WHAT: A high-class, Parisian-style cocktail lounge on a quiet stretch of Melrose Avenue—with decadent perks like oysters, chocolate, and the occasional lingerie-clad aerialist gyrating overhead.
THE LOOK: Jazz Age in its heyday, with red-velvet tufted banquettes, chandeliers, a sunken fireplace parlor, and a glass-domed ceiling.
WHO GOES: A sophisticated Hollywood set—Paramount execs from the nearby studio and champagne-sipping Francophiles.
THE SOUND TRACK: Smooth tunes from jazz to hip-hop.
WHAT TO WEAR: A well-enforced dress code requires you to leave your rocker tee and fly kicks at home. Instead, don a fitted sport coat or cocktail dress.
WHAT TO DRINK: Libations skew baroque, such as the Kina Crusta (Lillet, Campari, lemon, grapefruit, and curaçao) and the Zou Bisou (vodka, lemon, honey, pineapple, lime—and champagne, bien sûr!).
THE DOOR POLICY: They welcome the hoi polloi but prefer the well-heeled. Go early on weekends unless you know someone (5574 Melrose Ave.).