Get Your Social On: Lexington Social House

By Jeff Meltz

Time to get your social on at Hollywood’s new restaurant/club/bar, Lexington Social House. Located at the intersection of hot and hip — otherwise known as Hollywood and Vine — the elegantly decorated space is actually three spots in one. Have dinner in the posh dining room, a drink in the spacious garden patio and then, later, migrate to the club. No need to cab it.

The brainchild of the brother-and-sister team, Jeremy and Junella Chin, they’re trying something new in Hollywood by trying to keep their customers all night long. So far, it appears to be working.

To make dinner a memorable affair, they hired top-name chef Mette Williams, who was the first woman to work as a sous chef at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, and later, Cut. Williams calls her menu “modern, rustic American,” which shows in dishes like her tasty crispy fried chicken with mustard sauce, or her roasted pork rack, served with sweet apple compote. If you don’t feel like a feasting in the dining room, the bar bites are tasty and filling.

By far the prime location is the 10,000-square-foot back patio, with comfy couches and seating areas around fire pits, trees and all-white bar. Get there early to score one of the sofas.

By all means, sample the extensive cocktail menu and interesting cocktail names — Be a Super-Hero which consists of grey goose vodka, lime juice, cranberry, strawberry pop rocks. Uh huh. Pop rocks. Or, you might prefer to be a Teacher’s Pet (bulleit rye whiskey, velvet falernum, crème de violet, peychaud’s bitters) or go on a Tropical Holiday (zirbenz stone pine liqueur, pineapple juice, lemon juice, velvet falernum, angostura bitters.) Bar manager Kyle Ackley  is such a perfectionist that he makes his own ginger syrup, cucumber-water ice cubes, and the aforementioned Pop Rocks candy all from scratch.

The crowd is eclectic and upscale, from the A-listers to dressy clubgoers to leather-clad musicians. And someone is taking the music seriously — on the last visit we heard a mash-up of The Ting Tings, Psychedelic Furs and Morrissey. Stick around for the DJ, when the House transforms into a lively club, with plenty of people packing the dance floor.

Social–ism at its best.

Lexington Social House, 1718 Vine St., Hollywood, CA 90028

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