Thankfully, Bar Delux opens Thursday on Cahuenga Boulevard.
Brought to you by the neighborhood's resident dynamic duo—Adolfo Suaya and designer Kristofer Keith—the bar aims to bring a little civility back to this patch of nightlife that's occasionally...more roaring than civil. Keith says he wants you to feel like you're in an Austrian hotel lobby in the '30s, so you'll find a staff tucked into flapper dresses to keep the dream alive.
You can stay warm by the fireplace (it's filled with candles) on the more casual side by the bar, or claim a couch above if you're in the mood for some Whiskey-Glazed Pork Belly and Tequila and Lobster Mole—from a menu designed by Eric Greenspan, the man behind the Foundry on Melrose. (The top half of the split-level table is for your food, the bottom is for your drinks.) You can do the bottle-service thing if you want to, but it's not required for couch time.
And if you suddenly realize you haven't seen your date in a while, she probably snuck away to the women-only enclave upstairs, where mirrored stalls spill out into a crimson lounge with leather furniture.
Not to worry, you've given them plenty to talk about...