The first iteration of Cardiff Gaint’s new nightlife venture, DBA, features king and queen performers.
Beau Laughlin and Michael Jay of LA-based hospitality group Cardiff Giant have set out to change local nightlife culture with their ever-evolving West Hollywood venue, DBA, which officially celebrates its opening tonight and tomorrow (December 5-6, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.). More than just a spot to sip cocktails, DBA—an acronym for “Doing Business As”—is also an art gallery, performance space, dance club, and more. But here’s the truly revolutionary part: guest curators will transform the space into an entirely new experience every three to five months.
Angelenos can “expect the unexpected,” says Laughlin of DBA, which is poised to lure in art-lovers and nightlife aficionados alike. “Every time they come into the venue, there will be a new component. Even within each curation, we will be constantly changing and adding different aspects to the experience.”
Nightlife fixture Simon Hammerstein—the brains behind buzzed-about New York nightclub The Box—is DBA’s inaugural curator. With full creative control, Hammerstein has renamed the venue Esque for the duration of his residency, bringing his vision to life through décor, performances, lavish costumes, and a mesmerizing storefront window display.
“Part of the experience Simon created for our guests revolves around the fact that they are arriving without preconceived ideas of what to expect,” says Laughlin. “Esque is gritty, uncomfortable, thrilling, and will take you outside of your comfort zone. It's not for everyone, but it is something that everyone will talk about.” 7969 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323-378-5953