It’s all cacti and cocktails at Los Angeles’ new desert rooftop pool oasis


Another day, another big Hollywood opening (including the reveal this morning of Grandmaster Recorders). This time it’s about soaring to the Desert 5 Spot, a Western-inspired rooftop bar located atop the Tommie Hotel – the same that now houses Wes Avila’s astonishing Ka’teen on the ground floor. -of the road.

Desert 5 Spot is not yet a full restaurant, however; Expect a smaller but still colorful space meant to serve as a lounge, cocktail bar, and hangout for bustling Hollywood. As with all Tommie projects, the Ten Five Hospitality team is behind the construction, with the help of Bernadette Blanc.

A batch cocktail for groups.

The group says they were heavily inspired by the small desert towns that dot the Mojave, including Pioneertown in Southern California. This region has seen its own hospitality boom over the past couple of years, with operations like the Red Dog Saloon welcoming locals and travelers alike for a meal and a beer.

Likewise, LA’s Desert 5 Spot will build on the juke-joint aesthetic with vintage furniture salvaged from small vintage shops in the Southwest, in addition to a retro jukebox, neon signage. , desert and sandstone tones, and a few cacti well placed around the property. This being a Hollywood rooftop tool and all, there’s also a swimming pool, views of the city beyond, and plans for live entertainment and programming, including live music performances and an in-house Western band.

The arrival this week of Desert 5 Spot – named after a flowering desert plant found across the Mojave – only marks the latest hospitality unveiling for white-hot Hollywood, which is enjoying a restaurant and restaurant renaissance. hotel like the city has never seen in years. Not only are there Ka’teen, Grandmaster Recorders, and Desert 5 Spot to contend with, but the region is also winning projects from Evan Funke (the Roman-inspired mother wolf), Lincoln Carson (Frenchman Mes Amis) and d ‘a trio of award-winning chefs who collaborate in the closed Paley space on Sunset.

The new Desert 5 Spot opens its doors this Saturday, December 11 at 6516 Selma Avenue, keeping the hours from 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Expect a more robust menu that includes food sometime in 2022.


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