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Fun Facts About the Doheny

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Earlier this month, we published a story about the Doheny. Due to some scheduling, Caroline on Crack was not able to meet up with a representative of the club to get a detailed tour. In lieu of that, the Doheny submitted some interesting facts and a "for the record" statement.

The facts are pretty cool, especially number two:

  • Despite the exclusivity of the club, jeans are actually allowed.
  • To quote the Doheny staff, "There will never be a retina scanner, but we do have a biometric fingerprint reader to confirm members as they enter."
  • The greenhouse mirror was hand painted and designed by local artist Shepard Fairey. Additionally, Fairey will have a video installation on a large 42" flat screen TV on the patio and in the entry.
  • The vintage patio furniture, true to the period of the club's design, was collected by Ricki Kline over a year, and covered with hand-sewn cushions.
  • Bar Bottles and jars were collected from all over the world by Vincenzo.
  • The lamp globes are original absinthe vases.
  • The hand-cut velvet clubroom trim is reminiscently based off of Hemingway's favorite bar In Havana, "El Floridita," historic bars in Europe, and the club's time period.
  • The Pullman booths were inspired by 1920's luxury cocktail club cars. Wood paneling quarter-sawn is original, as are the door pulls, and the antique clock above the entry, that charted time in Carrie Doheny's greenhouse.
  • Local celebrated chef, Neal Fraser is expanding the current soft-opening small plates menu. Currently, members can order takeout from the Liberty Grill restaurant next door or order in steaks and lobster from Arnie Morton's and The Palm. Food is also available every evening the club is open.
  • The Doheny was designed to a capacity of 100 people so that the experience would be elevated as a respite to the streets and other clubs.
  • The Doheny includes a serving kitchen, grand porte cochere, small private party space, and large event space adjacent to the club.

For the record: In the original story, it was said that the initiation fee is $4,950. To clarify, $2,750 is a one-time initiation fee. When combined with the annual $2,200 membership fee, the total for the first year only is $4,950.

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