After shuttering during the slower late-winter months for some nip-and-tuck, West Hollywood’s ever-popular Bootsy Bellows has returned with a whole new look — and big plans for the future.
Though the overall atmosphere hasn't changed much, with decor touches reminiscent of an upscale bachelor pad from the Rat Pack era, there’s actually a lot more to love inside. The Built-constructed lounge is draped in walnut and gold-framed glamour mirroring, with long wraparound golden banquettes and plenty of kitschy era-specific tidbits, from the lamps to the art on the walls.
On the back end, there’s also been an overhaul to the club's infamous party aspect. The backroom at Bootsy Bellows has long been legendary as a place for in-the-know partiers to experience a wider, more esoteric evening experience, complete with lots of live performances. The h.wood team is adding ongoing burlesque to the mix inside their new space, with even more crowd-wowing options to come.
Bootsy Bellows sits squarely inside the h.wood Group portfolio, which also includes properties like Blind Dragon across the street, and The Nice Guy and Henry’s, both nearby in West Hollywood. In June, mega-club-monsters Hakkasan Group took a controlling interest in John Terzian and Brian Toll’s h.wood Group, and with that new influx of money and connections come plans for many more Bootsy Bellows around the world, each done up in a similar style. A Las Vegas stop is next (there’s already a Bootsy Bellows in Aspen) followed closely by Toronto.
Bootsy Bellows returns this Friday, with hours from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.