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NIGHT LINES

Need proof that Hollywood’s club scene is still hot? Look no further than Facade -- the bar with two entrances connected through a back patio. Miami night-life impresario Robert Vinokur (pictured at right) has teamed up with Giant owner Dave Dean (left) to turn the twin locales (6356 Hollywood Blvd. and 1643 Ivar Ave., the former the home of the old Ivar) into two new clubs. “We will be thoroughly renovating the location soon, splitting the club into two unique 300- to 500-capacity venues,” says Dean, the dance-music kingpin and the man behind downtown L.A.'s New Year’s Eve blowout Giant Maximus. “New names will be attached to both venues. . . . Sound and production will be a priority as Giant will be utilizing the venues for up-and-comers, cutting-edge and change-of-pace artists.” Translation? Look for more buzzing underground DJs from around the world (but perhaps not the huge names like France’s David Guetta that regularly play Giant’s larger Saturday night parties at Vanguard) to play the yet-to-be-named bars, which Vinokur says will bow in two phases. “Facade will continue to be open for the next four to six months, and then we start renovations on the Hollywood Boulevard side,” Vinokur says. “We are cutting the club in half and will renovate the front part first.” Vinokur, who has a concurrent nightclub project at the Fox Theater in Hollywood just blocks away, says to look for the first portion of new club to open this fall, with the second half opening in early 2009. . . . For those of you heading to Las Vegas, check out Puff Lounge, a new 10,000-square-foot club. The Moroccan-themed venue (1030 E. Flamingo Road) has “plush seating, live entertainment, top-notch DJs, intimate dance floors and a killer sound and light system” -- and it’s open 24 hours a day. . . . Downtown L.A. has another new upscale destination. Seven restaurant and bar (555 W. 7th St., no relation to the WeHo bar Seven) opened last week and is serving beer, wine and saketinis until 11:30 nightly. Look for Seven to stay open until 2 a.m. next month, when proprietors expect their full liquor license to come through.

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-- Charlie.Amter@latimes.com


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