Lincoln Speakeasy Brings Late-Night Libations And Entertainment To The Westside
Lincoln Speakeasy, an exclusive late-night social club for the Westside, open from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. on weekends, will debut Saturday, March 12th in an undisclosed location someplace along its namesake highway.
Details of the secret venue surfaced ironically on an Eventbrite page shared to Facebook last week. At first glance, the tease of a 1,350 square-foot venue featuring live music from underground artists, craft cocktails and fine dining on Lincoln Blvd. sounded a lot like new ownership at WitzEnd, an intimate live music and comedy lounge that shuttered last May.
Lincoln Speakeasy’s producer (who asked to remain anonymous) confirmed that his venue is not WitzEnd but rather an underutilized event space “south of Venice Blvd.” That’s all he and his business partner will give up before opening night, and even then, the location will be emailed only to guests who have either RSVP’d with a single night or annual membership pass. Instructions will include details of a private entrance, and when guests arrive, they will be shown to an area secluded, but not entirely hidden.
“If you don’t know it’s going on, you won’t know it’s happening,” he says. “It’s off the grid and has no real physical address. The entry is also behind the venue via a kitchen entrance.”
A short list of cocktails featured on the deco-themed website plays along with the speakeasy concept—the signature drink is a rye whiskey and ginger beer with honey and lemon—but nothing to the lengths of say … milk punch served in crystal cut tumblers. The food menu will offer a reprieve from anything else on Lincoln this time of night with burrata and heirloom tomatoes, ahi tuna poke, and curried beef bobotie spring rolls among the selection. Guests can dine around the kitchen counter as dishes are prepared just for them by Charles Voudouris, a private chef by day, whose prior experience includes running the restaurants at the Viceroy resort in Anguilla.
But the main attraction is a promise of quality music and entertainment, the kind that Westsiders often commit to distant parts of the city.
“In the course of doing events off and on, this has been the first opportunity presented to me where I have something that I can call my own,” he says. “Music is one of the main features of what I’m doing, as well as providing excellent customer service and food and drinks, and just really having a cool Westside vibe for those who are sick of having to travel past the 405 or Downtown or over to Hollywood to get some quality entertainment.”
He counts himself among the many. After moving from Hollywood to Santa Monica a few years ago, it became apparent that while there are plenty of great events hosted on the Westside, he recognized a need for more intimate music venues consistently offering a memorable experience.
To start, Lincoln Speakeasy will feature DJs doing an eclectic mix of deep house and electronic music, but will progress into acoustic sets and vocal performances. The venue is separated into two rooms, “one room will be strictly kind of a lounge vibe and the other room will be where the DJ is situated—still a lounge vibe, but with the potential to get a little dancier and maybe a little rowdier but nothing crazy. I don’t want this to be a loud club of any kind. I just want this to be a place where people can socialize and appreciate good music while they’re there.”
The hidden-in-plain-sight element of the space creates the idea of a modern day speakeasy, but it is as much a social club like the popular Soho house in West Hollywood and others joining this new LA trend like 41 Ocean in Santa Monica, where acceptance is based more on creative endeavors and a subjective cool factor than career title or annual income.
Membership passes are offered for a single night ($25) and annually (around $150). Perks of an annual membership include discounted rooms at a nearby hotel, access to summer pool parties and other events hosted by Lincoln Speakeasy.
“We’re not being over the top about [the screening process]. We just want to make sure that the people who are attending are artists or professionals that have just got something really cool to offer anybody that’s going to be there. I want this also to be a hub where people can come together and exchange ideas and work together to go to the next level. I think one of the things I noticed about living in LA, especially when I was living up in Hollywood, is that everybody’s on their own agenda. Everyone’s fighting and part of this big rat race, and I feel that that doesn’t help anybody. I want to create an environment where people are more than happy to help others and by doing so hopefully they help elevate everybody in the same process.”
For more information visit Lincoln Speakeasy.