The Doheny is a private upscale club with actual members that pay an actual membership. There’s an initiation fee of between $2,000-4,000 and an annual fee of $2,000+. I guess it’s sort of like a Jonathan Club for the younger, more modern socialite. Luckily, my friend Bryan showed us a way into the club, free of charge. In order to get in as a non-member, one must be on the guest list, no exceptions. To confirm that you’re on the list, you receive an email with specific instructions. There isn’t a sign out front and the entrance is through a parking lot. What you need to do is keep a look out for a combination of 3 things: 1) a keyhole insignia, 2) a parking lot, and 3) a doorman. When the doorman watched us approach the garage, 100 ft. away, he walked into garage ahead of us, walked slowly whilst humming a tune. He kind of reminded me of old Hollywood – wore a big black hat and black suit. When he reached the doorway and his podium, he smiled and just looked at me. I told him my name, he located it, then told me “No cameras or pictures are allowed. You can text, but no phone calls, ok?”. As soon as I said “ok” we were cleared to walk in.
Upon entering the narrow foyer, I noticed dark tinted windows, dark wood floors and curtains. I was a scared to walk in first, frightened that a hand would pop out and grab me as if I were at a haunted house. Once we made it to the bar, I was surprised at the size of the space. It’s pretty intimate at around 1,000 square feet, and there’s a cool greenroom patio with a fireplace where you’re welcome to dance and also smoke a cigar. The DJ was in this room and he rocked. I really loved the music: house. Another thing that stood out was the Doheny’s cocktail list. They use liquors I’ve never tried before and the bartender shook my drink a way I’ve never seen before. I first ordered a Raspberry Pisco Sour. It sure was pretty but it took a while for me to get used to the frothy egg whites. My boyfriend had Macallan 18 and water – it was nice as usual. Later the bartender made me another Pisco drink. They brought me a Pisco and Rosewater cocktail and it suited me well. It was pretty, lovely with hint of rose. Ladies, you gotta try it!
Overall, it was a nice experience. I’d like to celebrate my birthday at this spot since I loved the music, the drinks, and the intimacy. Bryan’s contacting them to see if I can have a group over for my birthday. If I have permission to have a gathering here, I’ll make a note on my facebook page. If not, I think I may forego having a gathering. I’ll keep everyone posted.Share on Facebook