West Hollywood neighborhood spot Norah is expanding, adding an attached cocktail space called La Fête. The dim new evening haunt officially opens to the world on Friday night.
La Fête is the work of owner Rohan Talwar, founder of IB Hospitality and longstanding international restaurateur. Thomas Schoos designs the space, which features drinks from bar director Dave Kupchinsky (Freehand, Otium, Eveleigh). That means everything from summer spritzes to martinis to pastis apertifs, the anise-scented evening starter drink once so famous across France. Expect the classics as well, each with a slight lean towards all things French.
As for the interior, this is the former side room to Norah, used as private dining and overflow on busy weekend nights. Now it has its own entrance and address, with the same herringbone wood floor and long bar alongside new lounge-y touches like low, plush seats and hanging greenery.
La Fête officially opens on Friday, keeping hours from 6 p.m. to midnight most nights, with an extension to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. When they officially arrive they’ll have plenty of competition, from the new No More Heroes in the former Now Boarding space to Employees Only, long regarded as among the best bars in America. Further down the road, there’s Harlowe, Barbette, and Jones, too.
8277 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA