There are many fashion landmarks in Hollywood—far beyond Rodeo Drive or Melrose Avenue.
Fashion and Los Angeles have a special synergy — it’s where celebrities feed off their style, whether it’s on the Oscars red carpet or just stepping out of their cars, snapped by the paparazzi. But aside from shopping destinations like The Grove, or Robertson Boulevard, where do fashionistas go after a long day of shopping?
A new rooftop bar is putting itself on the map as a trendy hot spot right in the heart of Hollywood.
Bar Lis is a rooftop bar, lounge and nightclub at the Thompson Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, and brings a bit of French flair to the star-studded strip.
It is named after a fictional girl named “Lis” who escapes to the French Riviera in the 1960s with dreams of becoming a singer and performs for Hollywood stars visiting the south of France.
“It’s designed to be a French Riviera-inspired transportation oasis in the middle of Hollywood,” said Sebastian Puga, EVP of Brand Experience at Ten Five Hospitality.
It has blue and white striped walls, while black and white photos of beach stars from the 1960s and 1970s adorn the walls, when Hollywood stars flocked to the south of France to get away – from Bridget Bardot to Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean and Grace Kelly.
“It aims to capture the Oak’s contemporaries, at the time, and immerse guests in the lounge’s history,” explains Puga. The bar was designed by creative director, Bernadette Blanc, who worked with Wendy Posner of Posner Fine Art to source, select and present each photo.
It ties in with the current Los Angeles vibe that draws creatives to the local neighborhood, which is directly in the Vinyl District, an area just off the Hollywood tourist strip that aims to provide an up-to-date cultural center driven by the lifestyle of at night, inspired by artists. and music legends.
“Hollywood and Los Angeles itself have historically catered to the creative community,” Puga said. “Bar Lis offers a place where like-minded individuals can escape high above the city to enjoy world-class live music and DJ sets.”
Bar Lis has seen a number of VIPs walk through its premises, from The Weeknd, to Rita Ora, Drake to Taika Waititi, Anya Taylor-Joy and Lil Nas X. DJs who have performed here include Diplo and Tove Lo.
It’s where local Angelenos also use as a meeting place for business. “It’s shining a light on the incredible creative potential here in the Vinyl District,” adds Puga. “The area is attracting interest from both locals and tourists for a night out in an area that previously saw little foot traffic.”
Coming soon, they have a monthly burlesque series called Femme Follies, featuring the world-renowned Beauty of Burlesque founder, Miss Tosh. And every Tuesday, Bar Lis hosts Jazz Eclectic LA, a lively modern jazz night that attracts locals and visitors alike. Every Thursday through Saturday night, they have guest DJs that include talents such as Ashley Smith and Bec Adams from Les Filles, Ana Calderon, as well as Rick Trainor and Wade Crescent, among others.
“The hotel was created for the inquisitive creative who desires an unpretentious and design-conscious experience,” said Dan Daley, CEO and co-founder at Ten Five Hospitality.
“From the hotel’s expertly crafted interiors to our on-site dining and entertainment venues, every detail is thoughtfully curated with the discerning designer in mind.”