There are many fashionable historic hot spots in Hollywood, well beyond Rodeo Drive or Melrose Avenue.
Fashion and Los Angeles have a special synergy – it’s where celebrities show their style, whether it’s the red carpet at the Oscars or just getting out of their car, duped by the paparazzi. But besides shopping destinations like The Grove or Robertson Boulevard, where do fashionistas go after a long day of boutique hopping?
A new rooftop bar is being put on the map as a go-to fashion hotspot, right in the heart of Hollywood.
Bar Lis is a rooftop bar, lounge and nightclub of the Thompson Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, bringing a bit of French flair to the star-studded strip.
It is named after an imaginary girl named “Lis”, who fled to the French Riviera in the 1960s with the dream of becoming a singer, performing for Hollywood stars who visit the south of France.
“It was designed as a transporting French Riviera-inspired oasis in the middle of Hollywood,” said Sebastian Puga, EVP Brand Experience at Ten Five Hospitality.
It has blue-and-white striped walls, while black-and-white photos of stars on the beach adorn the walls in the 1960s and 1970s, when Hollywood stars flocked to the south of France as their refuge – from Bridget Bardot to Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean and Grace Kelly.
“It aims to capture Lis’s contemporaries and immerse guests in the lounge’s story,” explains Puga. The bar was designed by creative director Bernadette Blanc, who worked with Wendy Posner of Posner Fine Art to source, select and format each photo.
It ties in with the current vibe of Los Angeles, which attracts creatives to the local neighborhood, which is located directly in the Vinyl District, an area just off the tourist strip of Hollywood that aims to provide a modern nightlife-driven cultural hub, inspired by artists and music legends.
“Hollywood, and Los Angeles itself, have historically provided the creative set,” said Puga. “Bar Lis provides a venue where like-minded individuals can escape high above the city to enjoy world-class live music and DJ sets.”
Bar Lis has seen a number of VIPs stroll through the property, from The Weeknd to Rita Ora, Drake to Taika Waititi, Anya Taylor-Joy and Lil Nas X. DJs who have performed here include Diplo and Tove Lo.
It is also where local Angelenos use it as a meeting point for business. “It shines a light on the incredible creative potential here in the Vinyl District,” added Puga. “The area is attracting the interest of locals and tourists alike for a night out in an area where there was previously little foot traffic.”
Soon they will have a monthly burlesque series called Femme Follies, featuring the world famous Beauty of Burlesque founder, Miss Tosh. And every Tuesday, Bar Lis hosts Jazz Eclectic LA, a live modern jazz night that draws locals and visitors alike. Every Thursday through Saturday nights, they have guest DJs with talents, such as Ashley Smith and Bec Adams of Les Filles, Ana Calderon, as well as Rick Trainor and Wade Crescent, among others.
“The hotel was created for curious creatives who crave an unpretentious, design-conscious experience,” said Dan Daley, CEO and co-founder of Ten Five Hospitality.
“From the hotel’s artfully crafted interiors to our own dining and entertainment venues, every detail has been carefully curated with the discerning creative in mind.”