Elevate Lounge, across from Takami Restaurant on the 21st floor of a downtown high-rise, has 6000 square feet of dance and lounge space in one big open area. Retractable glass walls (sliding doors) open to the outdoor lounge with a south-west view over downtown LA from Wilshire. The dance floor is relatively small compared to the amount of space. Most of the seating is reserved for bottle service, which is typical in LA clubs, so it often sits empty while everyone stands around.
The club is only open on weekends. The line for the club forms downstairs in front of the building.
Address: 811 Wilshire Blvd., 21st floor Los Angeles, CA 90007
Phone: (213) 236-9600
Hours: Fri 10 pm - 2 am, Sat 9:30 pm to 2 am
Cover Charge: $20
Bottle Service/Group Table Reservations: $325 and up, email@example.com
Dress Code: "Men must wear collared shirts and dress shoes. NO baggy/ripped jeans, t-shirts, tennis shoes (No Vans, Chucks, any lace-up shoes with rubber-based soles will not be allowed inside, they need to be DARK DRESS SHOES only), no ball caps/beanies etc."
Wait: often 30 minutes to over an hour on weekends
Guest List: Elevate has an online guest list you can sign up for. It requires you to be in the door before 10:30 to have the cover charge waived.
Parking: $7 valet or street parking if you can find it
This information was accurate at the time of publication. Please check with venue for the most current information.
The Crowd at Elevate
The crowd is a mixture of locals from 3 counties and tourists, all ethnicities and ages from 20s to 40s, with the crowd averaging younger as it gets later and the dinner crowd goes home. A bachelorette party had women outnumbering men 3 to one on the dance floor on the Saturday night I was there.
The management bases the fullness of the house on when the dance floor is packed, not when the club is full, so you may wait an hour in line when the lounge area is half empty because there's no room on the dance floor.
There are many complaints about the door policy at Elevate, where bouncers pick and choose who gets in regardless of your position in line.
People coming across after dinner at Takami get priority over the line of people waiting downstairs, but you have to buy a full dinner, not just hang out at the Takami bar, to get the cover charge waived, and Takami patrons are not guaranteed entry into Elevate.
The Music at Elevate
They play the same type of music every night, which is a mix of techno, hip hop and old school. It started out pretty danceable, but got less interesting as the evening wore on. I wondered if it was a deliberate ploy to thin out the dance floor and get people to go drink.
Food and Drink
There is no food served at Elevate, but if you're hungry before midnight (sometimes they close earlier), you can step across the hall for a snack at Takami.
Beer prices are among the highest in the neighborhood, but cocktails are about average and reasonably strong.
Bottle Service is available.