Koreatown’s nightlife gets a new jolt on February 14 with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, a truly over-the-top club inside the Line Hotel from prolific operators Mark and Jonnie Houston. The fraternal twins already run Breakroom 86 in the building, so adding this Art Deco-cum-disco lounge in the former Pot space makes sense. For the most part.
Walk into the space and see a pastiche of textures, colors, and furniture that feels weirdly futuristic in the way that only the Houston brothers can pull off. Think Studio 54 meets The Great Gatsby. The setting here seems more focused on nightly live entertainment, with a supper club-style stage and retro dance floor.
Drinks come from Adam Fournier, formerly of NoMad LA, who hopes to elevate bad 1970s cocktails, with a bit more modern balance and character. A gold-dust swirled coupe glass blends gin, vodka, and fino sherry while a Tiki-looking Blue Hawaiian has all the right colors. The hotel’s overseeing chefs Josiah Citrin and Richard Archuleta compile vegan-only dishes that feel snacky and fun, like a cashew cheeseburger and mushroom lettuce tacos. Food will only be available 8 to 10 p.m. weekdays, and until 11 p.m. on weekends.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is open from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., Wednesday to Saturday. Paco Versailles, a collaboration between guitarist and composer Vahagni, and songwriter/producer Ryan Merchant of Capital Cities, will open the venue with a four-month residency, performing every first Thursday of each month. Mark and Jonnie Houston also operate The Speek, a special event venue inside the Line, as well as numerous Hollywood establishments like La Descarga, Pour Vous, and No Vacancy.