We---not "we," as in we'll actually get to go, more of a collective, quasi-universal "we"---are inching closer to the grand debut of The Doheny, Cedd Moses' much-ballyhooed downtown private club. We've confirmed that some charter members have already been in, mostly to generate interest among their friends and colleagues, but it won't officially open until mid-March. Again, not that it matters to the majority of us, due to the exorbitant fees, but at least we can know what we're missing. Per the press release: guests have an off-street entrance and private port cochere; there really is a "biometric fingerprint recognition system"; the decor is classically clubby, dark woods, leathers, "raw unfinished concrete ceilings"; what was once oil tycoon E.L. Doheny's greenhouse will be an outdoor smoking patio and fireplace.
Moses says: "The Doheny will be a shrine to the history and exploration of the cocktail and the camaraderie that it creates." For mixologists, there's Vincenzo Marianella from Providence, Eric Alperin from Osteria Mozza, and Marcos Tello from Seven Grand. There will be cognacs, fine wines, vintage champagnes, armagnacs and scotches "not found in other Los Angeles bars." Neal Fraser concocted a menu of fancy nibbles and small plates. If the worse part is that you can't get in, the best part is that a percentage of membership fees will be donated to charity. (714 W. Olympic, Downtown)
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