Time for another round of Night Tap’s “Last Call” Expert Series, featuring exclusive interviews and info from LA’s nightlife & cocktail experts. Today we are catching up with Jenny Wu, the creative mind behind Good, Bad And Fab - style and musings of an Asian fashion lawyer working in LA and living life in the Fab lane. Jenny is a fixture at red carpet events and shared insights on her favorite LA musings with Night Tap.
What do you love about nightlife in LA?
I love how eclectic LA nightlife is. Venues transport you to a different place in time. There is an escape that comes with exploring different nightlife scenes. If I’m in the mood to go to a 1920’s vintage bar….there I am. Places like The Edison are so dramatic and allow my imagination to run wild.
What is your favorite drink in LA?
I absolutely love the Pomegranate Mojito’s at Magnolia, a cute little bar tucked away in Pasadena. The Pomegranate Mojito’s are amazing. And you get your antioxidants too so it’s good for you. It’s the perfect combination of ingredients that gets me happy and in a celebratory mood. And Magnolia is always packed with a ton of celebrities so I always see someone famous!
Describe your perfect night on the town.
My perfect night would start with a fashion show at the Vibiana. It’s a gorgeous old church that’s been converted to an event space. Seeing the models walk down the runway, with the beautiful church décor in the background is so dramatic. Only in LA can you see a fashion show in a church. After that, I would head to Bottega Louie for some sausage pizza. I love everything there but I’m especially obsessed with the thin, crispy pizza. I love the vibe at Bottega Louie; the high ceilings project the sounds from different conversations to create an energy that reminds me of my travels to San Francisco. It’s very fun and upbeat. From there, I make my way over to the Falls which my favorite bar in LA. It’s small and there is not a lot of signage from the outside so it can be easy to miss. But once you are inside…it’s majestic. I love the dramatic wall décor and the way the bar in the middle displays alcohol makes me want to drink more. I end the night across the street at Syrup Dessert for Belgian waffles with fresh fruit and ice cream. It’s the perfect late night treat after a long night.
What not-yet-opened spot are you looking forward to seeing?
Greystone Manor. I have been hearing a lot of crazy buzz about that place and can’t wait to go. From what I’ve heard, inside is very grandiose and dramatic. I love that it is a supperclub so you can get dinner + drinks to enjoy the full night on the town without having to go from venue to venue. And I always like to check out the latest Hollywood hot spots.
What was your first LA nightlife experience?
I was in college and went to one of those 18 and over clubs called the Palace. I don’t think it still exists, but it used to be promoted on Kiss FM. Me and a group of friends wanted to party but we didn’t know where to go. Kiss FM said the Palace was cool so we went. I remember long lines and very random/mixed crowd. It was a mega club with several different levels. After a while I got lost and couldn’t find my friends. Somehow I got pushed on stage and started dancing with all the crazy girls. My friends spotted me on stage and dragged me down. It was a really fun night, and even though I never went back, it was a fun introduction to nightlife in LA
It’s 2 AM and you are leaving the bar. Where do you go for late night munchies?
Any taco truck. I love the Kogi truck but it’s not always around. Any and all tacos taste delicious at 2 AM. I LOVE crane asada and a little green sauce. Tacos Mexico is another favorite. And King Taco is always a classic. And Kouraku in Little Tokyo has the most amazing fried rice and ramen. It soaks up all the alcohol after a long night and you are good to go.
Where should Night Tap run it’s next deal?
I would say a Downtown LA experience. People seem to gravitate towards downtown more and more…there is a lot happening down there. It would be fun to shine a spotlight on downtown. I think when people think nightlife the first thing they think of is Hollywood. Night Tap could help shift the spotlight to Downtown. It’s a very convenient place to party and you have a little bit of everything. I would love to do a bar crawl in conjunction with art walk to get a little bit of culture before going a little crazy.
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