The Doheny: Cedd Moses' Ultra-Private Club Revealed
Update: The Doheny sent over some fun facts regarding items mentioned in this piece. You can read about the biometric fingerprint reader, Sheperd Fairey's artwork and other information here.
For the record: In the original story below, 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.
I did it! I broke into the fortress of fortitude that is Cedd Moses' super-exclusive downtown club, the Doheny. I shunned the $4,950 initiation membership fee, barreled past the burly bouncers and scoffed at the elitist terms of membership.
OK, not really. All I really did was ask one of the Doheny's famed barmen, Marcos Tello, if I could stop by and check out their cocktails. And like the good guy he is he said, "Sure." But on the one condition that I don't bring a camera of any kind. Gasp! Yeah, I'd have to rely on my failing memory and my copious but illegible notes.
And if I did try to take a picture I'd get kicked out. Not wanting that to happen or for Marcos to get in trouble, I agreed to the terms. Oh, and I HAD to dress nice as there was a strict dress code. I wanted to bring my boyfriend, too, but when I told him that he had to dress up, i.e. not wear jeans, he said ferget it.
So instead I brought my new friend Jeannine, who also happens to be a friend and fan of Seven Grand and knew Marcos pretty well. And being a stylish girl she wasn't opposed to dressing nice at all.
Bonus was that Jeannine had visited the Doheny before, as it just opened last month, so she knew where to go. Her "in" was former general manager, Aidan. Unfortunately, as of Tuesday, Aidan's no longer there though. But at least we had Marcos, which isn't a bad thing at all.