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Don't Forget the Derby!

by Alethea (writer), Los Angeles, October 19, 2006

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In the days of the Golden Hollywood era, the Brown Derby was the place to be. The Derby started as a cute little restaurant in Hollywood shaped like a derby hat. It soon spread to 3 other locations throughout Hollywood, all of which were bombarded with old time movie stars, swing dancers and night-clubbers. Carole Lombard, Clark Gable, and Lucille Ball were some of the faces you might have seen frequenting these hot spots. Sadly however, to date there is only one Derby left as the rest have been turned into malls, parking lots or offices.

The last of the original Derbies stands on Los Feliz Blvd, close to Griffith Park. When you walk inside, you can still see the charm of the vintage architecture. There are two different lounges with a bar on each, many couches, and booth tables in the wall that you can cover with curtains hanging on the sides. The motif is quite charming.

I went there last Tuesday to check out Go Betty Go, one of the few all female bands. I was surprised to see hardly anyone there (although granted it was a Tuesday). Although I can't vouch for what it's like on the weekends, it seems that during the week it is a low key place to chill with a lot to offer in terms of ambiance.

This month, Wednesdays and Fridays are "Can of Jam" days which play live music. This Sunday is "swing Sunday" in which you can get a quick lesson before you cut a rug on the dance floor. You can still catch Go Betty Go this coming Tuesday if you're down to see an upbeat group of girls rocking out. Aside from all the official club activities, you can even book your own private party.

Although its popularity may have waned from the earlier days, I would bet that the Derby is one of Los Angeles's most chic low-keyed secrets. It's definately worth a look.

You can check out the website at clubderby.com.



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