Perry Farrell on What Party Spots Are on His Radar
Once the sun goes down, we go to places to see beautiful dames and studs showing off for prospective suitors. Loosening up everything that strangled our afternoon, we join in the celebration of victory over a hard-fought day. If you’re married, you tell your wife you’re “taking her out,” and become her shining knight all over again.
At the end of a day, people love to mingle. We love to feel as though we are valued contributors to a social network. Without speaking—almost by extrasensory perception—we make new “scenes.” Often it is the music filling our minds that incites us to change our hair, buy new jeans, and take
a different view of life. Around the world, “the scene” is in constant evolution.
One of the pleasures of travel is to experience different scenes around the globe. Have you ever been to Ljubljana in Eastern Europe? It’s happening. The capital of Slovenia is a place that has gone through fascist occupation and liberation. Now a hot spot for world-class DJs, the city is steeped in rich history and Gothic architecture. An infusion of young people and new sounds makes the scene in Ljubljana intriguing for Euro nightlifers.
And, of course, LA has always had a strong party scene. A great deal of importance is put on music because the music industry was built here. In the ’60s, LA was teeming with young hippies walking the Sunset Strip. My brother used to tell me stories about those days. He told me about eating and drinking at Barney’s Beanery and walking up to the Strip for music. The sidewalks were so thick with kids they overflowed, and people just walked in the street, following the mob to the Roxy or the Whisky—both of which are still standing.
Who’s making the scene in LA today? A spot I hit recently is Bardot, located above Avalon in Hollywood. It has a speakeasy vibe, with walls full of old paintings. As I entered, I saw Joel McHale from The Soup—who’s very tall and very funny— squeezing his glass and lending an ear. Plush booths rim the room. It’s a scene reminiscent of Hollywood’s golden days, juxtaposed with fresh faces. At the far end of the room stands a DJ booth as tall as a lifeguard tower. The next room flows out to a dance floor with a live-music setup. There’s no stage, which makes it feel intimate and jazzy. Sometimes the musicians play to electronics, creating a mushroom-jazz type of sound. Prince has gotten up and jammed there. It’s tight.
photograph by Damian Tsutsumida
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.