If you’ve gone to Henry’s on a Wednesday or spent a Saturday night watching David Arquette play with puppets at Bootsy Bellows, you know that the H.wood Group understands the appeal of bottle-popping madness as a DJ keeps the crowd dancing.
But at their new Blind Dragon lounge, the nightlife kings are creating a more chill vibe where the soundtrack can be your own voice. Blind Dragon, located in West Hollywood’s former Chi Lin space, is an upscale karaoke lounge where you can eat salad, dim sum, and pizza while drinking sake bombs (with Kirin Light) and retro-themed cocktails like the Miami Vice (Bacardi 8, sake, coconut, passion fruit and lychee juice) and the Pink Panther (Don Julio Blanco, pomegranate juice, Pama liqueur, lychee and yuzu juice).
Once inside, you can order as you please in the singing-free main space, but the three private karaoke rooms start at a $150-per-hour minimum spend for a two-hour slot. You could, of course, just buy bottles (many are around $300) to hit that number, but $300 also gets you a punch bowl full of anything on the cocktail list.
This isn’t gentle pricing, but it’s more accessible than a bottle-focused nightclub.
“There is a big niche in the marketplace we have found that our crowd loves,” says H.wood Group co-founder and president John Terzian, whose company also operates The Nice Guy, an exclusive reservations-only restaurant and bar. “It is a social gathering space that is between a restaurant and a club. In this case, we also have extra entertainment–with the karaoke rooms.”
If the idea of a $300 punch bowl doesn’t make you flinch and you’d rather hear yourself wail instead of listening to that Tiesto song for the 700th time, this could be your place.
Blind Dragon, 9201 W. Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, 310-274-7500