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Just when you thought they couldn't possibly squeeze another nightclub onto the Walk of Fame, this big and beauteous boîte from restaurateur Mike Viscuso (the king of San Diego's Gaslamp District) has transformed the old Frederick's of Hollywood building (Kress department store before that) into a flamboyant five-story funhouse. Asiana-meets-mod décor and a blend of grandiosity and ambiance that recall Vegas' priciest dance palaces make this marvelous monstrosity a must-see. Scrumptious bites and sensuously named signature drinks (love "The Lovely") are served in the majestic red glow of the main dining room; the people (females) get prettier with each advancing level, culminating on the much-buzzed-about rooftop, where one is bombarded with the three B's (big boobies, blondes and bottle service). Seriously, though, the roof is the closest thing you'll get to dancing in heaven, but don't count on seeing it if you aren't loaded or luscious. We hear there's a three-bottle minimum for tables and you gotta score a coveted colored wristband to enter. Even without the roof, patrons will be busy. The basement houses a pumping dance club, while the third-floor lounge features a quieter, more intimate dance floor. The second floor has private dining areas (for celebs, natch) and a full sushi bar. Things to note: Making a reservation for dinner doesn't guarantee club entry unless you have a large party. If you're a nobody, prepare to wait at the velvet ropes in the back of the building for a while, especially if you're a dude. This one's actually worth it, though.
View more photos in Lina Lecaro's slideshow, "Nightranger: Afterdark Club Madness at Kress, Eden, The Mint & More." Gunshots inside Hollywood hot spots, crazy-costumed college rock in West L.A., and 99¢ Only–inspired lunacy invading the theater... More »
Of the go-big-or-go-home aesthetic is Hollywood's nightlife emporium the Kress, in the old Frederick's of Hollywood space. Talk about a transformation. We had no idea the building was even that big. This new multistory entertainment complex has an opulent Vegas feel, with giant fixtures and statues in the main dining area, a modern sushi bar upstairs, a sexy blue-hued lounge and an oasis in the sky on the roof (though only the superduper VIPs get to see that). The basement bumps with mirrors and strobes, but if hip-hop humping ain't your thing, the Restaurant at the Kress is a must-try for tangy Asian fare, fruity fun drinks (there's even an homage to its former incarnation, called the Forty Six, marking the year Frederick's opened) and sultry see-and-be-seen setup. It might not be the pink-and-purple tower of lingerie temptation it was, but this landmark is sexier than ever.—Lina Lecaro
For GUESLIST/BOTTLE SERVICE send me your facebook link, # of people in your party to: email@example.com Ingrid Sanabria Kress a restaurant/lounge that attracts a powerful Industry crowd and celebrities who love/need them. It's no wonder why. Considered the next " Hollywood Landmark " Kress is the new hot spot for the young and glamorous. This beautiful venue consists of an upscale full service restuartant which has a delicious menu inspired by asain cuisine ; a basement level that has a huge dance floor , live entertainment , and a two full serice bars. There is also an event/ banquet level that also has a dance floor and food service. Last but most definately not least is the rooftop lounge that consists of a dance floor , a full service bar, cabanas and gorgeous view of Los Angeles including the famouse Hollywood sign.
Of the go-big-or-go-home aesthetic is Hollywood's nightlife emporium the Kress, in the old Frederick's of Hollywood space. Talk about a transformation. We had no idea the building was even that big. This new multistory entertainment complex has an opulent Vegas feel, with giant fixtures and statues in the main dining area, a modern sushi bar upstairs, a sexy blue-hued lounge and an oasis in the sky on the roof (though only the superduper VIPs get to see that). The basement bumps with mirrors... More »
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