There are many fashion-forward historic hotspots in Hollywood—far beyond Rodeo Drive or Melrose Avenue.
Fashion and Los Angeles has a special synergy—it’s where celebrities strut their style, whether it’s the Oscars red carpet or simply getting out of their cars, snapped by the paparazzi. But besides shopping destinations like The Grove, or Robertson Boulevard, where do fashionistas go after a long day of boutique hopping?
One new rooftop bar is being put on the map as a go-to fashion hotspot, right in the heart of Hollywood.
Bar Lis is a bar, lounge and nightclub on the rooftop of the Thompson Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, and brings a bit of French flair to the star-studded strip.
It’s named after an imaginary girl named “Lis,” who flees to the French Riviera in the 1960s, with the dreams of becoming a singer, and performs for Hollywood stars who are visiting the south of France.
“It’s designed to be a transportive French Riviera-inspired 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 stars at the beach during the 1960s and 1970s adorn the walls, back when Hollywood stars flocked to the South of France as their getaway—from Bridget Bardot, to Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean and Grace Kelly.
“It aims to capture Lis’ contemporaries, at the time, and immerses guests in the story of the lounge,” Puga explains. The bar was designed by creative director, Bernadette Blanc, who worked with Wendy Posner of Posner Fine Art to source, select and layout each photo.
It ties into the current vibe of Los Angeles, which draws creatives in the local neighborhood, which is directly in the Vinyl District, an area just outside of Hollywood’s tourist strip, which aims to offer an updated, nightlife-driven cultural hub inspired by artists and music legends.
“Hollywood, and Los Angeles itself, has historically catered to the creative set,” said Puga. “Bar Lis provides a venue 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 stroll through its premises, from The Weeknd, to Rita Ora, Drake to Taika Waititi, Anya Taylor-Joy and Lil Nas X. DJs that have performed here, including Diplo and Tove Lo.
It’s where local Angelenos use as a meeting spot for business, too. “It’s shining a light on the incredible creative potential here in the Vinyl District,” adds Puga. “The area is piquing interest of both locals and tourists for a night out in an area that previously saw little foot traffic.”
Upcoming, they have a monthly burlesque series called Femme Follies, which features world-renowned Beauty of Burlesque founder, Miss Tosh. And every Tuesday, Bar Lis hosts Jazz Eclectic LA, a live modern jazz night that draws locals and visitors. Every Thursday through Saturday night, they have guest DJs that include talents, like Ashley Smith and Bec Adams of Les Filles, Ana Calderon, as well as Rick Trainor and Wade Crescent, among others.
“The hotel was created for curious creatives who crave an unpretentious, design-conscious experience,” said Dan Daley, CEO and co-founder at Ten Five Hospitality.
“From the hotel’s artfully crafted interiors to our on-site dining and entertainment venues, every detail is thoughtfully curated with the discerning creative in mind.”