At a Gorgeous New Silver Lake Bar, You Can Party Inside a Polish Art Film
LA Weekly: Tenants of the Trees is an ambitious new Silver Lake bar arriving on the scene with freshly planted trees and tea cocktails. Occupying the place where neighborhood gay bar MJ’s used to be, Tenants is a complete renovation of the space in an eclectic style that could be described as midcentury modern meets historic Poland. After years in the works, Tenants of the Trees is gearing up for business with a few weeks of private parties before its official opening on Sept. 15.
The business partners behind the venue, Reza Fahim and Jason Lev, both went to film school and drew on their love of cinema in creating the space. The influence is evident, from the actual film projection in the bar to the audio art playing in the bathroom. “Confessionals,” created by Joe McKee, is an audio loop of people confiding their real secrets in their real voices; it will be permanently installed in the bathroom to add another layer of narrative.
The bar is divided into three spaces. The front of the building is a small performance venue called Out of Order, where private parties and invite-only music shows with big acts will be unannounced, intimate events. Like a bathroom stall that the cool kids have crammed into and marked “out of order,” this space is meant to be fairly invisible from the outside, but it means most people will not enter the building through the front door. The entrance to this area includes a set of lockboxes where invited guests lock away their cellphones to help them focus on the experience (and prevent recordings).
Tenants of the Trees, the main bar (with its entrance in the alley), is a larger space with indoor-outdoor flow between a covered bar area, an open patio and a glass-walled, midcentury sunroom. The bar program was created by Proprietors LLC (Honeycut and Death & Co.) and features Kombucha Dog and Stumptown coffee on tap. – LA Weekly
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