As one of Los Angeles’ most experienced nightlife reporters, we can state in all seriousness that the dressing up, guzzling down and boogie-ing around we’ve done inside clubs over the years has all been real and valuable “research.” Well mostly. Growing up in L.A. and going out since the teen years has given us a unique perspective when critiquing party alchemy. And if we were to make another controversial “List Post” (we wont, not now anyway) counting the Top 10 LA Clubs of the Past 20 years, and maybe all-time, at least two of them would belong to our pal Bryan Rabin.
His badass bash known as Club Cherry was the obvious precursor to the “polysexual” parties of today like A Club Called Rhonda and Mr. Black. Sexual preferences were beside the point at this wild dance party, especially after a few cocktails, when everyone started liking everyone no matter their gender. All you needed was a little glitz and a healthy amount of rock n’ roll swagger to fit in. And the music was as mixed as the crowd, with the playlist spotlighting glam rock from the 70s, sexy new wave from the 80s, and pop and rock from the 90s (which at the time was contemporary).
Cherry was legendary and when Rabin hung up his bedazzled frocks and moved from club throwing to private party planning for major corporations and fashion houses, it was a loss for the club scene. Fans have been asking him to throw another club since Cherry closed, and he gave in a couple years ago with a soiree that focused on the retro-glitter ambience of his previous party and meshed it with the exclusivity of Hollywood’s celeb hangouts: Diamond Dogs.
Though it lasted less than a year, the happening at H-Wood got tons of buzz thanks to Rabin’s reputation and his co-promoters designer Kelly Cole and music exec Ian Cripps respective crowds, plus a stellar list of additional “party hosts” including celebrities, stylists, rockers, and even writers (moi!). A place for bodacious bon vivants and dance floor vamps alike, Dogs bridged the gap between velvet ropes and (vintage) velvet pants, with a rock heavy soundtrack fueling the debauchery and sounding fresh again.
We’re excited to declare that Diamond will shine again TONIGHT, this time at Bardot. Rabin, Cole and Cripps are back together again and have some big plans moving forward too! From secret shows (that we cant yet reveal) to special promos and performances, the decadence of Dogs is back. Come out of the garden, baby….
Above, pics from one of the first Diamond Dogs parties at H-Wood, filled some fab, recognizable faces!