a total capacity of about 400, with V.I.P. areas, multiple full-service bars, and smoking patios. There is an AEW sound system and DJ booth with built-in Serato. LEDs light the dance floor. Speciality cocktails use high-end and organic ingredients. Valet parking is available.
2. Empire also opened in September, on the Cahuenga corridor in Hollywood. Greek-style columns tower above, and brown and red tiered booths overlook the spacious dance floor. There are three bars, a ruby-jeweled chandelier, and an enclosed smoking patio plus a ventilated smoking room with moss-colored, floor-length drapes. The space measures 7,800 square feet and has a capacity of 600; if the adjacent lot is tented, it accomodates several hundred more. Greg Gilbert designed the decor. For events, Empire caters more than 50 choices of tray-passed appetizers, including coconut macadamia shrimp or warm caramelized onion tarts. Signature cocktails can also be customized for events. Servers wear goddess-style translucent white dresses.