1 Soho House
Who hasn't heard of Soho House? It seems like the every celebrity under the stars has dined here, while every truly chic event in Los Angeles has been hosted here. Its members, however, enjoy an even more memorable experience. There is a screening room, club bar, rooftop terrace, all manner of meals, and all manner of privacy. Mind you, there is an incredibly lengthy process to become a member, and not everyone is guaranteed. Each applicant must be nominated by two existing members who can belong to any of the Houses, then have to fill out a membership form which will be reviewed by the appropriate club’s Membership Committee, who meet approximately every three months. Those applicants selected to become members following each meeting are notified via email. Those who are not immediately successful will be added to a waiting list and reviewed at each follow-up meeting. For pure exclusivity alone, a membership at Soho House feels like finding Willy Wonka's golden ticket.
9200 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood (310) 432-9200
2 The Jonathan Club
The Jonathan Club was first established in 1894 as a political group, and segued into a social club just one year later. Many notable Club members (also known as Jonathans) have shaped the destiny of Southern California such as Edward Dickson and Ernest Moore, who conceived the idea of UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) over lunch in the fall of 1917. There are, in fact, two Jonathan Clubs in Los Angeles—one by the beach and the one we've chosen to highlight, its 'Town Club.' Inside this plush members-only den, you'll find European Renaissance décor, plush furnishings and a rooftop escape with the glittering L.A. skyline at your disposal. Here you will also find a place to de-stress in the au courant spa or exercise in the house gym. Very haute indeed.
545 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles (213) 624-0881
3 The California Club
The California Club is a Los Angeles institution. Open since 1897 and as created by noted architect Robert Farquhar, the Club has hosted leaders in business, industry and government. It has a classic charm thanks to touches like fine antiques, handcrafted furniture and rich imported fabrics. You'll also fine a gourmet dining experience courtesy of Executive Chef Jean Marc Weber as well as a top notch sommelier on hand here to tempt you with the selection of over 25,000 bottles. Here you'll also find a museum quality art collection, 51 overnight rooms and suites with room service available, a 24 hour fitness center with personal trainer, a barbershop, dry cleaning, shoeshine and laundry services, and club events that include culinary dinners, wine tastings, music nights, dinner dances, opera performances, art evenings, renowned speakers from the fields of politics, sports, science, business, the arts, and education.
538 S Flower St, Los Angeles (213) 622-1391
4 Balboa Bay Club
Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach has attracted many a celebrity due to its locate, its chic decor and its proximity to the ocean. Past visitors to the California waterfront Club have included Humphrey Bogart, Robert Wagner, Lauren Bacall, Natalie Wood, John Travolta, Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Carey, and Russell Simmons. The Club’s harbor-front bar and lounge, Duke’s Place, was even named after John Wayne, who was on the Board of Governors. Located on 15 acres overlooking the Newport bay, the Club offers hospitality, dining, entertainment, sports, health and wellness. Club members enjoy a state of the art fitness center, full service men’s and women’s spa, two Olympic-sized swimming pools, a private beach, dinner options at the members-only Members Grill basketball and racquetball courts all conveniently accessed through a complimentary valet parking service. Members also enjoy dining options at several different locations including the Members-Only Members Grill.
1221 West Coast Hwy, Newport Beach (888) 445-7153
5 41 Ocean
41 Ocean is a very unique members-only club for a more youthful set. Tucked away in a rear courtyard off of Ocean Avenue, this Matt Winter-designed club transports its members back to the golden era of old Hollywood with its vintage furniture and fixtures, plastered walls, wood-beamed ceilings and archways. In the secluded courtyard, where fireplaces, ivy and canopies create a relaxed and festive atmosphere, are both tables and sofas for outdoor dining and late night lounging. 41 Ocean also has an intimate, raised dining area with a 1910 upright Weser piano and a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system. You can expect great live performances by top talents – including some of its members - and late night DJs as well as an excellent and innovative cocktail program courtesy of mixologist Rob Floyd.
1541 Ocean Ave #150, Santa Monica (310) 566-3870