Pop queen Katy Perry celebrated her Part of Me premiere with pals, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and Robert Pattinson here. Heiress Paris Hilton got accosted by paparazzi here. Usually under-the-radar Lindsay Lohan had her raging 26th birthday here. Bootsy Bellows, the newest nightclub to grace the Sunset Strip, is the place to see and be seen, ladies and gentlemen.
Brought to you by infallible nightlife impresarios Brian Toll and John Terzian of h.wood group (SHOREbar), Darren Dzienciol (The Beverly, Trousdale), and actor David Arquette (Beacher’s Madhouse), Bootsy Bellows has mastered the art of reeling in the who’s who of Hollywood and keeping them there. This collection of all stars are reinventing nightlife in a very big way, using all the bells and whistles that make a nightclub the “It” spot (tight door, A-list regulars, bottle service clients, tons of babes, a stunning ambiance, and a back VIP room). But then, they’ve managed to push the envelope even further, by pulling out bags of tricks and implementing concepts you’ve only seen in dreams.
Named after Arquette’s mother (Bootsy Bellows was her burlesque name), Bootsy Bellows’ décor channels a Rat Pack-era club: luxuriously chic, yet sleek and simple. But, what goes on at Bootsy Bellows is anything but simple. The glamorously crazy performance-driven club is hedonistic chaos embodied.
Once you saunter past the hardest door in Hollywood, be prepared to get transported into a whole new world filled with thrilling, out-of-this-world oddities like: puppeteers holding Michael Jackson, Keith Richards, and Bela Lugosi marionettes that freak-dance with women (….women as in Lindsay Lohan) as gorgeous servers in cat outfits swank by with Dom Perignon and sparklers in hand to tend to their entertainment exec bottle service clients. Atop the revue-apt stage, beautiful burlesque dancers swing their hips in front of the DJ booth. A giant Asian model can be seen freak dancing with a little old white man in bottle-cap thick glasses while a dwarf douses himself in the finest Champagne. Hollywood’s finest party girls dance along the walls of booths as an afro’d man reminiscent of Snoop Dogg shoots white confetti from a cannon into the crowd. Throughout all of this, one of the best, most sought after DJ’s in the world spins in between ensembles by a live band that chimes in intermittently. Yep, off the wall entertainment is an understatement.
Perhaps much of the inspiration in dreaming up these multi-faceted crazy concepts stems from Arquette’s involvement with Beacher’s Madhouse at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, a vaudeville-inspired lounge and theater that has revolutionized nightlife in the city (flying little people dresses as Oompa Loompas, go-go girls, burlesque dancers, live animals, fire-breathers, you know…the works).
During all this bedlam, super VIP clientele can “hide out” in the Old Hollywood-esque disco ball-clad private room, the super chill Ivory Bar. As guests lounge on the pink tufted leather sofas situated on classic black and white checkered floors, they can watch all the craziness happen from a distance via one-way mirrors. And if they feel like it, they can take a seat at the baby grand piano and play away – that is, if there’s not a surprise performance booked (i.e. Lady Gaga strolling in, grabbing a mic and plundering away at those keys on any given night!).
Though the crowd is celebrity-heavy, a night at Bootsy Bellows always has some regular ole’ LA folk – that is, variations of “A-list” elites; from top fashion, art, entertainment, music, PR “industry people”, to oil heirs to infamous Hollywood club kids to downright babes. Other celebrities that frequent this wacky wonderland include Nicole Scherzinger, Emma Roberts, Josh Henderson, Brody Jenner, Pretty Little Liars’ Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Eduardo Cruz, Chord Overstreet, James Van Der Beek, and Jasmine Waltz.
Bootsy Bellows may have come up with the perfect formula of just the right elements to stay successful, and still exclusive. If Bootsy Bellows keeps this up, there’s no doubt they’ll be surviving way beyond Hollywood’s average club life span (which typically only consists of a five- to ten-month shelf life.)
Bootsy Bellows is located at 9229 West Sunset Boulevard. Insider tip: the best nights are Tuesday & Saturday. The doorman’s name is Parker – dress the part & arrive early for entry.