H.Wood Group Pushes WeHo Nightlife Forward
Explore their hottest local spots, from Blind Dragon to 40 Love
The H.Wood Group, helmed by West LA native John Terzian and partner Brian Toll, is arguably the biggest force in hospitality right now, and their most exciting properties are in West Hollywood and its surrounding areas.
“Always give people more than they expect to get….” – The quote is brandished across H.Wood’s website, and it’s the core concept behind everything they do. From sexy and spirited DJ-driven nightclubs to intimate eateries for an exclusive clientele, to whimsical retro atmospheres suitable for nights of celebration, Terzian, Toll, and their team continue to refine and define nightlife in LA, and they’ve turned the Westside regions of the city into popular after dark destinations rivaling and often reigning over other trendy parts of town such as Downtown and Hollywood.
Terzian got his start studying law and throwing parties for local sports teams on the side just out of his teens, then went on to manage one of the first superstar deejays, DJ AM, eventually working on a club with him in Hollywood and Las Vegas (LAX) before running his own. He had some temporary hits and misses in Hollywood, but didn’t find enduring success until focusing West (Santa Monica’s Shorebar, then the Beverly Hills-adjacent restaurant The Nice Guy and most notably, West Hollywood’s still-bustling Boosty Bellows with actor David Arquette).
“I believe West Hollywood is the hub for the city of Los Angeles,” says Terzian. “As far as being a destination for seeking a combination of food, beverages, and nightlife, over the past several years it has blossomed. The city itself supports the businesses and in turn the business owners want to keep pushing the city forward.”
For Terzian, the push included turning the H.Wood Group into a full-fledged lifestyle company in 2008, and quickly expanding its nightlife and restaurant division, as well as corporate branding, real-estate development, event production, and catering services. Thanks to famous friends and fans (Justin Bieber, the Kardashians, and Katy Perry, to name a few) following, frequenting, and getting photographed outside their establishments by LA paparazzi, H.Wood quickly garnered attention, press, and crowds clamoring to get in, which allowed them to open more venues and hence, grow their empire.
InStyle and Vogue magazine have dubbed H.Wood’s WeHo and Westside venues bonafide star magnets, but you don’t actually have to be a celebrity to enter most of them, at least on certain nights of the week.
West Hollywood offers some of the most glamorous nightlife in the world, with luxe locales that provide uniquely thematic atmospheres for varied tastes in music, décor, and dining.
This beautiful opium den-like restaurant is fun and fusion-driven both food and drink-wise, but its karaoke rooms are as coveted as the cuisine. Asian fare with a tiki flair is served late and most nights the crooning takes place on stage, too. But check out the luxurious private rooms, each artfully themed by color and design and offering sounds and visuals for over 25,000 licensed songs to bring out your inner rockstar.
9201 SUNSET BOULEVARD, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90069310-595-1091, BLINDDRAGONLA.COM
Named after David Arquette’s mother (she was a burlesque dancer, and Bootsy was her stage name), BB has been going strong on the Sunset Strip for several years now. The bodacious mod ‘60s vibe is enhanced by glammed up go-go dancers, live music, DJs, and even puppets (Arquette loves puppetry). It’s a circus-like scene here on weekends, but looking sharp and arriving early should get you in. Or get bottle service if you don’t mind spending big bucks.
9229 SUNSET BOULEVARD, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90069310-274-7500, HWOODGROUP.COM/BOOTSY-BELLOWS
H.Wood’s first live music venue is a partnership with Interscope records showcasing up and coming artists in a homey vintage-style atmosphere. The vibrant venue features state of the art sound brought in specifically for music biz events and playback listening parties. To get in, check out their website and see which shows offer tickets, who’s playing, and simply click “buy.“
8713 BEVERLY BOULEVARD, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90048310-274-7500, PEPPERMINTCLUB.COM
An homage to roaring 20’s art decor style, the splendorous supper club features classic and modern American cuisine and mixology driven cocktails early in the evening followed by live entertainment, dancing, and bottle service later. Walking into this upscale Great Gatsby style space is like leaving LA and stepping into flashback fantasy, and thankfully, you don’t need a time machine to do so.
7969 SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90046
Also check out H. Wood Group’s L.A. properties outside of West Hollywood:
H.Wood’s newest venue has 25 flat-screen TVs, and it’s a great place to watch the game, but 40 Love is designed to feel more like a country club than your typical sports bar. Alongside the chicken wings and curly fries on the menu, you’ll find more elegant offerings, such as the Napa cabbage salad and sweet potato fries with truffle honey.
The Nice Guy
It’s a “members-only” eaterie popular with young Hollywood types and friends of the owners, but this dark and cozy place is surprisingly unpretentious. The general public may not make it onto the members list, but reservations to eat there (usually early) are available via the website.
H.Wood’s newest nightclub has a beauteous atrium and mansion style décor, but with DJs blasting hip-hop and bottle service tables throughout, it’s a ritzy Vegas vibes all the way.
Adjacent to Poppy, this new restaurant in the space that used to house the trendy steakhosue STK, offers a menu full of tasty Latin and Japanese fusion.
The spot that started it all, H.Wood’s first lounge by beach features an extensive drink list, DJs, and a classy nautical ambiance.