“Everyone loves to party in Hollywood,” said Vince Williams, an actor-host who frequents some of Tinseltown’s more tantalizing and exclusive nightclubs. “You have tourists that come far and wide just to experience this town’s star-studded nightlife.” So how does one get inside these privileged venues? “You have to know the hot spots and promoters, look good and be willing to spend lots of money,” said Williams. There are also other ways to wine, dine and shake and shimmy alongside famous celebrities. Here are a few of LA’s most exclusive clubs and some tips on how to get inside.

The Sayers Club

1645 Wilcox Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 655-8000

Hidden behind a hot dog stand, this high-brow nightspot attracts LA’s elite and some of the hottest performing artists in the music, television and major motion picture industries. Some of its entertainers that have taken the stage embody the likes of actress and singer-songwriter Emmy Rossum, singer-dancer-guitarist Mark Ballas, percussionist Sheila E. and Grammy-winning singer and multi-instrumentalist Stevie Wonder. Known for its spontaneity, expect to see Hollywood’s more luminary power kegs, including award-winning producer-actor Jeremy Piven and actor-director Joseph Gordon-Levitt drop in unannounced. If you’re not on a guest list, don’t know someone who is associated with this exclusive club or unable to maintain a fat wallet, getting inside this swank tank may be a challenge.

Greystone Manor

643 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(310) 652-2012

Between Thursday and Saturday nights, scores of locals and tourists warm the sidewalk outside this oft-crowded supper club in an effort to tell their family and friends that they shared the same space with the likes of actress-singer Jennifer Lopez, pop artist Chris Brown or Grammy-winner Rihanna, among other Hollywood figures rocking star power. This venue, featuring plush couches, high ceilings, banging music, an animated dance floor, and showgirls, is a fixture in today’s pop culture. Canadian recording artist Drake rapped about the must-see hangout on “Pop That,” a 2012 hit single by rapper French Montana. The easiest way to get in is to book a dinner, reserve bottle service, purchase tickets to see some of the best DJs on the planet or buy a VIP fast pass that allows you to avoid long lines and the gatekeeper.

Emerson

7080 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 525-2453

Enveloped by old-world charm, towering velvet curtains, and dark wood, this immense hall of pure entertainment looks as though it was ripped from the pages of Hollywood’s scandalous era of prohibition. This exclusive club provides multiple stages for neo-burlesque, a revival of the traditional bump-and-grind performance that was brought to America from Great Britain in 1890. The club is open only on Wednesday and Friday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. both nights, with special engagements sometimes slated on a Tuesday evening. Emerson is characterized by its state-of-the-art light displays, elevated DJ booth and intimate areas in which to dine. The most suitable way to explore this hotspot is to know someone connected with Emerson, purchase bottle service, make dinner reservations or jump on a guest list.

AV

1601 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 466-1400

Celebrities Lindsay Lohan, Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Nick Cannon and Mel Gibson are just a few showstoppers who have stepped into the spotlight at this exclusive club that features the elegance of the Baroque era in its breathtaking decor. Tucked inside the historic 1920’s Marion building, the aristocratic venue highlights three platforms for go-go dancers, aerial rigging for theatrical performances and staging for dancing behind each table. Since its opening in 2012, AV has hosted some of the more celebrated DJs on the planet. Billed as a destination point where style and sophistication are synonymous, this entertainment center is a magnet for the rich and famous. Guests must simply make reservations for dinner or pre-arrange private events to enter this masterpiece of quality allure.

Lure

1439 Ivar Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 463-0004

Boasting a 50,000-watt sound system and more than 100 kinetic light spheres that dance with the music, this centerpiece of architectural dazzle is a lightning rod that attracts Hollywood heavyweights and socialites, like Paris Hilton and other stars of fame and infamy. Structured to accommodate up to 1,700 revelers, Lure features four full-service bars and a VIP section for celebrities. Gaining access might require some effort since a table reservation and bottle service are required unless you’re on the guest list or the doorman likes the way you look. Guests are ushered through a diamond-faceted façade that ends at an abstract garden that houses over-sized cabanas and awe-inspiring sculptures. Entertainment is provided mostly by world-class DJs that drop more than vicious beats — they put on a show.

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